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  1. Introduction.
  2. The effect of gender on lateralization.
    1. Gender lateralization and tasks.
    2. Gender, lateralization and handedness.
  3. Gender and lateralizations effect on language.
    1. Gender and Lateralization's effect on Dyslexia.
    2. Gender and lateralization's effect on phonological proficiency.
  4. Sexual orientations effect in lateralization.
    1. Sexual orientation and handedness.
    2. Sexual orientation and spatial abilities.
  5. Sexual orientation and lateralizations effect on language.
  6. Prenatal testosterone in lateralization.
  7. Conclusions and implications.

The subject of Gender influence on brain lateralization is a topic that has been explored in the scientific community. The consensus to this point is that gender does have an effect on lateralization and language. In proving this, it is important that the connection between gender differences in lateralization is established. After gender's effect on lateralization is explained, I will provide research about lateralization's effect on language, thereby directly linking gender's effect on language.

[...] SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND LATERALIZATION'S EFFECT ON LANGUAGE Without further evidence in this area, one could still validly assume that since sexual orientation has an effect on lateralization it would subsequently have an effect on language. But, there is research that can support this claim together with the inference just mentioned. Gotestam (2001) recorded a larger percentage of dyslexics in homosexual men than in heterosexual men. The male related disorder of dyslexia increases in homosexuals implicating that the changes in lateralization do effect language, specifically phonological abilities. [...]


[...] CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS The conclusions of this study are based on the findings of differences within and between gender and it's relation to prenatal testosterone. First of all, Females lateralize phonological tasks differently then males due to females lower amounts of prenatal testosterone. In addition, gay men and heterosexual men lateralize phonological tasks differently as well, possibly due to gay males high exposure to prenatal T. Expanding on these concrete conclusions, it is possible that prenatal T could effect sexual orientation of males. [...]


[...] & Pennington, B. (2006). Deficient implicit phonological representations in children with dyslexia. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 153-193. Gladue, B. A., Beatty, W. W., Larson, J., & Staton, R.D. (1990). Sexual orientations and spatial ability in men and women. Psychobiology 101-108. Gotestam, K Olof. (2001). Handedness and creativity in a sample of homosexual men. Perceptual and Motor Skills 1069-1074. Grimshaw, Gina eM, Bryden, M Philip, Finegan, Jo-Anne K. [...]

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