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What are the differences between boys and girls How different are they andwhat causes thses differences How is gender identity developed and how doesit affect childrens behavior and attitudes Gender identity is the awareness ofones gender and all it implies Human Development text 286 Genderdifferences are explained as psychological or behavioral differences betweenboth genders There are many theories to how and why gender differences exist Some people argue that circumcision at birth is a factor others say thedifferences are greatly influenced by the human brain Recent studies show thatthere are great specific differences found in both the male and female brain Next on one side people claim that evolution and biology is what makes usdifferent and the other side people plea that there is a lot more variation to thegender roles They say that society influences our reaction to the biologicalcourse Finally today some sex differences are considered to be of social origin Whatever the case may be many experiments have been conducted andalthough some differences are more obvious than others boys and girls are moreIt has been presented with evidence that circumcision of male infantscauses behavioral changes Gender differences instead may be the outcome ofthe alter behavior of circumcised males There are two studies which goals wereto examine the consequences and behavior of circumcision In 1971 it wasconcluded that circumcision was followed by non-rapid eye movement sleepNREM The amount of NREM increased and the number of NREM sleepperiods increased In 1974 after circumcision it was found prolongedwakefullness with crying during hours immediately after the procedure Fromthe results of these studies it can be concluded that circumcision does haveeffects on infant behavior However the clarification must be awaited Anotherside to this issue is the thought that the difference in men and womens brainscauses the actual differences between men and women During an annualmeeting in Toronto in 1999 it was stated that men have more neurons in thecerebral cortex the outer layer of the brain
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