Gonadal hormones and cognitive performance

Pauline Komnenich, David M. Lane, Richard P. Dickey, Sergio C. Stone

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The relation of gonadal hormones to cognitive performance was studied in females with ovulatory menstrual cycles, females on oral contraceptives, and males. For the females with the ovulatory menstrual cycles, the highest performance on simple repetitive tasks and the lowest performance on tasks requiring inhibition occurred in the ovulatory phase. Serum estradiol was found to be related to test performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-120
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiological Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Physiology


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