Beeld bij programma Are We Our Hormones?
 Beeld bij programma Are We Our Hormones?

Are We Our Hormones?

Thursday 10 October 2024, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Lecture and conversation | Radboud Reflects and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior

Venue: Lecture Hall Complex, Radboud University

Hormones have a tremendous effect on our lives. They can influence our behavior and our emotions and even the way our brains are structured. To what extent do hormones define us? And why are women often thought to be way more defined by their hormones than men? What actually are the differences between men and women when it comes to hormones? Come and listen to neuroscientist Anna Tyborowska and psychologist Lotte Gerritsen, and discover how our hormones shape who we are. 

Hormones and the brain

We have long known that our brains and hormones are interconnected. But how interconnected are they? It’s becoming more and more clear that hormones also influence the very structure of our brain as it matures. In that sense, who you are may be largely decided by your hormones. What even are hormones, and how do they work? Why do we still know so little about them and how they interact? And what happens when you introduce new hormones into your body, such as anticonception, hormone-therapy or steroids?  

Male and female hormones

Men are more aggressive because they have more testosterone than women. And women are less rational during their periods. Right? Hormone-myths like these are still widely believed, although they have long been criticized and debunked by scientists. But what do hormones like testosterone and estrogen really do? Why do we know so little about the effects of hormones on different sexes? How do our ideas about hormones shape the way we see equality between people of different sexes, and what will change as we learn more about our hormones?  And is there such a thing as “male” and “female” hormones?

Neuroscientist Anna Tyborowska and psychologist Lotte Gerritsen discuss the extent to which hormones affect and shape our lives, bodies and brains. Come listen and ask your questions. 

This progamme is in English. 

About the speakers

Anna Tyborowska is a neuroscientist at Radboud University and affiliated with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. She investigates processes such as emotion control, stress and threat reactivity, and the impact of hormones (e.g., testosterone) on neuro-maturation, emotion regulation, and mental well-being.

Lotte Gerritsen is a psychologist at Utrecht University. Her research is currently focused on combining sex hormones, stress hormones, neuroimaging (EEG, MRI) and behavioral data to understand individual differences in emotion regulation and stress sensitivity using a lifespan approach.


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