Belgian neurologist, Julie Bakker has released results from a new study that found the brain structure and neurological patterns in transgender people resembles that of the gender they identify with.
The study involved MRI scans of 160 transgender children and teenagers diagnosed with gender dysphoria (GD).
Assessing how their brains changed in response to a pheromone that prompts gender-specific activity in the organ, Bakker concluded that trans boys’ brains resemble cis boys’ brains, while trans girls’ brains resemble cis girls’ brains.
Although more research is needed, we now have evidence that sexual differentiation of the brain differs in young people with GD, as they show functional brain characteristics that are typical of their desired gender,” explained Bakker.
“We will then be better equipped to support these young people, instead of just sending them to a psychiatrist and hoping that their distress will disappear spontaneously.”