This project is interested in how birth control pills affect the female brain. We seek to identify predictors of psychological side effects in order to provide women with the necessary information for informed contraceptive choices.
Current results show that cognition hardly changes along the menstrual cycle. However, many brain connections respond to sex hormone fluctuations along the menstrual cycle. Our current menstrual cycle studies focus on this remarkable adaptive capacity of the female brain along the menstrual cycle.
Sex differences in cognitive tasks can be attributed to different processing styles, which are related to the selection of visual information for further processing. In a series of experiments we investigate how sex hormones relate to visual processing using neuroimaging and eye-tracking.
Contrary to common beliefs, testosterone is not stable in males, but fluctuates in response to various stimuli. In our ongoing studies we investigate whether testosterone fluctuations in males relate to changes in the brain, cognition or mood.