The structure and function of body systems – especially the nervous system – are influenced by the context of people’s lives. These influences include hormones, sex, genetics, and gender, as well as culture, social environment and personal life experiences. In turn, these factors can influence how our bodies function, feel and think.
The purpose of this study is to begin studying sex differences in the somatosensory cortex – the part of the brain that receives information about painful or pleasurable touch, pressure and temperature. We will investigate the factors that influence breast sensitivity, including age, mood and hormone levels.
The information gathered from this research may be beneficial to the scientific community and to future studies of sensation, the breast, hormones, mood, and women’s health.
We are currently recruiting study participants who meet these criteria.
- Women and men between the ages of 18 and 35
- Not taking prescribed medication or birth control
- No diagnosed physical or mental health history
- No nipple piercings
- No history of head trauma
For information about participating, please contact our Study Coordinator, Laurice Karkaby, at 416-978-6582