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Cyclical Women: Menstrual Cycle Effects on Mood and Neuro-Cognitive Performance
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During roughly forty years of a woman’s life-span, the fertile female human body prepares itself monthly for the possibility of pregnancy. Science has shown that the fluctuation of the sex steroids progesterone and estrogen have a crucial role in the female body's physiology, determining the menstrual cycle and its general phases. This biological dance of hormones governing the cycle influences a lot of physical, mental and cognitive aspects of life for a fertile ovulating woman. Although the question of whether these changes also affect women's cognitive performance is still unclear, some evidence has been gathered that could bring us closer to answers. Recent research findings show that this hormonal interplay might have a significant role in cognitive and psychological development - modulating brain activity, cognitive performance, higher cognition, emotional status, sensory processing, appetite and more. This thesis aims to uncover to what extent the menstrual cycle affects brain functions, neurobiology, mood, well-being and cognitive performance in menstruating cisgender women.

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2019. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
menstrual cycle, estrogen, progesterone, cognition, mood, neuroscience
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Applied Psychology Gender Studies Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Neurosciences Physiology Developmental Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17447OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17447DiVA, id: diva2:1337525
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Psychological Coach
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Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-15 Last updated: 2019-07-25Bibliographically approved

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