Influence of ovarian hormones on value-based decision-making systems: contribution to sexual dimorphisms in mental disorders

Aiste Ambrase, Carolin A. Lewis, Claudia Barth, Birgit Derntl
2020 Frontiers in neuroendocrinology (Print)  
Women and men exhibit differences in behavior when making value-based decisions. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain these findings, stressing differences in functional lateralization of the brain, functional activation, neurotransmitter involvement and more recently, sex hormones. While a significant interaction of neurotransmitter systems and sex hormones has been shown for both sexes, decision-making in women might be particularly affected by variations of ovarian hormones. In
more » ... is review we have gathered information from animal and human studies on how ovarian hormones affect decision-making processes in females by interacting with neurotransmitter systems at functionally relevant brain locations and thus modify the computation of decision aspects. We also review previous findings on impaired decision-making in animals and clinical populations with substance use disorder and depression, emphasizing how little we know about the role of ovarian hormones in aberrant decision-making.
doi:10.1016/j.yfrne.2020.100873 pmid:32987043 fatcat:3kpg2xt6lbey5ee6frqzr5dfpe