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Study Up For 'Think:' Is The Brain A Puppeteer Of Personality?

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In this researcher's view, nature trumps nurture altogether.

To Dutch neuroscientist and professor D.F. Swaab, the way brains are built decides personality, forms socially accepted gender preferences and chooses a fetus' sexual orientation – not social values or upbringing. He joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m. to talk about the controversial stances he takes in We Are Our Brains. 

For example, Swaab believes transsexual identity is caused by a brain mechanism similar to the one present in Body Integrity Identity Disorder, where the patient believes one of their limbs doesn't belong on their body. There's more on that, and other points, in this Boston Globe review

Listen to Think Monday through Thursday at noon and 9 p.m. on KERA 90.1 or stream online

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.