Julie Bakker, a Belgian neurologist at the University of Liege, found that brain activity in transgender people resembles the brain activity of their gender identity, rather than their biological sex, LGBTQ Nation reported.
Bakker took the MRI brain scans of 160 transgender people diagnosed with gender dysphoria as children and teenagers and compared them to people not diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The researchers discovered that transgender boys’ brains resembled the brain activity of cisgender boys’, and transgender girls’ brains resembled cisgender girls’.
Bakker announced that “we now have evidence that sexual differentiation of the brain differs in young people with GD, as they show functional brain characteristics that are typical of their desired gender.” The researchers will “be better equipped to support these young people”.
The results of the study further confirm previous neurological studies “that showed that transgender adults have similar brain structures to cisgender people of their gender.”