Name: Leon Jang Date: October 19, 2007 Article: Lisa M. Diamond (2004). Emerging Perspectives on Distinctions Between Romantic Love and Sexual Desire Questions: 1. What is the contextual difference between sexual desire and romantic love as defined by the author? According to Diamond, the main difference between sexual desire and romantic love is that sexual love denotes the urge to engage in sexual activities. Whereas, romantic love is more of an emotional infatuation between two people. 2. How do neurobiological substrates differentiate between sexual desire and romantic love according to the research presented? The neurobiological substrate difference between sexual desire and romance love would be that sexual desire is mainly measured by hormones generated by the gentiles and romantic love can’t really be measured by hormones. Rather there is a correlation between the production of oxytocin, best known for its role in nursing and childbirth, and other neuropeptides with romantic love. 3. According to the author, evolutionary theory suggests that romantic love and
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