Feb14 - Sexual motivation is natures clever way of making...

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1 Sexual Motivation Sexual motivation is nature’s clever way of making people  procreate thus enabling our species’ survival.
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2 Sex and Human Values “Promiscuous recreational sex poses certain psychological,  social, health, and moral problems that must be faced  realistically (Baumrind, 1982).”
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3 The Psych’ology of Sex
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4 Sexual Activity
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5 Hormones and Sexual Behavior Sex hormones effect the  development of sexual  characteristics  and (especially in animals)  activate  sexual behavior. Male Testes Testosterone Small amounts of  estrogen) Female Ovaries Adrenals Estrogen Small amounts of  testosterone)
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6 Sex hormones regulate behavior In humans, while sex hormones have milder affects than in  animals, women are more likely to have sex close to  ovulation (increased testosterone), and men show increased  testosterone levels when socializing with women.
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7 Differences between men  and women Men Sexual peak late  teens to early  twenties Longer refractory  period Men fantasize more  frequently Women Sexual peak is in  thirties Shorter refractory  period Fantasize less  frequently
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8 Similarities Both respond to visual sexually explicit  material Both habituate Sexual response cycle is the same Experience of orgasm
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Adverse effects of  pornography May lead to dissatisfaction with reality. Increase in men’s willingness to hurt 
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2008 for the course PSYCH 111 taught by Professor Schreier during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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