M26Sex - MODULE 26: SEXUAL MOTIVATION DESCRIBING SEXUAL...

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MODULE 26: SEXUAL MOTIVATION DESCRIBING SEXUAL BEHAVIOR I. Kinsey’s studies (1940s-1950s) a. Sampled 18,000 white, educated, urban subjects b. Asked “When” they engaged in a particular sexual activity II. Weaknesses a. Non-random sample b. Used biased questions III. Still—his results may be less misleading than some modern “surveys”. THE PHYSIOLOGY OF SEX I. How sexual motivation differs from other motives a. Not necessary to individual’s survival b. Sexual motivation changes across lifespan c. Less linked to deprivation than, e.g., hunger d. Leads to decrease in energy rather than increase e. Can be satisfied in many different ways II. a. Excitement b. Plateau c. Orgasm d. Resolution III. Hormones and Sexual Behavior a. Hormones and sex organs (“nature”) important b. But Psychology (“nurture”) important also i.Hormones play a bigger role in other animal’s sex lives ii.E.g., “mating season” iii.But humans are “in season” all the time
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course PSYCH 100 taught by Professor Burnstein during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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M26Sex - MODULE 26: SEXUAL MOTIVATION DESCRIBING SEXUAL...

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