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Chapter 6 Sexual Arousal and Response
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The Brain and Sexual Arousal Cerebral cortex (mental events) Reasoning, language, and imagination Limbic system and sexual behavior Hypothalamus Neurotransmitters Dopamine facilitates sexual arousal Serotonin inhibits sexual arousal
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The Limbic System and Sexual Behavior
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The Senses and Sexual Arousal All sensory systems can contribute to arousal Touch is the dominant “sexual sense” Primary erogenous zones Secondary erogenous zones Vision usually next in dominance Visual stimuli Men self-report higher arousal than women Women and men have similar physiological responses
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Other Senses and Sexual Arousal Smell may arouse or offend Pheromones Taste plays a minor role Hearing plays a variable role
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Aphrodisiacs Substances believed to arouse sexual desire or increase capacity for sexual activity Food Drugs and alcohol Yohimbine No clear evidence of genuine aphrodisiac qualities Role of expectations
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