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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 Sexual Arousal and Response 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 The Limbic System and Sexual Behavior 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 Other Senses and Sexual Arousal • Smell may arouse or offend – Pheromones • Taste plays a minor role • Hearing plays a variable role 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 Anaphrodisiacs...
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This note was uploaded on 06/24/2011 for the course COMP 100 taught by Professor Dfgdegg during the Spring '08 term at DeVry Chicago O'Hare.

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