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Unformatted text preview: Sexual Motivation and the Need to Belong Module 38 Sexual Motivation Sexual motivation is natures clever way of making people procreate thus enabling our species survival. Research on Sexuality Kinsey (et al, 1953; Kinsey, Pomeroy and Martin, 1948) asked volunteers about their sexual practices Masters and Johnson (1966) measured actual physiological sexual response patterns in a lab. However, the Kinsey and Masters and Johnson studies used volunteers and the data is outdated. More Research on Sexuality The University of Chicago conducted the National Health and Social Life Survey the first extensive study of sexual behavior in the United States (1994). Did not depend on self-selected volunteers. Carefully constructed the sample to reflect the sociocultural diversity of the U.S. Used face-to-face interviews and encouraged honesty. Researchers found that: People in U.S. have sex less often and with fewer partners than many had assumed. People in committed, one-partner relationships has the most frequent and the most satisfying sex. Overwhelming majority of heterosexual couples reported considerably little variation in sexual practices. The Physiology of Sex Masters and Johnson (1966) describe human sexual response to consist of four phases: Phase Physiological Response Excitement Genitals become engorged with blood. Vagina expands secretes lubricant. Penis enlarges. Plateau Excitement peaks such as breathing, pulse and blood pressure. Orgasm Contractions all over the body. Increase in breathing, pulse & blood pressure. Sexual release. Resolution Engorged genitals release blood. Male goes through refractory phase . Women resolve slower. Hormones and Sexual Behavior Sex hormones have 2 effects: They direct the development of male and female sex characteristics. They activate sexual behavior This is more obvious in non-human animals....
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