Truth just as its best to wait to drop the l bomb

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- Truth: Just as its best to wait to drop the L-bomb until your man does, let a guy change his Facebook status to “in a relationship” before you do - Truth: No woman in a healthy long-term relationship has ever said, “Gee, I really wish I’d slept with my man sooner.” Challenges - There are several challenges when studying human sexuality. For Example: o Finding a population of participants who are willing to honestly disclose their sexual attitudes and behaviours o Finding a representative sample (often use random samples) o Finding an appropriate research method Qualitative vs Quantitative Research Qualitative Quantitative - Research methods that use flexible, open-ended questions to explore sexual issues - Sometimes referred to as descriptive methods - Research methods that explore sexual issues using methods that measure and organize phenomena - Key Concepts - Random Sampling - Response Bias o Social Desirability: saying you have lower amounts of sex partners. Correlation Designs - Examine the strengths of the relationship between one or more variables - Weaknesses are that findings may be hard to interpret due to confounded variables and causation cannot be inferred. - Correlation is not Causation! Being laid in a shirt does not mean that you will get laid in that shirt again Ethics - Safety- Do no harm. Apply to university ethic board to see whether the study is ethical. - Do benefits outweigh risks - Informed consent - Privacy and confidentiality - Fairness and equality History of Ethics
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- Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: injected black men with syphilis and when there was a cure they were not treated (unethical) - Stanford Prison Experiment Measures of Genital response - Measure an individual’s physiological response to sexual arousal - Measure such things are genital and neurological responses. - Closely linked to the sexual response cycle developed by masters and Johnson - Part of the response cycle, vasocongestion or genital blood flow, can be measured by taking the genital temperature, which indicates arousal. - Penis swelling can be measured by the penile strain gauge (Plethysmography) - Vaginal Photoplethysmogram- measure vaginal vasocongestion. The Harder they Deny - Those who are often homophobic are dealing with their own homosexual tendencies. Brain Imaging Methods - Most common is fMRI or functional magnetic resource imaging - Measures how brain activity relates to sexual function/dysfunction - Uses both block and event-related designs Sex Researchers - 19 th century Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902) o sex was primarily for procreation. He wrote Psychopathia Sexualis o Claimed that masturbation was the root of all sexual deviance o Portrayed sexual behaviour as pathological. - Henry Havelock Ellis: (1866) o Emphasized that neither masturbation nor same sex-marriage were pathological behaviours.
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