Biological Substrates of Human Sexuality

Pages: 207
Item #: 4318024
ISBN: 978-1-59147-250-6
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Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Biological Substrates of Human Sexuality explores some of the past decade's explosion of research on the neuroscience and endocrinology of sexuality and presents the latest findings in this field. From studies of twins that test a genetic basis for sexual orientation through close examinations of the intertwined roles of the endocrine system and hypothalamus in sexuality, this volume gives a vivid portrait of the state of the art in sexuality research. Among the findings discussed are:

  • women with complete spinal cord injury are nonetheless capable of sexual response, including orgasm;
  • compulsive sexual behavior may have its roots in dysregulation of the limbic system;
  • certain regions of the hypothalamus show marked anatomical differences between males and females across species, and lesions to these regions can eliminate sexual behavior;
  • neurotransmitters in the brain and its periphery are closely linked to sexual response: Viagra targets peripheral mechanisms, but newer drugs target central brain mechanisms as well.

Contributors to this volume, all experts in the field of the psychobiology of human sexuality, discuss these topics in depth, providing results from their own studies as well as those of other experts. These exciting discussions are based on cutting edge research founded in the contributors' comprehensive knowledge of their field. In addition to revelations of new findings, authors reflect on practical implications for treating sexual disorders and other sexuality issues, making this a volume for both researchers and practitioners in the field.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: The Role of Modern Neuroscience in Sexuality Research
    —Janet Shibley Hyde
  2. The Genetics of Sexual Orientation
    —Janet Shibley Hyde
  3. The Role of Hypothalamus and Endocrine System in Sexuality
    —Dick F. Swaab
  4. The Central Control and Pharmacological Modulation of Sexual Function
    —Kevin E. McKenna
  5. Brain Activity Imaging During Sexual Response in Women with Spinal Cord Injury
    —Barry R. Komisaruk and Beverly Whipple
  6. Neuroanatomical and Neurotransmitter Dysfunction and Compulsive Sexual Behavior
    —Eli Coleman
  7. Synthesis: Overarching Themes and Future Directions for Research
    —Janet Shibley Hyde and Beverly Whipple

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editor

Editor Bio
Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD, is the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She earned her BA in mathematics from Oberlin College and her PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. After an early research career as a behavior geneticist, she focused her scholarly energies on the areas of human sexuality and the psychology of women. The author of more than 100 articles and chapters, she has conducted meta-analyses of studies of psychological gender differences in areas such as self-esteem, mathematics performance, and sexuality. Another line of her research has been sexuality in marriage. She is the author of the undergraduate textbook, Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women, now in its sixth edition, and is coauthor, with John DeLamater, of Understanding Human Sexuality, now in it's ninth edition. She has received awards for her research, including the Heritage Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women (American Psychological Association Division 35) and the Kinsey Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
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