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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 353
Professor
Rose Joudi Kadri
Semester
Winter

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PSYC 353 – January 22, 2014 Reproductive System - Men don’t experience much change, reproductively - Genital organ change begins in the 40s – perimenopause o Irregular periods, can continue for about a decade, until menopause - Menopause – ethnic differences in the severity of symptoms o Ovaries stop producing eggs, cannot produce children anymore o Women from cultures that highly regard having children will experience menopause differently (psychologically) o Mood changes, temperature changes, headaches - Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) o Makes body think it’s still producing all the necessary hormones, can mess with the natural progression of things (can cause cardiovascular problems – blood clots, strokes, heart attack, hypertension, etc.) - No physiological reason why most women cannot continue sexual activity into old age o Vaginal walls may thin and natural lubricants make sex uncomfortable - Men may experience a decline in functioning of reproductive organs and sperm reduction o Mid-20s, mean can start to notice a declined level of sperm production and testosterone levels  Sperm may not all be viable or able to produce a completely healthy child o Prostate cancer is a real threat – recommended that men get screenings in 30’s o Impotence – normally treatable with drugs  Viagra has side effect of potential cardiovascular problems The Nervous System Neuron Has Dendrites, Cell Body, Axon (myelin sheath), Terminal buttons The more you use your neurons, the stronger and more long-lasting they are. Use it or lose it. Structural Changes in Neurons - Neurofibrillary tangles (neurons get tangled, myelin sheath doesn’t operate as it should, gets caught up on other mye
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