PSYC 2410 Lecture Notes - Histocompatibility, Facial Symmetry, Amygdala

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University of Guelph
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Psychology
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PSYC 2410
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 11/14/2011 7:24:00 AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Chapter 11
Sexual Motivation:
You probably assume that you learn to be what you are by culture. You think that you’re
sexually a blank slate and your parents and friends and society have written your path. However,
Hanky Baby doesn’t think this is true because of course these messages are out there but they are
just tweaking important genetic makeup that was already there. Gender talks about social science
but it also has a biology aspect to it. When you think about the difference between men and
women you think about sex differences rather gender differences. It is said that gender
differences are “socially constructed”. If you have a penis, that comes with a lot of information
that is stored in your brain which tells you how to go about your business about being a male
how to get things done in a certain way because of your sex it was hardwired in you. The same
goes for females having vaginas. We all are hardwired differently if we are males or females, it
is not just that we are born with these parts and then society determines what gender we are. You
carry a lot of circuitry in you this is what sex differences are all about. Obviously culture has to
do something to do with it but human nature is not infinitely malleable or plastic. You were not
born like a manikin, you were born with the whole package hardwiring and body parts of either
a male or a female.
Sex differences vs. cultural differences?
There are parts of the world where given how you are dress today, if you chose to walk over
somewhere for lunch, you would be stoned to death. You would not be able to go out in the way
you typically dress. This is because you would be thought as violating so many taboos that they
would kill you. It would not be a big deal here, but in other places they are. These differences are
not the same as the hardwire differences in one’s head.
Sociobiology and evolutionary psychology (the Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins)
Your modern scull houses a stone age brain. The modern world is very different from the world
in which the brain evolved. Human beings are basically the same the world over we are a
species. We are part of the biological universe regardless if we were a burka or a microscope.
What am I? Canadian or female?
If someone is doing an interview and they ask “Who are you?”, this is a trick question. What do
you say? What is the most revelatory thing to answer? What do you think the most important
piece of information is? To communicate yourself, some might say “I am a Canadian”, “I am
from this religion…”, however, this doesn’t provide the most information. It does give you some
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You probably assume that you learn to be what you are by culture. You think that you"re sexually a blank slate and your parents and friends and society have written your path. Hanky baby doesn"t think this is true because of course these messages are out there but they are just tweaking important genetic makeup that was already there. Gender talks about social science but it also has a biology aspect to it. When you think about the difference between men and women you think about sex differences rather gender differences. It is said that gender differences are socially constructed . We all are hardwired differently if we are males or females, it is not just that we are born with these parts and then society determines what gender we are. You carry a lot of circuitry in you this is what sex differences are all about.