Motivation and Emotion (2)
Human Sexual Response
Problems in doing sex research: There are laws against sex research, and it is a little uncomfortable in
some situations for some people
History of Sex Research
- Pioneering Stage
- Kinsey Reportss (1948, 1953)
- Masters and Johnson
In pioneering stages it was not a morally “right” thing to masturbate. However Kinsey reported that 9/10
men do masturbate and therefor normalizes the act.
Myths and fallacies
The myth of the males’ Sexual Wisdom : men are supposed to know how to arouse their partner
without being warned or informed because it affects their masculinity. “We don’t really talk about sex”
The search for Aphrodisiacs: A substance taken in to be sexually aroused. To this date, there are no
aphrodisiacs known to stimulate sexual arousal.
Penis size: There is less and less sensitivity as you go up a vaginal barrier therefore penis size
does not play a huge role in sexual arousal for women.
Myths and Fallacies
Sex as a Barometer of a good relationship: You could have terrible sex but a great relationship.
Sex is NOT a measurement of a good relationship Hunger and Eating
- Cannon: stomach contractions cause hunger
- This idea is now discredited
Learn the function of hypothalamus, PVN, and others for food regulation
Insulin: Breaks down sugar, needed for diabetics because they don’t produce natural insulin.
Leptin: measures how much fat is stored in your system
Food Availability and related cues
(incentives or anticipated pleasure?)
Television commercials? Courts are being asked