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Department
Collaborative
Course
COLLAB 2D03
Professor
Tulsie Raghubir
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 4 - SEXUAL AROUSAL AND RESPONSE MAKING SENSE OF SEX • All 5 senses!! – Vision – Smell • Pheromones • Menstrual synchrony • Body Odour - axillary – Skin Senses • Erogenous zones: primary vs. secondary – Taste – Hearing APHRODISIACS • Aphrodisiacs – Drugs or other agents that increase sexual pleasure or response • Examples (Food?) • Drugs – Yohimbine (stimulates blood flow to genitals) – Amyl nitrate (dilate blood vessels) – Wellbutrin (Zyban) (affect dopamine) – Viagra • Exercise • Novelty • Testosterone • Anaphrodisiacs – Drugs or other agents that are antagonistic to sexual arousal and desire • Examples -> depressants, antihypertensive drugs, etc • Anti-androgen -> reduces levels of androgens in blood system • Psychoactive drugs – Alcohol – Hallucinogenic • Marijuana, LSD – Stimulants • Amphetamines, cocaine SEXUAL RESPONSE & THE BRAIN • Genital stimulation triggers spinal reflexes (erection, lubrication) • Sexual stimulation (memories, fantasies, images, thoughts) • Cerebral cortex (transmit msgs and interprets sensory information) • Limbic system (stimulated?) • Gender differences (hypothala
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