The Sexual Brain / Edition 1

The Sexual Brain / Edition 1

by Simon LeVay
     
 

Written with the same clarity, directness, and humor that have made Simon LeVay one of the most popular lecturers at Harvard Medical School and at the University of California, San Diego, The Sexual Brain examines the biological roots of human sexual behavior. It puts forward the compelling case that the diversity of human sexual feelings and behavior can

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Written with the same clarity, directness, and humor that have made Simon LeVay one of the most popular lecturers at Harvard Medical School and at the University of California, San Diego, The Sexual Brain examines the biological roots of human sexual behavior. It puts forward the compelling case that the diversity of human sexual feelings and behavior can best be understood in terms of the development, structure, and function of the brain circuits that produce them. Discarding all preconceptions about the motivation and purpose of sexuality,LeVay discusses the scientific evidence bearing on such questions as why we are sexual animals, what the brain mechanisms are that produce sexual behavior, how these mechanisms differ between men and women and how these differences develop, and finally, what determines a person's sexual orientation: genes, prenatal events,family environment, or early sexual experiences?

The Sexual Brain is broad in scope, covering evolutionary theory, molecular genetics, endocrinology, brain structure and function, cognitive psychology, and development. It is unified by LeVay's thesis that human sexual behavior, in all its diversity, is rooted in biological mechanisms that can be explored by laboratory science. The book does not shy away from the complexities of the field, but it can be readily appreciated and enjoyed by anyone with an intelligent interest in sex.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262620932
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/25/1994
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
186
Sales rank:
1,418,566
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Thou, Nature, Art My Goddess: Genes, Environment, and Sex1
2Time's Millioned Accidents: The Evolution of Sex and Sexual Behavior5
3For a Woman Wert Thou First Created: The Biology of Sexual Development17
4What's in the Brain that Ink May Character?: Some Basic Principles of Brain Organization31
5The Womby Vaultage: A Visit to the Hypothalamus39
6The Beast with Two Backs: The Elements of Sexual Intercourse47
7A Joy Proposed: Courtship Behavior57
8The Child-Changed Mother: Maternal Behavior63
9The Generation of Still-Breeding Thoughts: Brain Circuits for Sexuality71
10My Brain I'll Prove the Female: Sex and Brain Development83
11In All Suits Like a Man: Sex Differences Beyond Sex97
12So Full of Shapes Is Fancy: Sexual Orientation and Its Development105
13Wrapped in a Woman's Hide: Gender Identity and Transsexuality131
Epilogue: Two Artificial Gods137
Afterword139
Sources and Further Reading143
Glossary153
Index167

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