In spite of the difficulties studying human sexual behavior
, there have been objective measurements of sexual arousal and response in both men and women.
From our current research we can suggest elements for understanding the deep roots of sexual identities and their expression; but because it is based on recognized categories, we need to peer between the cracks to recognize and document the movements between these categories which express human sexual behavior
. There are still major challenges to be confronted.
Hormonal influences on human sexual behavior
. In J.
Experimental analyses of operant processes in human sexual behavior
are extremely sparse.
Apart from the problems of its representativeness, the Kinsey data are an extremely rich source of information about the variety of human sexual behavior
. People still have to keep going back to Kinsey for want of anything better."
Rehabilitation professionals need to "be familiar and comfortable with talking about the full range of human sexual behavior
" (Macks, 1988, p.
Much to his dismay, he "discovered that scientific understanding of human sexual behavior
was more poorly established than any other function of the human body." Faced with this lack of understanding, he began his now famous studies.
Upon completion of a semester long human sexual behavior
course, undergraduate students were hypothesized to 1) show changes in attitudes which reflect greater tolerance for differences in sexual beliefs and practices, and 2) report positive outcomes, resulting from completion of the course, related to their personal sexual knowledge, sexual self image, and close relationships.
This war on premarital sex is of a piece with the religious Right's war on gay and lesbian sex: an ongoing attempt to police human sexual behavior
while demonizing those who act outside their narrow definition of what is acceptable--indeed joyfully eroticized--sexual expression.
Although not as extreme as some would have liked, the standard envisioned by the CBAE guidance still conflicts with prevailing patterns of human sexual behavior
, not only for unmarried adults but for adolescents as well.
MATE DEBATES Evolutionary psychology's spotlight on genes leaves much of human sexual behavior
shrouded in darkness, according to some upstart theorists.
"From homophobic people saying there is no such thing as homosexuality in animals to Konrad Lorenz's famous research into territorial aggression, animal behavior has been used to show the limits of human sexual behavior
and liberation," Bronski says.
Wilson concluded that factors other than androgen--"social, psychological, biological--are of equal or greater importance in modulating human sexual behavior
. Indeed, the sex of rearing may be more important than the endocrine milieu ...
The genetics of human sexual behavior
is a minefield, as the ongoing debate over the existence of a gay gene aptly shows.
Human sexual behavior
evolved to promote bonding between males and females as well as to promote reproductive success.