How Do Hormones Affect Sexual Orientation?

DQ1: Hormones play a critical role in complex human behaviors. There is evidence that our sexual orientation is influenced by hormones. How do hormones released during pregnancy influence neurological functions and behaviors? What conclusions can you draw from this evidence?    I found the evidence for a hormonal basis for sexual orientation rather lacking. It... Continue Reading →

The Link Between Testosterone and Aggression

DQ1: Hormones play a critical role in complex human behaviors. Several theories have advanced ideas about the way our behavior is influenced by hormones, including our sexual orientation. Select one of these theories and explain it, focusing on the proposed influence of hormones on neurological functions. Do you think this theory is plausible?  As usual,... Continue Reading →

The Determination of Gender Identity

The great science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein (1961), once wrote, “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea” (p. 2). The sexual revolution of the past few generations, epitomized in this quote, has come to define the question of gender identity in my... Continue Reading →

How the Brain and Sex Hormones Work Together

Post your response to the following: Consider that you are having an informative discussion with your adolescent child about sex. Your goal is to explain to your child that sexual arousal is a normal sensation attributed to the brain, neuro-chemicals, and sex hormones all working together. Describe, in language that a teen would understand, how... Continue Reading →

How Hormones Affect Sexual Development and Behavior

Post your response to the following: Describe how hormones masculinize or feminize sexual development and behavior. I found it fascinating how we are all, by default, physiologically females at conception even if we have a Y chromosome (Pinel, 2007). I also found it odd how someone could be genetically male but physiologically female, or vice... Continue Reading →

Changes from Adolescence through Adulthood

For each of three developmental domains: physical, cognitive, and social/personality, identify two major changes or challenges associated with that developmental stage (adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood). Adolescent Development Physical Development: 1) Puberty is the appearance of secondary sex characteristics such as body hair, deepening of the voice in males, and rounding of... Continue Reading →

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