That is, if behavior begins in the brain, how do men's and women's brains differ biologically? How do those biological differences affect their behaviors?
Am I, a woman, sentenced to be nurturing and passive? Must my husband be socially dim and clunk his enemies on the head? The answers, the focus of ''Sex on the Brain,'' are sometimes solid, occasionally unconvincing, always incomplete.
Such fraught subjects seem to be Deborah Blum's specialty: her last book, ''The Monkey Wars,'' was about animal rights and animal testing.
She handles her topics with scrupulous evenhandedness, and she's a good reporter. Ladies looking sex Willis regard to this book's subject, the most solid research is on the physiological differences between men's and women's brains.
Men's brains are larger and, with age, shrink faster. Women's brains run hotter -- that is, they employ more glucose; and for a given task, women use more of their brains. When one part of the hypothalamus is removed in male animals, they lose interest in copulation.
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The result is outstanding. Scientists considered it unworthy of real study.
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In Australia, it was determined that in street-based female sex workers, cocaine dependence was associated with engaging in sex and injecting risk behaviors Roxburgh et al. Artistic creativity forms the basis of music culture and the music industry. Composing, improvising, Gorokan the older married women party now arranging music are complex creative functions of the human brain, with still unknown biological value.
Ukkola and colleagues hypothesized that practicing music is social communication that needs musical aptitude and creativity. All of these genes are associated with social bonding and cognitive functions. Most importantly, using functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRIMenon and Levitin reported that listening to music strongly modulates activity in a network of mesolimbic structures involved in reward processing.
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Listening to pleasant music induced a strong response and ificant activation of the VTA-mediated interaction of the NAc with the hypothalamus, insula, and orbitofrontal cortex Blum et al. Malfunctioning of the brain's reward center is increasingly understood to underlie all addictive behaviors.
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Opiates either endogenous or exogenous exemplify such modulators. It is very interesting that in Woman wants casual sex Cobbtown of common therapeutic approaches, the narcotic antagonist naltrexone has been used to block opiate receptors thereby reducing DA release.
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To examine the time course of DA release, they used fMRI with the same stimuli and listeners, and found a functional dissociation: the caudate was more involved during the anticipation and the NAc was more involved during the experience of peak emotional responses to music.
These indicated that intense pleasure in response to music could lead to DA release in the striatal. Notably, the anticipation of an abstract reward can result in DA release in an anatomical pathway distinct from that associated with the peak pleasure.
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This result helps to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies, and is associated with sexual activity. It may take the fun out of it but that is a fact. Theories about love's purpose range from the biologically practical to the biologically complex. Anthropologists proclaim that love has sustained our species throughyears as seen in the tracing of reproduction of our genes Olson However, attachment therapists suggest that it is a byproduct of our relations with our childhood caregivers.
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Now neuroscientists are exploring through the use of imaging tools what happens in the brain as a romantic relationship progresses. Mammals and birds regularly express mate preferences and make mate choices. Data on mate choice among mammals suggest that this behavioral attraction system is associated with dopaminergic reward pathways in the brain. It has been proposed that intense romantic love, a human cross-cultural universal, is a developed Ladies seeking sex Klawock Alaska of this attraction.
To examine neural mechanisms associated with romantic attraction in humans, Fisher and colleagues used fMRI to study 17 people who were intensely in love. Activation specific to the beloved occurred in the brainstem right VTA and right posterodorsal body of the caudate nucleus. It is a lovely item in my personal library.
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It gave a lot of strong evidence that the differences between men and women Hookers in Moriarty il not strictly biological or cultural nature or nurture but a mixing of the two, where biology effects culture, but also culture can change biology, interestingly. Warning though, there is a lot of information that is thrown at you, and sometimes it's a bit much to wrap your mind around, but totally worth it in the end.
A great addition to bi I really liked. A great addition to biological anthropology If you have biases entering this book about gender I don't reccomend it as this book is likely to break them which for a simple minded person might upset .