The Psychophysiology of Sex

Author: Erick Janssen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253117046
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Although sexual psychophysiology has made great strides over the past few decades, the progress made has not been accompanied by much effort to integrate research findings or to stimulate methodological and theoretical discussions among researchers. Yet this new research area has the potential to make substantial contributions to understanding a wide range of phenomena, including the spread of HIV/STIs, sexual "addiction" or compulsivity, the use (or nonuse) of birth-control methods, sexual infidelity, and aggressive sexual behaviors. Psychophysiological methods can assist in the exploration of the underlying psychological, physiological, and affective processes, and, perhaps more importantly, how they interact. In this volume, editor Erick Janssen brings together wide-ranging essays written by an authoritative group of researchers, representing the cutting edge of sexual psychophysiology.

The Role of Theory in Sex Research

Author: Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253337061
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Attempting to bridge the epistemological gaps between "positivist" and "postmodern" approaches to theoretical models of sexual behavior, this book brings together essays and discussion by scholars representing a range of viewpoints and contrasting theoretical approaches. The essays examine four areas: sexuality through the life cycle, sexual orientation, individual differences in sexual risk taking, and adolescent sexual behavior.

Erotic Attunement

Author: Cristina L. H. Traina
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226811379
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Heightened awareness of the problem of sexual abuse has led to deep anxiety over adults touching children—in nearly any context. Though our society has moved toward increasingly strict enforcement of this taboo, studies have shown that young children need regular human contact, and the benefits of breastfeeding have been widely extolled. Exploring the complicated history of love, desire, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and inequality, Erotic Attunement probes the disquieting issue of how we can draw a clear line between natural affection toward children and perverse exploitation of them. Cristina L. H. Traina demonstrates that we cannot determine what is wrong about sexual abuse without first understanding what is good about appropriate sensual affection. Pondering topics such as the importance of touch in nurturing children, the psychology of abuse and victimhood, and recent ideologies of motherhood, she argues that we must expand our philosophical and theological language of physical love and make a distinction between sexual love and erotic love. Taking on theological and ethical arguments over the question of sexuality between unequals, she arrives at the provocative conclusion that it can be destructive to completely bar eroticism from these relationships.

The Kinsey Institute

Author: Judith A. Allen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253030234
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An in-depth history of Alfred Kinsey’s groundbreaking Institute for Sex Research and the cultural awakening it inspired in America—“it has no rival” (Angus McLaren). While teaching a course on Marriage and Family at Indiana University, biologist Alfred Kinsey noticed a surprising dearth of scientific literature on human sexuality. He immediately began conducting his own research into this important yet neglected field of inquiry, and in 1947, founded the Institute for Sex Research as a firewall against those who opposed his work on moral grounds. His frank and dispassionate research shocked America with the hidden truths of our own sex lives, and his two groundbreaking reports —Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)—both became New York Times bestsellers. In The Kinsey Institute: The First Seventy Years, Judith A. Allen and her coauthors provide an in-depth history of Kinsey’s groundbreaking work and explore how the Institute has continued to make an impact on our culture. Covering the early years of the Institute through the “Sexual Revolution,” into the AIDS pandemic of the Reagan era, and on into the “internet hook-up” culture of today, the book illuminates the Institute’s enduring importance to society.

Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI 2

Author: Richard W. Levak
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136811591
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Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2 provides the clinician with empirically-based, practical information about how to convey the abundance of information in the MMPI-2 profile in a way that is collaborative, empathic, hopeful, and facilitates a therapeutic alliance. The larger trim size also reflects the size of the MMPI-2 interpretive reports and makes it easy for clinicians to copy pages of the book to share with their clients.

Encyclopedia of Human Development

Author: Neil J. Salkind
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452265399
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The Encyclopedia of Human Development is the first comprehensive, authoritative, and informative reference work that presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from the fields of psychology, individual and family studies, and education in a way that is not too technical. With more than 600 entries, this three-volume Encyclopedia covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament, and more.

The Machines of Sex Research

Author: Donna J. Drucker
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400770642
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The Machines of Sex Research describes how researchers worldwide integrated technology into studies of human sexuality in the postwar era. The machines they invented made new ways of seeing bodies possible. Some researchers who studied men used machines like penile strain gauges to police “deviant” male sexuality; others used less painful devices like penis-cameras to study women’s sexual responses and map the physiology of their arousal and orgasm. While researchers used the findings from their technological innovations to propose their own views of how people should view their bodies and should manage their sexual lives, their readers interpreted their findings to enact their own visions of sexuality. Drucker shows how the use of machines in sex research provided some of the intellectual underpinnings of the sexual revolution and the women’s and gay rights movements, and in turn how the sex research community developed new machines for investigations that would enhance sexual happiness rather than constrict it. The Machines of Sex Research is a key read for those interested in the intersections between human sexuality, technology, and twentieth-century social movements. Describes the little-known history of the machines of human sex research in the postwar era Shows how researchers worldwide invented and used machines to study human sexuality and the body in new ways, and how they used and improved each other's designs Relates the relationship between the machines of sex research to Cold War sexualities and gender and sexual liberation movements. ​

Researching Sexual Behavior

Author: John Bancroft
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253333391
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In 1996, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction hosted an international meeting to address the issues of survey research into sexual behavior, driven predominantly by concern over HIV and AIDS and the need to establish the frequency of behaviors which might facilitate spread of the virus. The participants included representatives from most of the recent large scale surveys in the United States and Europe, and others with a wide range of research experience and methodological expertise. These are the papers from that conference.

Masculinity femininity

Author: June Machover Reinisch
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Of all the simple dichotomies we use to define ourselves and the world we inhabit, perhaps none is so basic and sometimes destructive in its effects as the distinction between males and females. But what exactly do we mean by "masculinity" and "femininity"? Even if researchers can agree on the meaning of these terms, how do they determine whether the behavior they observe arises from intrinsic differences between males and females or from the context in which it occurs? What is the balance between biologically and environmentally influenced sex differences? In this volume a group of internationally renowned authorities on sexual differentiation consider these and other key questions from seven distinct but interrelated perspectives: psychobiologic, neuroscientific, evolutionary, behavior genetic, developmental, psychosocial, and cultural. Specific topics range from sex differences in the rodent brain to the psychological constructions of masculinity and femininity. The contributors' findings indicate that the characteristics of each gender are determined by a much more intricate interaction between biology and the environment than has been accepted in the past, and they relate these findings within a framework of critical issues in methodology and definition. Psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and social scientists will welcome this fresh and authoritative contribution to the study of sexual differentiation.