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Chapter 8 Learning Objectives

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1. Discuss the features that appear to contribute to judgments about the attractiveness of faces, noting their physiological and evolutionary underpinnings.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two, pp. 220–232


2. Review the physical attributes that are known to contribute to judgments about the attractiveness of male and female bodies, noting their physiological and evolutionary underpinnings.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two, pp. 220–232


3. Discuss how culture influences perceived attractiveness, noting where different cultures are the same and dissimilar.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two, pp. 220–232


4. Outline the nonvisual cues used to evaluate attractiveness in men and women, including other sensory modalities, behaviors, personality factors, and the effect of familiarity.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two, pp. 220–232


5. Summarize how the fluctuations of the menstrual cycle influence perceived attractiveness.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two, pp. 220–232


6. Provide a summary of the similarities and differences in the content of sexual fantasies between gay and straight men and women.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Has Multiple Roots, pp. 232–239


7. Describe the role of testosterone in sexual arousal in men and women. Provide a summary of the evidence to support this role and discuss the apparent relationship between sex and aphrodisiacs.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Has Multiple Roots, pp. 232–239


8. Discuss the excitement phase of sexual arousal in men and women. Include in your answer the changes that occur in the external and internal genitalia.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle, pp. 239–248


9. Describe the plateau and orgasm phase of sexual arousal in men and women. Include a discussion of the changes that occur in the brain, body, and genitalia.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle, pp. 239–248


10. Review the female orgasmic experience, including a discussion of the types of orgasms and types of ejaculation reported to occur.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle, pp. 239–248


11. Differentiate between men and women in the resolution phase of the sexual response cycle.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle, pp. 239–248


12. Discuss the theories and explanations that have been provided to account for the sexual response cycle in women. Describe the ways in which they differ from the one proposed by Masters and Johnson.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Arousal Follows a Response Cycle, pp. 239–248


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