Human Sexuality (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780878935703

Simon LeVay; Janice I. Baldwin
634 Pages
220 x 280 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
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This book helps students understand the diversity of human sexual expression and the many perspectives from which sexuality can be studied. Known for its high-quality presentation of biological aspects, the book also devotes rich coverage to the insights gained from a range of fields, such as cognitive science and social psychology.


1 Sexuality: Pathways to Understanding
2 Sex and Evolution
3 Women's Bodies
4 Men's Bodies
5 Sex Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle
6 Sexual Development
7 Gender
8 Attraction, Arousal, and Response
9 Sexual Behavior
10 Sexual Relationships
11 Fertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
12 Contraception and Abortion
13 Sexuality across the Life Span
14 Sexual Orientation
15 Atypical Sexuality
16 Sexual Disorders
17 Sexually Transmitted Diseases
18 Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Partner Violence
19 Sex as a Commodity

About the author: 

Simon LeVay, Ph.D. is a British-born neuroscientist turned science writer and teacher. He was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Gottingen, Germany. In 1971, he moved to the United States. He has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and has taught at Harvard, the University of California, and Stanford University. LeVay has authored over 40 scientific studies; the best of known of these is a 1991 report in Science that described a difference in brain structure between heterosexual and homosexual men. This study helped spark a wealth of new research on the biology of sexual orientation. LeVay is the author or coauthor of ten books, some in the area of human sexuality and others on a broader range of scientific topics.; Janice Baldwin, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is coauthor, with her husband John Baldwin, of numerous studies and articles in the area of sexuality and sex education, as well as the textbook Behavior Principles in Everyday Life, now in its fourth edition. The Baldwins co-teach an undergraduate Human Sexuality course that is regularly voted Best Course at UCSB. They also teach an advanced seminar course on the same topic. The Baldwins have been named as Best Professors on several occasions.

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