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Primate SexualityComparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans$
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Alan F. Dixson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.001.0001

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The neuroendocrine regulation of sexual behaviour in the adult female

The neuroendocrine regulation of sexual behaviour in the adult female

(p.480) Chapter 12 The neuroendocrine regulation of sexual behaviour in the adult female
Primate Sexuality

Alan F. Dixson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the effect of hormones in the central nervous system or genitalia that influence the behaviour and sexual attractiveness of female primates. It explores the function of adrenal glands, as well as oestrogens, androgens, and progestagen in female sexuality. It explains the hypothalamic basis of sexual receptivity and proceptivity by giving a neural model of proceptivity in female primates. It also examines the neural substrates that govern sexual behaviour in females by comparing and contrasting the limited evidence on primates with more extensive information on the brain and sexual behaviour in rodents and other non-primate mammals.

Keywords:   hormones, sexual attractiveness, female primates, adrenal glands, progestagen, oestrogens, androgens

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