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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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Socioendocrinology and sexual behaviour

Socioendocrinology and sexual behaviour

(p.593) Chapter 14 Socioendocrinology and sexual behaviour
Primate Sexuality

Alan F. Dixson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship of socioendocrinology with primates' sexual behaviour. Individuals' social relationships affect their sexual behaviour, and neuroendocrine processes which are impinged during sexual activities, thus affecting the reproductive success. The chapter studies the social rank and neuroendocrine function in adult male primates, as well as the female social rank, ovarian cycle, and fertility. It then discusses the social environment and reproductive synchrony between the two sexes by addressing the question: Does ovarian synchrony or asynchrony occur in primates? By exploring the short-term effects of copulatory stimuli upon gonadal function, it concludes that pieces of evidence regarding short-term effects of sexual stimulation upon pituitary-testicular function in male primates are limited.

Keywords:   socioendocrinology, sexual behaviour, neuroendocrine processes, primates, ovarian synchrony, copulatory stimuli, pituitary-testicular function

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