What controls male sexual behavior? How does it compare to female sexual behavior?
What controls male sexual behavior?
-Testosterone + stimuli.
*testosterone works on sensory, integrative (memory), motor, and reward systems (see # 3).
*Medial preoptic area controls both appetitive and copulatory behavior in males.
What controls female sexual behavior?
-Estradiol + progestin/progesterone+ stimuli.
-estradiol binds to ER alpha, which induces progestin receptors in the hypothalamus.
absence of any of the above factors (in males or females) will...
...result in a lack of sexual behavior