This book, based on a Work Session of MIT's Neurosciences Research Program, presents a balanced account of a controversial topic—the relative importance of genes, hormones, and environment in the formation of sexual behavior. Research on rodents, birds, and primates, including humans, is reviewed, and the authors conclude that "the biological substrate seems important in humans as in other mammals." The information in this volume will help lay the foundation for an improved understanding of the physical bases of human sexual psychopathology.
A full understanding of the biology and behavior of humans cannot be complete without the collective contributions of the social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. This book collects eighty-two of the foundational articles in the emerging discipline of social neuroscience.