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Sexual Orientation: Toward Biological Understanding

Sexual Orientation: Toward Biological Understanding

by Lee Ellis


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Genetic, hormonal, neurological, and other biological factors need to be taken into account to fully understand sexual orientation. This work represents the latest research and theory on causes of variation in sexual orientation. It looks at sexual orientation as a cross-species phenomenon with numerous determining factors.

This work is a collection of chapters by some of the leading researchers in the scientific study of sexual orientation. The theory that many genetic, hormonal, neurological, and other biological factors need to be taken into account to fully understand sexual orientation is espoused in this book. It presents much of the latest research on the causes of variation in sexual orientation and related phenomena. It views sexual orientation as a cross-species phenomenon with both biological and environmental determinants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275956516
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/1997
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

LEE ELLIS is Professor, Department of Sociology at Minot State University. He has conducted research on biological influences on sexual orientation since the mid-1980s. His major interests are in the areas of the effects of genes, sex hormones, and brain functioning on all aspects of behavior, particularly behavior having to do with aggression, criminality, social stratification, and sexual orientation. Ellis is editor of several books, including Male/Female Differences in Behavior (Praeger,forthcoming), Social Stratification and Socioeconomic Inequality, Volume I (Praeger, 1993) and Volume II (Praeger, 1994), and (with Harry Hoffman) Crime in Biological, Social, and Moral Contexts (Praeger, 1990).

LINDA EBERTZ helped organize the 1995 International Behavioral Development Symposium (along with Lee Ellis). She is a graduate of Minot State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brian A. Gladue


Genetic and Perinatal Influences on Sexual Orientation

Neuroendocrine Foundations of Diverse Sexual Phenotypes in Fish by Matthew S. Grober

Experimental Alterations of Prenatal Determinants of Sexual Orientation and Sex-Typical Behavior in Non-Human Mammals by Craig H. Kinsley, Kelly Gurley Lambert, and Hendree Jones

The Role of Prenatal Estrogens in Sexual Orientation by Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg

Sexual Behavior and Sexual Orientation in Females with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia by Ralf W. Dittmann

Perinatal Influences on Behavior and Health, with Special Emphasis on Sexual Orientation and Other Sex-Linked Behavior by Lee Ellis

Neurological and Physiological Aspects of Sexual Orientation

Sexual Differentiation of the Brain and Partner Preference in the Male Rat: Behavioral, Neuroanotomical and Neuroimmunocytochemical Studies by Julie Bakker and A. Koos Slob

Sexual Orientation in the Domestic Ram: Some Biological and Social Correlates by Anne Perkins and James A. Fitzgerald

Sexual Differentiation of the Human Hypothalamus: Differences According to Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Transsexuality by D. F. Swaab, J. N. Zhou, M. Fodor, and M. A. Hofman

Sexual Orientation and Handedness: A Reanalysis of Recent Data and Research Considerations for Future Inquiry by David W. Holtzen

Transsexuality and Adextrality: Do They Share a Common Origin? by Anna Herman-Jegliska, Stanislaw Dulko, and Anna Grabowska

Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Cognition by Diane F. Halpren and Marciana Crothers


Name Index

Subject Index

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