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Understanding Human Sexuality Chapter 3

by: Anne Farley

Understanding Human Sexuality Chapter 3 psych 300

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Detailed notes for chapter 3 in Understanding Human Sexuality book, used for Psychology 300
Human Sexual Behavior
Elaine Belton
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Date Created: 02/19/16
Chapter 3  Measuring Sex o Self reports- participants are asked questions about sexual behavior and attitudes through:  Paper questionnaires – because its anonymous people will be more honest (less inclined to answer in a way that would make them look good)  Interviews – depends on skill of interviewer, may distort information to make themselves look better  Distorting up: (find in book need to know for test)  Distorting down: ^  Online o Behavioral Measures:  Direct observations: scientists directly observe behavior (Masters and Johnson)  Eye tracking: participants wear an eye tracking device that measures their point of gaze as they are shown pictures on a computer (sees where the eyes look and for how long on certain images- can determine sexual preference)  Police reports: for studying illegal sexual behaviors o Biological Measures  Genital measures (of sexual response): measures erection in males and vaginal changes in females  Magnetic Response Imaging (MRI): looks at anatomy by using magnets to send and receive signals that give information while participants….  Functional MRI (find in book)  Issues in Sex Research o Sampling- identifying the appropriate population of people to be studied  Random sampling- each member of the population has an equal chance of being included in the sample  Probability sampling- o Problem of refusal (or nonresponse) – people refuse to participate o Volunteer bias may occur when the research studies people who agree to be in the research o Purposeful distortion- intentionally fiving reports that are a distortion of reality o Memory- difficult to remember facts accurately o Difficulties with estimates- its difficult to estimate time, especially when engaged in an absorbing activity o Test- retest reliability- a series of questions is repeated to measure reliability of response o Obtaining independent reports from two different people who share sexual activity is anther method of accessing reliability (asking both partners individually) o Direct observations are accurate; no purposeful distortion or inaccurate memory can occur  Problems- expensive, times consuming and sexual behavior in lab might be different than in a natural setting o Extraneous Factors:  Gender, race, or age of the interviewer may influence the outcome of sex research (more comfortable with people similar to themselves)  Wording of questionnaire influences sex research  Ethical issues o Informed consent- participants have a right to be told beforehand what the purpose of the research is and what they will be asked to do o May not be forced t participate or continue o People may not be coerced to be in a study (can pay people, cant say “you will fail the class is you don’t participate”) o Protection from harm  Investigators should minimize the amount of physical and psychological stress to people in their research  Anonymity of response is important to ensure that participants will not suffer afterward for their participation o Justice  Risks of participation and benefits of results should be distributed fairly across groups in society – if you are going to apply results to all types of people, all types of people should participate  Researchers have the obligation to conduct their work in a way that benefits as wide a range of persons as possible o A Cost- Benefit Approach  Will the benefits that result from the research be greater than the cost?  Will the participants benefit in some way from participating?  The Major Sex Surveys o The Kinsey Report ( 940s)  Results in publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female o The National Health and Social Life Survey  Included all but 3% of population  (Look up in book) o Survey of African American and Hispanic Youth (1997) o Magazine surveys are biased because no one magazine reaches a random sample and the response is unknown  Studies of Special Populations o (Need to know results of survey of gay men in aids period and controversies/ problems)  Web- based surveys o Can recruit much larger samples o Can locate individuals such as gays, lesbians, those involved in bondage, those who would not normally come in and admit that in regular surveys  Media Content Analysis o Refers to a set of procedures used to make valid inferences about text  Laboratory Studies Using Direct Observations  Qualitative Methods


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