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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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(p.84) Chapter 3 Sex
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Despite the fact that sex takes up a huge part of our cognitive and emotional mental space, scientific research on sex has been limited. Breakthrough reports, such as those by Kinsey or Master’s and Johnson, remain unusual. Despite wariness in this research, knowledge about the neurobiology of sex is growing. Some themes that emerge from this research, such as desire and the role of dopamine, will be familiar from the previous chapter’s rumination on food.

Keywords:   Sex, desire, research, dopamine, neurobiology

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