This week, you have learned that many behaviors, such as eating, drinking and reproductive behaviors are based in biology. These same behaviors are associated with issues that affect society, such as what to do about the obesity epidemic and how to define marriage. In some parts of the world, same-sex relationships are viewed as normal and accepted while in other parts of the world, they are outlawed. But this week’s Learning Resources have shown that reproductive behavior is just another example of the biology of the brain influencing behavior.
In this Assignment, you will synthesize the research that relates to the biological basis of sexual orientation (straight, lesbian, gay, and bisexual). You will describe the biological factors, including brain regions, neurotransmitters, and genes, as well as environmental factors experienced during development, that influence sexual orientation. With that in mind, you will then describe an educational presentation that could be addressed to a middle school biology class to educate the students about the biological basis of sexual orientation.
To prepare for this Assignment:
“Neural Correlates of Sexual Orientation in Heterosexual, Bisexual, and Homosexual Men”
“Perception of Sexual Orientation from Facial Structure: A Study with Artificial Face Models”
“Prenatal Exposure to Progesterone Affects Sexual Orientation in Humans”
You may choose your own article; however, it must be approved by your instructor by Thursday before the assignment is due.
The Assignment (2–4 pages):
Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You should include in-text citations in the body of your Assignment as well as complete references in APA format at the end of your Assignment.
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