Sexual Communication and Biology

Authored by: Amanda Denes , Margaret Bennett , Maria DelGreco

The Handbook of Communication Science and Biology

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815376712
eBook ISBN: 9781351235587
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This chapter reviews research on sexual communication and its associations with biological processes and outcomes. More specifically, investigations of the relevant hormones such as testosterone and oxytocin, and genes such as the oxytocin receptor gene, are examined in light of the emerging work on sexual communication. Research on the lasting effects of sexual communication on indicators of physiological stress, as well as investigations of the darker side of sexual communication, are discussed as important future directions in understanding the biological associations of communication inside and outside the bedroom.

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