human sexual behaviour

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human sexual behaviour

any activity-solitary, between two persons, or in a group-that induces sexual arousal. There are two major determinants of human sexual behaviour: the inherited sexual response patterns that have evolved as a means of ensuring reproduction and that are a part of each individual's genetic inheritance, and the degree of restraint or other types of influence exerted on the individual by society in the expression of his sexuality. The objective here is to describe and explain both sets of factors and their interaction.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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