BRAIN, PSYCHOLOGY, AND MATE VALUE: MATING PREFERENCES IN A 53-YEAR OLD MALE FOLLOWING A SURGICALLY PLACED LEFT AMYGDALA LESION
AuthorKline, Ian Matthew
AdvisorJacobs, William Jake
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractFor this study we investigated the relations among brain structure, psychological states, and perceived mate value of self and others. We hypothesized perceived mate value of self and mate value of others is a function of lesion to specific of regions (i.e. the amygdala). We administered self-report questionnaires to a single participant to capture this construct. Our results indicated a lack of interest and desire for indicators of reproductive success. Indicators for companionship and friendship remained intact. Presently, there is evidence supporting the claim that the amygdala plays a role in mediating sexual desire but firm causal claims cannot be made without experimental design.
Degree ProgramHonors College