Reflexive Mechanisms in Copulatory Behavior

  • Benjamin L. Hart


Reflexive mechanisms involve some of the most basic considerations in the study of sexual behavior. In female mammals, exclusive of primates, the behavioral signs of receptivity often include spinal reflexes as do the important responses of erection and ejaculation in males of several mammalian species.* Studies of the temporal aspects of sexual activity, including sexual refractoriness, must take into account the role of basic reflexive mechanisms. Finally, the degree to which endogenous and exogenous gonadal steroids influence sexual reflexes of males and females is obviously important in understanding the total picture of hormonal control of sexual behavior.


Copulatory Behavior Penile Erection Genital Response Reflexive Mechanism Constrictor Muscle 
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  • Benjamin L. Hart
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  1. 1.School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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