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Monday, 19 April 2010, 12:00AM
Museum of London

Born Gay? The origins of sexual orientation

Professor Glenn D Wilson

Are our sexual preferences acquired through social learning or are some people literally born gay? What are the genetic and prenatal hormone contributions of sexual orientation? How do 'gay genes' survive extermination by non-reproductiveness? What possible adaptive value might they have? Cultural and historical variations in acceptance/intolerance of minority sexual preferences.

This lecture is a part of the series, The Psychology of Mating and Dating.
Other lectures in this series include:
        In the brain of the beholder? The principles of beauty and sex appeal
        For better or worse? How we pick our partners

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Glenn D. Wilson is one of Britain's best-known psychologists. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and has published more than 150 scientific articles and 33 books. He is an expert on individual differences; social and political attitudes; sexual behaviour, deviation and dysfunction; and psychology applied to the performing arts.

Not one to shy away from contention, his most recent books include: Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation, The Secret of Lasting Love and Psychology for Performing Artists.

He has lectured widely abroad, having been a guest of the Italian Cultural Association, and a visiting professor at California State University, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.

Apart from being a professional psychologist, Dr Wilson trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and still undertakes professional engagements as an actor, singer and director.

Dr Wilson's series of lectures for 2010/11 will be The Psychology of Love and Sex. He has previously given lectures at Gresham College as the Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychology , where he has proven his skills as a popular and thought-provoking lecturer. His recent series of lectures include The Psychology of Mating and Dating and The Psychology of Performing Arts.

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19 April 2010

Born Gay? The origins of sexual orientation
Professor Glenn D Wilson

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