Last updated on: 2/21/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul H. Van Wyk, PhD Biography

Title:
Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Differentiation of human sexual orientation, particularly bisexuality, has been little studied. Most studies have lumped bisexuals with homosexuals. Some authors have overgeneralized the results of animal studies as applying to humans. While animal models can provide useful hypotheses, human sexual orientation is unique. Therefore, conclusions about human sexuality based on animal research are suspect. Human sexual orientation is influenced by biological, cognitive, cultural and subcultural variables in interaction, leading to multiple types of heterosexuals, bisexuals, and homosexuals. Understanding of human sexual orientation will improve only if these factors are accounted for in research and theory.”

“Biology of Bisexuality: Critique and Observations,” Journal of Homosexuality, 1995

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Auburn University
Education:
  • PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Hormones Affect Sexual Orientation?