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Posted on: February 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Science Cafe - Sex in the Modern Era

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The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Sex in the Modern Era – The Psychological Science of Human Sexuality” with guest speakers Sarah Wheat and Angela-Faith Thomas. Join us via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. This presentation is recommended for ages 18 and up. Please contact Stephanie at to request a link to the program or go to with webinar ID: 89605494014. 

Would you “ghost” someone? How do our attachment styles affect our online social media behaviors? Do our motivations to have sex differ by gender identity, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation? The study of human sexuality is a growing subdiscipline in the psychological sciences that encompasses a wide range of human behaviors and cognitions. As a basic human drive, understanding the motivations of and ways that people learn about sexual behaviors, as well as how to engage in safer sex practices, are all important components of helping people lead fulfilling and happier lives. What we know about sex and how people communicate and engage in sex is changing. This presentation will offer a variety of current research being conducted in the human sexuality subfield, focusing on how we learn about sex and what motivates us to have sex through quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Sarah Wheat and Angela-Faith Thomas are both graduate students in the psychology department at New Mexico State University. Sarah is a second year Ph.D. student who studies sex education, sexual behaviors, and LGBTQ+ issues. Her goal is to work with undergraduate students as an instructor and in a mixed methods research lab at a small liberal arts university. Angela is a second-year master’s student who studies sexual motivations, attachment theory, and relationships. Her goal is to eventually get her Ph.D. at NMSU and become a college professor.

The Museum of Nature & Science is currently closed due to the public health order. The Museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36. For additional information, and updates on reopening, visit the website at: or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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