The Psychophysiology of Sex

The Psychophysiology of Sex

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Publication date: 09/27/2007
Format: Hardback 44 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-34898-2
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Although sexual psychophysiology has made great strides over the past few decades, the progress made has not been accompanied by much effort to integrate research findings or to stimulate methodological and theoretical discussions among researchers. Yet this new research area has the potential to make substantial contributions to understanding a wide range of phenomena, including the spread of HIV/STIs, sexual "addiction" or compulsivity, the use (or nonuse) of birth-control methods, sexual infidelity, and aggressive sexual behaviors. Psychophysiological methods can assist in the exploration of the underlying psychological, physiological, and affective processes, and, perhaps more importantly, how they interact. In this volume, editor Erick Janssen brings together wide-ranging essays written by an authoritative group of researchers, representing the cutting edge of sexual psychophysiology.

Author Bio

Erick Janssen is Associate Scientist and Director of Education and Research Training at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Program in Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Table of Contents

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ERICK JANSSEN
Introduction

PART 1: Physiology & Neurobiology of Sexual Response

SERGE STOLÉRU and HAROLD MOURAS
Brain Functional Imaging Studies of Sexual Desire and Arousal in Human Males

ROY J. LEVIN
The Human Sexual Response - Similarities and Differences in the Anatomy and Function of the Male and Female Genitalia: Are they a trivial pursuit or a treasure trove?

JOHN BANCROFT
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION

CINDY MESTON and ANDREA BRADFORD
Autonomic Nervous System Influences: The Role of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Female Sexual Arousal

TILLMANN H. C. KRÜGER, MANFRED SCHEDLOWSKI and MICHAEL S. EXTON
Neuroendocrine Processes during Sexual Arousal and Orgasm

JULIA R. HEIMAN and Kenneth R. Maravilla
Female Sexual Arousal Response using Serial MR Imaging with Initial Comparisons to Vaginal photoplethysmography: Overview and Evaluation

ROY J. LEVIN
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION


PART 2: Theoretical Perspectives & Models

MARKUS WIEGEL, LISA A. SCEPKOWSKI and DAVID H. BARLOW
Cognitive-Affective Processes in Sexual Arousal and Sexual Dysfunction

MARK SPIERING and WALTER EVERAERD
The Sexual Unconscious

JAMES H. GEER
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION

ERICK JANSSEN and JOHN BANCROFT
The Dual-Control Model: The Role of Sexual Inhibition and Excitation in Sexual Arousal and Behavior

SERGE STOLÉRU
Discussant

DAVID L. ROWLAND, WENDY TAI and KLYNT BRUMMETT
Interactive Processes in Ejaculatory Disorders: Psychophysiological considerations

Donald S. STRASSBERG
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION


PART 3: Learning Processes, Subjective Experience and Genital Response

HEATHER HOFFMANN
The Role of Classical Conditioning in Sexual Arousal

JAMES PFAUS
Discussant

ELLEN LAAN and ERICK JANSSEN
The Determinants of Subjective Experience of Sexual Arousal