The Psychophysiology of Sex

The Psychophysiology of Sex

Edited by Erick Janssen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Format: cloth 552 pages, 44 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
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.

Reviews

". . .This cutting-edge material makes significant advances over the work of the giants in the field—Alfred Kinsey, Helen Singer Kaplan, and Masters and Johnson. Besides bringing researchers up to date on others' work and generating ideas for further research, Janssen's goal with this book is to cast light on standardizing measurement and analytic procedures in this new field of research. . . . Recommended." —Choice

". . . includes the papers presented at the [sexual psychophysiology] conference, but also contains essays written by discussants that review and criticize the papers presented in each section. In addition, the book provides a verbatim recount of the open discussions of the researchers after each paper was verbally presented. Thanks to this format, readers feel like they are sitting next to Bancroft, Heiman, Geer, Everaerd and the others, and are therefore able to enjoy the stimulating exchanges and discussions that made the meeting particularly successful." —Alessandra H. Rellini - Carolyn M. Dundon, University of Vermont, SEX ROLES: JOURNAL OF RESEARCH , May 23, 2009 (online)

"[A]n extremely important document that could become the foundation of education for new sex researchers... [A] must have for all sex psychophysiologists." —
SEX ROLES: JOURNAL OF RESEARCH , 2009, Volume 61

"[A] noteworthy collection: It offers a broad perspective, emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of research on the psychophysiology of sex, and assembles many of the 'best and brightest' scholars in the field, presenting and analyzing their own work. The book constitutes valuable reading for researchers and others seeking a broad understanding of the nature of human sexual expression." —
JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH

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Table of Contents

Contents

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

DONALD S. STRASSBERG
The Voluntary Control of Genital Response, Arousal, & Orgasm

WALTER EVERAERD
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION


PART 4: Sexual Motivation & Arousal

STEPHANIE BOTH, WALTER EVERAERD and ELLEN LAAN
Desire Emerges from Excitement: A Psychophysiological Perspective on Sexual Motivation

JAMES PFAUS
Animals and Human Models of Sexual Motivation & Arousal

ERICK JANSSEN
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION


PART 5: Sexual Function & Dysfunction

RAYMOND ROSEN, MARKUS WIEGEL and NOEL GENDRANO III
Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Psychophysiology & Psychopharmacology: Laboratory studies in sexual psychopharmacology in men and women

MARCA L. SIPSKI
Disabilities, Psychophysiology and Sexual Functioning

JULIA R. HEIMAN
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION


PART 6: Gender, Sexual Orientation, & Paraphilic Sexual Interests

JAMES H. GEER and JASON L. HICKS
Cognitive Processes and Gender Differences in Sexuality

RAYMOND ROSEN
Discussant

MEREDITH L. CHIVERS and J. MICHAEL BAILEY
Psychophysiological Assessment of Sexual Orientation

MICHAEL SETO
Psychophysiological Assessment of Paraphilic Sexual Interests

DAVID L. ROWLAND
Discussant

GENERAL DISCUSSION

FINAL DISCUSSION and CONCLUSIONS

Appendix

Conference Participants

Index