Brain Correlates of Human Sexual Behavior: New Insight on Models, Theories, and Experimental Research

A special issue of Sexes (ISSN 2411-5118). This special issue belongs to the section "Biological and Psychosocial Basis Underlying Sexual Response and Differences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 712

Special Issue Editors

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1. Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
2. CIBIT- Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research , 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: brain imaging methods; fMRI; EEG

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Instituto de Biofísica e Engenharia Biomédica, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande 016, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: EEG; fMRI; sexual objectification; dehumanization; empathy; social neuroscience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During recent years, several scientific attempts have been made to decompose the processes and identify the brain regions involved in normal and pathological sexual behavior. It is now twenty years since the pioneering studies published by Stoleru described the cerebral basis of human sexual arousal. Afterward, additional brain imaging studies have shown a wider set of brain regions involved in different aspects of sexual stimuli processing in healthy participants and described the alterations of functional connectivity in sexual dysfunctions. This progress has been made possible by the methodological advances in the field of brain imaging and psychophysiological techniques, including the extensive use of EEG recordings. Despite these advances, even nowadays, the brain correlates of sexual behavior and its perturbations are poorly understood, representing both methodological and theoretical challenges for modern neuroscience. This Special Issue is thus dedicated to the sexual brain, with a special emphasis on neuroimaging and psychophysiological studies that attempt to untangle the complex role played by the human brain in functional and dysfunctional/altered sexual behavior. Special attention will be given to new approaches in methods and advances in theoretical models.

Dr. Nicoletta Cera
Dr. Carlotta Cogoni
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  • brain
  • neuroimaging
  • brain imaging methods
  • human sexual arousal
  • fMRI
  • EEG
  • theoretical modeling
  • visual sexual stimulation
  • resting state
  • functional connectivity

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