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  • Concordance Between Brain Activation, Genital Blood Flow, and Subjective Sexual Arousal in Response to Visual Sexual Stimuli. Details
  • Concordance between Subjective and Physiological Arousal to Visual Sexual Stimuli. Details
  • Self-Reported Multiple Orgasm Experiences in an Online Sample of Women. Details
  • Young Men's Cyber Behaviours and Internet Pornography Use: A Survey of a Randomly-sampled University Student Population. Details

Concordance Between Brain Activation, Genital Blood Flow, and Subjective Sexual Arousal in Response to Visual Sexual Stimuli.

This research investigates the role that the brain plays in the processing of sexual arousal in men and women, specifically looking at which regions become activated during the subjective rating of sexual arousal states. In order to do so, this study combines a non-invasive and gender-neutral tool known as infrared thermal imaging with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and continuous subjective rating of sexual arousal during the viewing of both erotic and non-erotic visual stimuli. The goal is to elucidate whether there is a gender difference in the neural mechanisms behind subjective sexual arousal as it pertains to the measurement of sexual concordance.

 

Concordance between Subjective and Physiological Arousal to Visual Sexual Stimuli.

This study is designed to examine genital and subjective responses to certain stimuli and will provide the researchers with a more complete view of sexual arousal. Subjective sexual arousal is a key component in the measurement of sexual concordance, a measure that involves the direct comparison of subjective and physiological sexual arousal in response to sexual stimuli and plays an important role in healthy sexual function.

 

Self-Reported Multiple Orgasm Experiences in an Online Sample of Women.

The main objective of this research project is to gather data on multi-orgasmic women's experiences of multiple orgasms, and the psychological, social and developmental factors that shape these experiences. This research project combines quantitative and qualitative measures to understand the phenomenology of multiple orgasms, and the meaning that multi-orgasmic capacity has for research participants. Additionally, data has been collected on participants' sexual history, to foster an understanding of the developmental factors that may inform orgasmic responsiveness.

 

Young Men's Cyber Behaviours and Internet Pornography Use: A Survey of a Randomly-sampled University Student Population.

This study examines young men's use of Internet technologies, including the use of Internet pornography. The study evaluates factors like: how much time participants spend online, whether they find the internet to be a useful tool, a distraction from your work (or both), and the ways in which they consume internet content, including sexual explicit content (i.e. pornography). Our aim in this study is to understand how young men use the Internet, and how their Internet use relates to other behaviours, and possible psychological correlates including impulsivity and compulsivity.

 

 

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