Welcome to SPAN Lab researching sex and porn addiction.


Welcome to the Sexual Psychophysiology and Affective Neuroscience (SPAN) Laboratory. We are devoted to increasing the understanding of sexual responses in individuals, their partners and sexual behaviors that risk physical and emotional health. We conduct research and offer learning opportunities for students. Please feel free to contact us with any questions on the contact page.

SPAN Lab research

Prause describes patent-pending brain stimulation to increase sex drive at UCLA Women's Health Conference.

Our new study on porn "addiction", the largest neuroscience study to date, covered in Huffington Post, Medical Daily, Daily Beast, and Bustle.

Our large (N=122) neuroscience study debunking porn "addiction" appears in Biological Psychology.

Our study of penis size preferences using 3D models accepted in PLOS One. Forthcoming.

SPAN research featured in Aeon debunking common myths about viewing sex films.

Our letter debunking yet another strange attack from anti-porn groups appears in Sexual Medicine.

Prause nominated for the Early Career Award by the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

presentation on sex addiction and porn addiction

Prause keynote speaker at the World Association for Sexual Health annual meeting "Sex to promote general health".

Prause TEDx speaker at the largest TEDx event in the country describing what reinforces sexual behaviors in humans.

Prause on panel for New Views on Pornography at Catalyst Con.

Prause covers women's penis size preferences at Nerd Nite.

Prause speaker for brain stimulation enhancing pleasant affect at the Society for Psychophysiological Research annual meeting.

Prause to debate herself at the annual meeting of theSexual Medicine Society of North America. Debate format has been changed to solo speaker due to lack of speakers willing to argue for addiction model.

Prause covers the sex addiction controversy as invited speaker for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting.

Prause delivers master lecture on hypersexuality at the European Federation of Sexology.

Prause on program committee for International Academy of Sex Research annual meeting.