Welcome to SPAN Lab. Science behind sex addiction 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.

Sex addiction and porn addiction research in female sexuality

Prause talks to Salt Lake Tribune about porn addiction.

Prause talks to DREX radio about sex addiction and asexuality.

For International Women's Day Prause speaks on NPR's Human Mind on sex tech for low sexual desire.

Prause reviews brain science with BBC on porn "addiction".

Utah pseudoscience on "porn addiction" called out by Prause on Mic and Reality Check.

Prause reviews the benefits of masturbation for Reality Check.

Prause's career in research reviewed by California Sunday, the weekly mag of the Los Angeles Times (appearing in print Nov 1).

Prause reviews research on sexual rewards at TEDx Boulder.

Prause describes current state of porn "addiction" for the Economist.

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

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.

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

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

presentation on sex addiction and porn addiction

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

Prause co-leading discussion on affective touch for the Society for Affective Science annual meeting.

Prause describes the falsification of the porn addiction model for the Animal Behavior Conference.

Prause discusses the history of research in female sexuality at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

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

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

Prause giving plenary for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality annual meeting.