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.
Coming in 2014...Exciting new research partnership to be announced...
7/11/2014 New publication in collaboration with the UCLA Sexual Health Program.
7/2/2014 SPAN launches YouTube channel to describe research methods, results, and interpretations to the public.
7/1/2014 Prause promoted to Associate Research Scientist at UCLA.
6/4/2014 Prause comments on new fMRI study of visual sexual stimulus use in Daily Dot, Daily Beast, and LiveScience.
5/15/2014 Time, Shape, Women's Health, Fusion, Daily Mail, Examiner and others cover the first study to link brain response to actual sexual behaviors, challenging "underarousal" theories of sexual risk and the implications for HIV prevention efforts.
5/5/2014 U magazine coverage of Steele et al..
4/16/2014 Prause describes the brain response to erotica on the Internet in TakePart news on Cam Girls.
4/1/2014 Laboratories converge against the "addiction" model of sexual image viewing in APA monitor article.
2/19/2014 Prause discusses "pornography addiction" with On The Media for National Public Radio.
2/19/2014 Supplements available for recent Steele et al. (2013) showing sexual orientation of all participants, null results from all subscales (removed during peer review) , and identical patterns of results for two SDI scoring methods.
2/11/2014 New publication to Current Sexual Health Reports questioning the claims of "porn addiction" treatment providers.
1/19/2014 Prause describes the laboratory research in the area of sex "addictions" to Science for the People.
10/2013 New publication extending EEG alpha asymmetry to sexual motivation accepted to appear in Psychophysiology.
9/2013 Prause added to Editorial Board of PLOS ONE.
8/11/13 Greg Siegle and Prause win research award for EEG studies from the International Academy of Sex Research at their annual meeting.
7/23/13 Lab research featured on MSN Health
6/6/13 Current lab research technology discussed in VICE magazine
1/15/13 Prause nominated for Early Career Award by the international Society for Psychophysiological Research
1/15/13 Prause awarded Catalyst Grant to host UCLA symposium on sexual motivation.