We are going to stimulate your BRAAAAAINNNN
People who struggle to make good decisions about their sexual behaviors are probably not terribly motivated to avoid those behaviors: Sex feels good! We have completed a trial using brain stimulation as a method to help people gain control over their sexual urges. Forthcoming!
Sexual arousal and decision making
When someone decides whether or not to use a condom, whether or not to invite that friend from the bar home, or whether to stop at oral sex, they are usually in a sexually aroused state. Oddly, we know very little about how this sexually aroused state affects these decisions. We're working on it!
Self-regulation of sexual arousal
What affects your ability to control your sexual arousal? Is that skill related to your real sexual risk behaviors? So far, we have replicated another study (Winters et al., 2009) that found those reporting more "sex addiction" problems actually do not have poorer regulation skills, but those with higher sexual desire do struggle to downregulate.
Sexy films and the brain
Over 200 men and women have viewed sexy films in our lab. How does the brain attend to these films and how does that relate to individual differences? You guessed it, those high desire folks sure get bored fast (but it's unrelated to "sex addiction").
Neuropsychological indices of approach motivation
Many investigators have published an "alpha asymmetry" index as a measure of motivation to behave. It turns out this also works for sexual films, but those darn "porn addicts" don't look much like addicts at all in these studies.