Hormones and emotions
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Symposium

Chair(s): Birgit Derntl (Tübingen), Jana Strahler (Gießen)

Presenter(s): Sarah Golder (Gießen), Katherine Hertlein (Salzburg, Austria), Jana Strahler (Gießen), Ann-Christin Kimmig (Tübingen)

Sexual health crucially contributes to mental health as it may complement physical, emotional and social health but can also be associated with distress, pain and dysfunctional reward. Most of our knowledge today on erotic stimuli processing stems from studies on males only. To better understand (dys)functional processes in the realm of sexual health, we need to come up with study designs that involve women and men also by incorporating stimuli that are sexually arousing to all genders.

We will start with a study addressing a very timely aspect, i.e. pornography consumption during the COVID 19 pandemic. Here, Sarah Golder (Gießen) will introduce the study design and present first data. While in the first talk recipients were mostly watching erotic stimuli alone, Katherine Hertlein (Salzburg) will show data on how collective pornography consumption affects heterosexual partnerships in the second talk of our symposium. Next on, Jana Strahler (Gießen) will present new data on influencing factors on sexual cue responsivity in men such as negative affect, while in our last talk, Ann-Christin Kimmig (Tübingen) will highlight the neural circuits underlying approach-avoidance behavior to erotic stimuli in naturally cycling women and women taking oral contraceptives.

With this symposium we want to highlight the relevance of investigating sexual health in women and men, as this critical aspect of mental health has far reaching individual, societal and clinical consequences that by now, however, are only poorly understood.

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