The projects in this study have as their central theme the role of sexual
inhibition and excitation in the control of sexual response. This theory,
developed at The Kinsey Institute, states that sexual arousal and
associated behavior depend on 'dual control' mechanisms in the brain involving
the balance of excitatory and inhibitory systems.
This model may help to explain high-risk
sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction,
the relationship between mood and sexuality
and sexual compulsivity. We are
also interested in potential gender differences. Specific projects on
women's sexual inhibition and excitation factors
is also being studied.
We have developed a questionnaire that has been validated that measures
individual's propensity for sexual inhibition and excitation. Samples
tested include web samples, students, men, women, clinical populations,
etc. The questionnaire is now being used by other researchers in the US
and Europe and has been translated into German, French and Dutch.
If you would like fill out the questionnaire, and find out how easily you are turned on and turned off, click here.
Mark, K.P., Janssen, E., and Milhausen, R.R. (2011). Infidelity in Heterosexual Couples: Demographic, Interpersonal, and Personality-Related Predictors of Extradyadic Sex. Archives of Sexual Behavior
. DOI 10.1007/s10508-011-9771-z. pdf
Bancroft, John, Graham, Cynthia A., Janssen, Erick, Sanders, Stephanie A. (2009). The Dual Control Model: Current Status and Future Directions. Journal of Sex Research
, 46 (2 & 3): 121-142. pdf browser
Janssen, E., Vorst, H., Finn, P., & Bancroft, J. (2002a). The Sexual
Inhibition (SIS) and Sexual Excitation (SES) Scales: I. Measuring sexual
inhibition and excitation proneness in men. Journal of Sex Research
39, 114-126. pdf
Janssen, E., Vorst, H., Finn, P., & Bancroft, J. (2002b). The Sexual
Inhibition (SIS) and Sexual Excitation (SES) Scales: II. Predicting psychophysiological
response patterns. Journal of Sex Research
, 39, 127-132 pdf
John Bancroft, M.D., Erick
Janssen, Ph.D., Stephanie Sanders,
Ph.D., and Cynthia Graham, Ph.D.
"Know Thy [sexual] Self". Research & Creative Activity, Fall 2010.
"Sex: The Science
of Sexual Arousal", from APA Monitor, April, 2003
Bancroft, J & Janssen, E. (2000) The dual control model of male sexual
response: a theoretical approach to centrally mediated erectile dysfunction.
and Biobehavioral Review, Vol 24, No 5, pp. 571-579. pdf
Bancroft, J. (1999). Central inhibition of sexual response in the male:
a theoretical perspective. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 23:
Sexual Arousal", Research and Creative Activity, 1997.
Hear Dr. Erick Janssen discuss the dual-control model ("KI Presents" podcast).
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