SexLab is a network of researchers who work in the field of sexual psychophysiology.
Sexual psychophysiology is a young and dynamic area of research that uses psychophysiological methods to improve our understanding of a wide range of phenomena, including sexual dysfunction, risky sexual behavior, paraphilic sexual interests, sexual addiction or compulsivity, sexual orientation, and sexual aggression. Psychophysiological methods can assist in the exploration of the underlying cognitive, affective, and physiological processes, and even more importantly, how such processes interact.
Psychophysiological methods are used to study the effects of aging, disease, disability, mood, alcohol, drugs, and hormones on sexual response. In addition, they are used to study the associations among sexual desire, arousal, and behavior. On a more applied level, psychophysiological methods are being used in the assessment of sex offenders, the diagnosis of sexual dysfunctions, and the evaluation of treatment efficacy.
Although researchers in these various areas rely on the same instrumentation, work on the basis of related assumptions, and are confronted with similar conceptual and methodological issues, for many years there has been little dialogue among them, limiting an integration and cross-fertilization of research efforts. SexLab welcomes theoretical and methodological discussions and encourages exchanges that will help increase consensus in approaches to signal recording, processing, and analysis.
SexLab was established in 1998 and has over 90 members, including researchers from the USA, Canada, France, Portugal, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, and Great Britain. SexLab's listserve and website are managed by Erick Janssen.