Evolutionary sexology and psychopathology

Head of the department

Mgr. Kateřina Klapilová, Ph.D.

The primary focus of our research groups is the basic research of particular systems of partner/sexual behavior  in the “normal” population (standards of sexual normality), which is in contrast with paraphilic sexual function. This research includes the development of stimuli for testing. The aim is to test psychophysiological reaction to this stimuli with the potential for application in clinical practice. A further purpose is to explore disorders relating to particular systems of partner/sexual function, which is connected with extended mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, depressive disorder).

The main paradigm of our group is evolutionary psychiatry and psychology, which can be oriented to the view of mental disorders. Mental disorders are interpreted as a functional adaptation or adaptive behavioral strategy, which can be activated trough interaction with environment. They can be also interpreted as a maladaptation or adaption to another (pleistocene) environment that has no immediate and obvious function but can still influence human behavior. Rigorous identification of particular functional adaptation/maladaptation of the sexual motivation system (from attention to partner  preferences to sexual intercourse) in a typical population can offer insight in to the etiology of sexual variation. It also facilitates the development of materials for testing, which can lead to better diagnoses for patients. We apply the same paradigm to the research of sexual pathology connected with mental disorders, which are interpreted from an adaptive perspective. We assume that these adaptations also include regulation of the sexual motivation system - system that is related to reproductive success.

Special emphasis is placed on understanding the systematic connection between all phases of the sexual motivation system and the underlying development during ontogeny (activation/deactivation in critical period, identification of critical period, influence of learning and attachment). An important part of our research is to describe the proximate mechanism, which considers the manifestation of adaptations - neurobiology of particular systems of partner/sexual function, identification of mechanical regulation of these adaptive reactions (physiological reactions, neural correlates).

 

What equipment we are using:

Penile plethysmography (PPG)

Electrocardiography (ECG)

Galvanic skin response (GSR)

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Eye tracker

BioPac Systems

Kinect

Intel RealSense technology

Oculus Rift

Leap Motion

Team members

Androvičová, Renáta, Mgr.
Bártová, Klára, Mgr., Ph.D.
Čiženkova, Alena, Mgr.
Kmoníčková, Jana, PhDr.
Krejčová, Lucie, Mgr., Ph.D.
Lindová, Jitka, Mgr., Ph.D.
Novák, Ondřej, Mgr.
Pastor, Zlatko, MUDr., Ph.D.
Potyszová, Kateřina, Mgr.
Prikrylová, Katarína, Mgr.
Richterová, Eva, Mgr.
Šlechtová, Zuzana, Bc.
Weiss, Petr, Prof. PhDr., Ph.D., DSc.
Wells, Timothy Jason, BSc. hons, Ph.D.
Zikánová, Tereza, Mgr.
 


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