Research Study

Seeking to Understand the Cognitive Processing of Sexual Cues in Asexual Individuals and Heterosexual Women with Desire/Arousal Difficulties
Principal Investigator 
Lori Brotto


Body Locations and Systems 
Sexual Problems in Women
Study Start/End 
Jun 24, 2019
Diamond Health Care Centre
Natalie Brown, Study Coordinator
Purpose of Study 

In this study, we will examine how sexual identity (asexuality and heterosexuality) and sexual difficulties (i.e. clinically low desire) are related to the cognitive processing of sexual and non-sexual information. Specifically, we are interested in how these factors influence visual attention to and evaluations of erotic and neutral content. We hope our findings will add to evidence supporting asexuality as a unique sexual orientation and inform more effective treatments for women experiencing sexual concerns.


We’re inviting asexual individuals and heterosexual cis-gender women (i.e., women who were assigned female at birth) with sexual difficulties between the ages of 19-45 to participate in this research study. Participants must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and should be literate in the English language. Study eligibility will be assessed during a phone screen.


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