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Erick Janssen
Senior Research Fellow
The Kinsey Institute
Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, University of Leuven

Morrison Hall 313
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-7686
Webpage(s): SexLab, IU Profile

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The Dual Control Model of Arousal (8:15)
Mood and Sexuality (9:25)
Studying Sexuality in Relationships (8:08)

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Ph.D., Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1995
M.A., Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1988
Research Statement

Dr. Janssen's research interests include the determinants of sexual desire and arousal, the effects of emotions on sexual response and behavior, and sexuality and relationships. A large part of his work focuses on a newly developed model of sexual response and behavior which, with its focus on individual differences in the propensity for sexual excitation and inhibition, has opened up a new research agenda with wide relevance. The model is being used and tested by researchers around the world in studies on sexual health topics as varied as sexual risk taking, sexual dysfunction, sexual compulsivity, and sexual aggression.

Studies in over 25,000 men and women have consistently shown that large individual differences exist in sexual excitation and inhibition proneness, and suggest that this variability is associated with, on the one end, a vulnerability to sexual dysfunction and, on the other end, an increased likelihood of engaging in risky sexual risk behaviors. Most studies related to sexual risk taking focus on risk for contracting sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and unprotected sexual activities. Dr Janssen's research conceptualizes sexual risk taking more broadly to include behaviors that may jeopardize other aspects of well-being (e.g., relationships, mood).

Dr. Janssen also studies the relationship between sexual and nonsexual emotions (e.g., love, sadness, anger) and how these, separately and in interaction, influence sexual functioning, behavior, and satisfaction, in individuals as well as in couples. In approaching this work, Dr Janssen applies questionnaire, psychophysiological, daily diary (using smart phone technology) as well as interview and focus group methods.

Research Interests
  • Sexual Psychophysiology
  • Sexual Inhibition and Excitation
  • Mood and Sexuality
  • High-Risk Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sex and the Internet
  • Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
Selected Publications
Janssen, E., Macapagal, K., & Mustanski, B. (2013). Individual differences in the effects of mood on sexuality: The Revised Mood and Sexuality Questionnaire (MSQ-R). Journal of Sex Research, 50(7), 676-687. DOI:10.1080/00224499.2012.684251
Lykins, A.D., Janssen, E., Hahn, S., Heiman, J.R., & Rafaeli, E. (2012). The effects of similarity in sexual excitation, inhibition, and mood on sexual arousal problems and sexual satisfaction in newlywed couples. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 1360-1366.
Janssen, E. (2011). Sexual arousal in men: A review and conceptual analysis. Hormones and Behavior, doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2011.03.004.
Cerny, J., & Janssen, E. (2011). Patterns of sexual arousal in homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, doi:10.1007/s10508-011-9746-0.
Rehman, U., Janssen, E., Hahn, S., Heiman, J., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Fallis, E., & Rafaeli, E. (2011). Marital satisfaction and communication behaviors during sexual conflict discussions in newlywed couples: A pilot study. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 37, 94-103.
Janssen, E. (2009). Sex in established relationships. In H. Reis and S. Sprecher (Eds), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Janssen, E., Goodrich, D., Petrocelli, J., & Bancroft, J. (2009). Psychophysiological response patterns and risky sexual behavior in heterosexual and homosexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 538-550.
Janssen, E., McBride, K., Yarber, W., Hill, B.J., & Butler, S. (2008). Factors that influence sexual arousal in men -- a focus group study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 252-265.
Janssen, E. (Ed). (2007). The Psychophysiology of Sex. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
Janssen, E., Prause, N., & Geer, J. (2007). The sexual response. In J. T. Cacioppo, L. G. Tassinary, & G. G. Berntson (Eds.), Handbook of Psychophysiology, 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 245-266.
Janssen, E. & Bancroft, J. (2007). The Dual-Control Model: The role of sexual inhibition & excitation in sexual arousal and behavior. In E. Janssen (Ed.), The Psychophysiology of Sex. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Laan, E. & Janssen, E. (2007). How do men and women feel? Determinants of subjective experience of sexual arousal. In E. Janssen (Ed.), The Psychophysiology of Sex. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
Bancroft, J., Carnes, L., & Janssen, E. (2005). Unprotected anal intercourse in HIV positive and HIV negative gay men: The relevance of sexual arousability, mood, sensation seeking, and erectile problems. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 299-305.
Bancroft, J, Carnes, L. & Janssen, E., Goodrich, D., & Long, J. S. (2005). Erectile and ejaculatory problems in gay and heterosexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 285-297.

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