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Int J Neurosci. 2007 Mar;117(3):369-85.

The role of prefrontal systems in sexual behavior.

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Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey 08240-0195, USA.


Research from a variety of methodologies is demonstrating a role for neuroanatomical structures in different aspects of sexual behavior. This article reviews the particular contribution of prefrontal-subcortical systems to sexual behavior, including regions of prefrontal cortex (i.e., dorsolateral, medial, and orbitofrontal cortex), and associated subcortical structures (i.e., basal ganglia and thalamus). Findings are integrated from functional neuroimaging and clinical studies in humans, as well as animal studies, which convergently illustrate the role of different prefrontal systems. In addition to providing a clearer understanding of normal sexual behavior, appreciation of prefrontal systems in sexual behavior has implications for disorders of sexual behavior. Consistent with their role in other forms of cognition, emotion, and behavior, prefrontal systems serve in an executive capacity to regulate sexual behavior.

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