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Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Mar 24;6(241):620-2, 624.

[Unconscious sexual desire: fMRI and EEG evidences from self-expansion theory to mirror neurons].

[Article in French]

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Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA.


Recent advances in cognitive-social neuroscience allow a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying dyadic relationships. From a neuronal viewpoint, desire in dyadic relationships involves a specific fronto-temporo-parietal network and also a subcortical network that mediates conscious and unconscious mechanisms of reward, satisfaction, attention, self representation and self-expansion. The integration of this neuroscientific knowledge on the unconscious neurobiological activation for sexual desire in the human brain will provide physicians with new therapeutical and neuroscientific tools to apprehend sexual disorders in couple.

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