About this Research Topic
Neural control of sexual function is enabled by a complex neural circuitry interconnecting regions of autonomic and somatic systems, including higher-order cortical and subcortical areas, such as prefrontal cortex and amygdala. Dysfunctions can occur at any level of this hierarchical neural control. Traditionally, psychological and pharmacological approaches have been used to treat sexual dysfunctions. More recently, with the advancement of computer science, robotics and neural engineering, novel treatments started to emerge based on such methods as virtual reality, neurofeedback, electroceuticals, and even artificial sex organs and sex robots. These new developments introduce many ethical issues.
The purpose of this Research Topic is to characterize the current state of the art in this multidisciplinary field. We invite original research, reviews and methods articles on basic neuronal mechanisms of sexual functions and treatment strategies for the dysfunctions. Our goal is to provide a broad coverage, from basic reflexes to neural representations of attraction and love. Manuscripts are welcome on both hetorosexual and homosexual neural functions and circuits. We also invite articles that describe augmentation approaches. Interdisciplinary contributions are invited from such fields as Neuroscience, Neuroprosthetics, Neuroethics, Neuropharmacology, Psychology, Robotics, Psychology and Philosophy.