Sex Ed

Participants Needed for Studies on Threesomes, Public Nudity, BDSM, and More!

June 17, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

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A few years back, I launched the Sex Studies page on Sex and Psychology with the goal of helping to connect sex researchers with potential participants, and it has been very successful! Year in and year out, it remains one of the most-visited pages on the entire site, which suggests that there is quite an appetite among visitors for participating in sex research.

This page is updated regularly with calls for participation from sex scientists across the globe, with dozens of new studies posted each year (more than 15 have been posted so far this year!). Current participation opportunities cover a wide range of topics, from understanding attitudes toward and experiences with threesomes to people’s feelings about public nudity to the development of kink/BDSM identities to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of our sex lives and relationships, including how it has impacted sex workers.

Feel free to participate in as many studies as you would like. However, please be sure to review the eligibility criteria first to ensure that you’re a good fit for a given study before signing up. 

Unfortunately, sex research is an area where grant funding remains quite scarce, especially in the United States, where it is typically difficult to get grants for sex studies unless you’re studying STDs. In fact, most of the projects advertised on this page don’t have any financial backing, which can make it challenging to recruit participants.

As a result, any help you can provide by taking part in one or more of these studies and/or by spreading the word about these research opportunities (such as by sharing the Sex Studies page on Facebook or tweeting a link to it) would be greatly appreciated and will help to advance our understanding of human sexuality.

Thank you for your contributions to the science of sex!

Note for sex researchers: If you’d like to have your study listed on this website, please follow the submission instructions listed on the Sex Studies page.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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