When Disgust Becomes a Sexual Turn-On
September 22, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller
“I felt disgusted, but also very satisfied.” I just heard this line on an NPR podcast that had absolutely nothing to do with sex—but it really got me thinking because...
Kink & BDSM, Psychology
Are Our Brains ‘Wired’ For Monogamy Or Non-Monogamy?
August 11, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller
Why does monogamy work for some people but not for others? Research suggests that it might have something to do with the way our brains are ‘wired.’ Consider a study...
Dating & Relationships, Psychology
The True Story of How I Became a Sex Educator and Researcher
March 10, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller
Our professional biographies tend to serve as a “highlight reel”—they only say the great things we’ve accomplished and don’t reveal the struggles, challenges, and uncertainties that went into building a...
What Scientists Get Wrong About Relationships
January 11, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller
I went to graduate school to study the psychology of romantic relationships. Relationships are one of the most significant and consequential things in our lives, with the quality of our...
Dating & Relationships, Psychology
Announcing the Eighth Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
October 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller
I am pleased to announce the eighth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology....
4 Theories on the Psychology of Prejudice
June 8, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller
I have received several questions from readers recently on the psychology of prejudice. Where does it come from? Why are racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias so common?...
Fighting Inequality and Injustice: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
June 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller
Events over the last several weeks have got me thinking more about what I can do to make a difference when it comes to fighting against entrenched forms of inequality...
How Do You Become a Sex Researcher?
February 21, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller
‘How do I become a sex researcher?’ I get this question a lot from students who want to know what degree they should pursue in order to enter the field....
What Does It Mean To Be Sex Positive?
October 9, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller
What does it mean to be sex positive? This is one of those terms that different people define in different ways; however, at the core of most definitions is the...
Why I Deleted My Academia.edu Account and Why You Should, Too
September 16, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller
The traditional model of academic publishing restricts access to research by putting it in the hands of private companies. As a result, I’ve had to work hard to make my...
Study Abroad With Me in Amsterdam for a Course on Sex and Culture
September 13, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller
I’m excited to announce a unique study abroad opportunity in conjunction with the Sexual Health Alliance. We are offering a one-week study abroad program in Amsterdam focused on sex and...
How Do You “Come Out” as a Sex Therapist, Educator, or Researcher?
May 29, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller
Whenever someone asks what I do for a living, I have a decision to make: do I “out” myself as a sex scientist, or do I give a generic answer...
How You Can Tell Whether a Sex “Expert” Is Legitimate
March 6, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller
Gizmodo recently published an exposé on Daniel Sendler, someone who presented himself as a sex expert to the popular media and succeeded in getting a lot of publicity for himself...
So You Want To Be A Science Blogger? Here’s What You Need To Know
November 9, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller
I’ve been running the Sex and Psychology blog for nearly 7 (!) years at this point. When I started, I didn’t know a whole lot about blogging. I gradually picked...
4 Things I’ll Miss About Academia—And 4 Things I Won’t
September 5, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller
I made a major career move this summer. After working ten years as a college professor, I decided it was time for something new: I left academia to become a...
The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2nd Edition) is Now in Print!
November 20, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller
I've taught human sexuality courses in colleges and universities for more than a decade. Teaching a course on this subject obviously poses a number of unique challenges, but one of...
The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research: When Is Sexuality Too Risky To Study?
September 15, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller
A new paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggesting that computers have better “gaydar” than humans made quite a media splash this week. Specifically,...
“Common Sense” Isn’t A Substitute For Scientific Research
August 23, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller
I spend a lot of time talking, writing, and tweeting about the latest scientific research on sex and relationships. Over the years, I've had more than a few people respond...
How This Sex Scientist is Putting His Post-Election Emotions to Work
November 11, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller
The morning after this week’s U.S. Presidential election, I awoke feeling a range of emotions—none of them positive. I was sad. I was angry. I was scared.I spent the entire...
As a Sex Researcher and Educator, Last Night’s Election was Terrifying
November 9, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller
As I watched last night’s U.S. election results come in, I was stunned and shocked. When I work up this morning, I was terrified. These feelings are, in part, a...
Announcing the 4th Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
August 12, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller
I am pleased to announce that, for the fourth year in a row, there will be a Sexuality Pre-Conference prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and...
Video: Fight For Your Right (To Be A Sex Scientist)
July 29, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller
Being a successful sex researcher is--and always has been--a tough business. Sex research has a lot of vocal critics who aren't comfortable with the work we're doing, some of whom...
College Students Don’t Need To Be Protected From Sex Studies
May 23, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller
Before a scientific study is carried out, researchers usually need to receive approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), a body of fellow scientists who evaluate a given study’s potential...
Psychology, Sex Ed
A Scientist’s Response To “We Needed Research To Tell Us This?”
September 18, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller
As someone who spends a fair amount of time engaging the public with the latest scientific research on sexuality and relationships, it is not uncommon for me to receive comments...
A Guide To Becoming Literate In The Science Of Sex
June 10, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller
Although sex is a topic about which many of us are inherently curious, there are surprisingly few reliable sources out there for learning about it, especially sources that are grounded...
Media & Culture, Psychology
Which Scientific Research Is Worth Publishing? Why Perceived Impact And Importance Are Flawed Publication Criteria
May 7, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller
Open-access (OA) science journals such as PLoS ONE operate under a different model of editorial and peer review than the traditional non-OA journals. Perhaps the biggest difference is that, at...
How Course Titles Affect Student Interest In College Diversity Courses
October 10, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
Diversity courses dealing with sexuality, gender, and race offer a range of benefits to the students who take them. As a result, U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly adding such...
Announcing The 2nd Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
October 3, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
I have attended a lot of psychology conferences over the years and, after many of them, I often thought to myself: “What would have made this conference even better? More...
What Is It Really Like To Be A Sex Researcher?
August 7, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
Nerve recently ran an article entitled "Meet The Modern-Day Masters Of Sex," in which they interviewed four sexologists about how they got into the field, what a typical day looks...
The Psychology of Human Sexuality Is Now In Print!
April 14, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
I have been teaching college level human sexuality courses for nearly a decade. However, during all of that time, I could never find the right textbook. Certainly, there are a...
What Is It Like To Publish In An Open-Access Journal?
February 19, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
In my previous post, I talked about why I no longer want to be a part of the traditional academic publication system: the acceptance criteria are entirely too subjective, the...
Why I Started Publishing In Open-Access Journals, And Why You Should Too
February 17, 2014 by Justin Lehmiller
As a graduate student, I was taught that I needed to publish, publish, publish if I ever wanted a job. So I spent countless hours conducting study after study and...
Sex Question Friday: What Is A Sexologist And How Do I Become One?
December 20, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who is interested in becoming a sexologist.I have great...
Psychology, Sex Q&A
College Professor Told To Stop Teaching About Prostitution, Or Else
December 17, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
Dr. Patricia Adler, who teaches a popular course on the topic of deviance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was recently warned by university administrators that she must stop giving...
What I Learned By Attending A Sex Conference
November 20, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
This past weekend, I attended the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Although I have been a sex educator and researcher for quite some...
Announcing The First-Ever SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
November 11, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
I have attended a lot of academic conferences over the years and I’ve almost always had the same thought after leaving each one: “What would make this conference even better?...
Take A Moment To Thank Your Favorite College Professor Today
September 27, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
If you all will allow me a day off from sex talk, I’d like to share a personal story. I learned this week that one of my favorite professors from...
Sex Surrogacy: The “Hands-On” Approach to Sex Therapy
January 14, 2013 by Justin Lehmiller
“The best therapy for a man suffering impotence…may be a therapist-supplied ‘other woman’ who embodies patience. Actual patience with a willing woman is crucial.” – Quote from the November 1,...
Psychology, Sex Ed
Tearoom Trade And The Study Of Sex In Public Places
October 3, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
In the not too distant past, scientists could get away with almost anything because ethics boards did not yet exist and it was up to the researchers themselves to determine...
Psychology, Sex Ed
Have Some Human Sexuality Courses Crossed The Line?
July 9, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
There has been a lot of controversy over college-level Human Sexuality courses lately. For instance, a student at Western Nevada College just filed a lawsuit against her school and instructor...
Sex Surveys Pose No Harm To Student Participants
July 4, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
Sex surveys have been controversial ever since the pioneering work of Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s and 50s. There has been a persistent concern that asking people questions about sex...
Psychology, Sex Ed
Sex Question Friday: How Do I Become A Sex Therapist?
May 25, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
Every Friday on the blog, I answer sex questions submitted to me by actual college students. This week’s question comes from a reader of the blog who wanted to know...
Psychology, Sex Q&A
How Should We Deal With Scientific Fraud in Psychology?
April 4, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
It was recently reported that a Dutch social psychologist, Diederik Stapel, published at least 30 papers in reputable scientific journals based on data he had completely faked. The full scope...
A Concise Guide to Reviewing Journal Articles in Psychology
March 14, 2012 by Justin Lehmiller
Any reputable scientific journal utilizes a peer-review process, in which each manuscript received is sent to a small group of experts to evaluate the work and determine whether it merits...