Close Relationships and Sexuality

Our lab recently started doing research on human sexuality. This research is therefore work in progress. One focus revolves around trait sex drive. We conceptualize sex drive as stable patterns of sexual thoughts/fantasies, desire, and behavior. A recent meta-analysis on gender differences in sex drive building on this framework found evidence for a stronger sex drive in men compared to women (Frankenbach, Weber, Loschelder, Kilger, & Friese, in preparation). Also building on this theoretical framework, we seek to create a scale to efficiently measure individual differences in sex drive (Weber, Frankenbach, Reis, & Friese, in preparation). We also examine antecedents of situational experiences in everyday life and consequences of trait sex drive in and outside the sexual domain.