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SexualSynaesthesiaTheinfluenceof synaestheticperceptionsonsexualexperience

Diplomandin: Erstgutachter: Prof. Dr. U. Hartmann. Klinik fr Psychiatrie, Sozialpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie:AbteilungKlinischePsychologie,MedizinischeHochschuleHannover Zweitgutachter: PD Dr. T. Fehr. Center for Cognitive Sciences (ZKW), Center for Advanced Imaging,DepartmentofNeuropsychology/BehavioralNeurobiology,UniversityofBremen The perceptual phenomenon of genuine synaesthesia describes a rare neural condition whichappearsapproximatelyin1of2000cases(BaronCohen,Burt,SmithLaittan,Harrison und Bolton, 1996). Synaesthetes show an automatically induced linkage between two or moreoftheirsenses,e.g.,colourperceptionwhenlookingatlettersornumbersorcoloured formswhenlisteningtomusic. Buttheperceptualphenomenonsynaesthesiadoesnotonlycontaincommonformssuchas graphemecoloursynaesthesia.Asshowninmanycasereportsthereappearstobeexisting forms which are associated with tactile perception as well. This includes synaesthetic experiences through touches, physically inflicted pain and furthermore sexual stimulation. Thistactileformofsynaesthesiaseemstoberelatedwiththeemotionalformwhichconsists ofsynaestheticperceptionsinducedbydifferentmoodsandemotions(Emrich,2009). Although many synaesthetes report on such experiences this form has not been yet investigatedindetailwhichiswhythepresentedprojectcanbeconsideredapilotstudy. Severalquestionnaireswillbeemployed: The KFSP (Kurzfragebogen zur Erfassung sexueller Probleme) originally was conceived to inquiresexualproblemsanddissatisfactions.Inthiscaseitwillbeemployedtodetectsexual behavior,preferencesandpotentiallyexistingdissatisfactionstoshowwhetherornotthere are any differences in the general sexual experience between synaesthetes and non synaesthetes. The subsequent interrogation focuses on special aspects of the synaesthetic perception during sexual states of excitement. The questionnaire OAVAV was conceived to detect perceptionaldeviationduringalteredstatesofconsciousnessingeneralandshouldbefilled outaboutfifteenminutesaftertheconsciousnesschangingevent(whichinthiscasewill bethesexualexperience). The third instrument will be the Fragebogen zur Erfassung sexueller Erlebnisformen a questionnaireespeciallyconceivedtodetectalterationsinthesexualexperience.Itwillbe employedtosupplementtheOAVAV. Additionally, personal interviews will be conducted to go beyond the capacity of the quantitativequestionnaireinterrogation.

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