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Neurological control of human sexual behaviour: insights from lesion studies
  1. Amee D Baird1,
  2. Sarah J Wilson1,
  3. Peter F Bladin2,
  4. Michael M Saling1,
  5. David C Reutens3
  1. 1
    School of Behavioural Science, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2
    Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Epilepsy Research Centre, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
  3. 3
    Department of Neurology, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Dr Amee Baird, Neuropsychology Department, Saltpêtrière Hospital, 47–83 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, Paris 75013, France; ameebaird{at}


We review the human literature examining the effects of neurological insult on human sexual behaviour. We provide a synthesis of the findings to date, and identify key brain regions associated with specific aspects of human sexual behaviour. These include subcortical and cortical regions, with the mesial temporal lobe and the amygdala in particular being a crucial structure in the mediation of human sexual drive.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Abbreviations:
    Klüver Bucy syndrome
    temporal lobe epilepsy

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