Sex in the Brain

How Seizures, Strokes, Dementia, Tumors, and Trauma Can Change Your Sex Life

Amee Baird

Columbia University Press

Sex in the Brain

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9780231195904

168 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $28.00£22.00

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9780231551557

168 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $27.99£22.00

Sex in the Brain

How Seizures, Strokes, Dementia, Tumors, and Trauma Can Change Your Sex Life

Amee Baird

Columbia University Press

The effects on sex and the sex drive are not generally considered when thinking through the consequences of traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or the early stages of dementia, but these brain conditions and many more can result in dramatic changes in the sex lives of those who suffer them. There has been surprisingly little research on how our brains control one of the most fundamental of all human behaviors: sex. And there is even less understanding of what happens to a person’s sexuality after injury or illness affects their frontal and temporal lobes.

In Sex in the Brain, Amee Baird explores memorable cases of brain injuries and disease that have effected significant changes in sexual behavior and reveals what these exceptional stories have to say about human sexuality. Each chapter includes striking personal accounts, many from individuals Baird has met in her clinical practice, of unexpected changes in sexuality. Until now these fascinating, frightening, and funny stories have been hidden in medical journals or untold outside of the clinical setting. This book offers unique insight into how the brain controls sex life.
Amee Baird has delivered an entertaining and informative tour of the sexiest bits of the human brain, with real case studies from her research and clinical practice. In the style of the guru of popular neurology, Oliver Sacks, Baird captures the humanity of her patients. This book is at its best when it lets us into the lives of the patients and uses their cases to unfold a better understanding of the brain and what it means to be human. The sexual content is handled with great balance, neither prudish and euphemistic nor crude and voyeuristic. That isn’t easy to achieve, but achieve it Baird has. Rob Brooks, director of the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, and author of Sex, Genes, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World
The taboo on talking about changes in sex drive and sexual behaviours following brain damage is over! Neuropsychologist Amee Baird’s engaging case studies exploring this topic will move as well as educate the general reader, and inspire professionals to incorporate this central human need into their patient assessments and treatments. Jenni Ogden, Ph.D, author of Fractured Minds and Trouble in Mind

About the Author

Amee Baird is a clinical neuropsychologist with a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Involved in research and private practice, she has published widely in academic journals and in The Conversation and is a regular media commentator.