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Ideal Sex Parthner

The aim of the current study was to investigate the gender differences in preferences for particular characteristics of an ideal sexual partner, and also to investigate the degree men and women accurately estimate the preferences of the other gender. A sample of 289 men and 137 women, who were serving in the army, completed a questionnaire about what they believed the ideal sex partner’s characteristics were, as well […]

Sex Offenders

Relationships between Cloninger’s temperament and character dimensions and plasma sex hormone levels and biogenic amine turnover were studied in male prison inmates convicted of rape (n= 61) or child molestation (n=24) and normal male controls (n=25). The participants completed the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI), which includes the temperament dimensions Novelty Seeking, Harm Avoidance, Reward Dependence and Persistence as well as the character dimensions Self-Directedness, Cooperativeness and Self-Transcendence. […]

Memory Formation

Synaptic connections may be modified by many different forms of plasticity or adaptive processes. At some hippocampal synapses, such as the perforant path to granule cell synapse, long-term potentiation (LTP) is observed to decay over a period of days or weeks. LTP has attracted a great deal of interest as a possible synaptic mechanism of both learning and memory. NMDA, AMPA and metabotropic gluta-mate receptors are involved in […]

Self-destructive behaviour in prisoners

Background: Self-harm among prisoners is a common phenomenon. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of self-injurious behavior (SIB) among Greek male prisoners, record their motives and determine independent risk factors.
Methods: A self-administered, anonymous questionnaire was administered to 173 male prisoners in the Chalkida prison, Greece. The questionnaire included items on self-harm/SIB, demographic parameters, childhood history, family history, physical and mental disease, lifestyle and smoking habits, alcohol dependence (CAGE questionnaire), illicit […]

Handedness and Hobby preference

 The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between handedness and hobby preference in healthy individuals. For this reason, the Annett handedness questionnaire and a standard questionnaire on preference for hobbies were administered to 879 healthy young men (age, M=22.3, ,SD= 4.8 yr.). Analysis showed more cultured individuals were much less likely to be strongly right-handed. Especially, pure right-handedness highly overrepresented among those who mainly preferred doing […]

Laterality in psychiatric patients

Increased incidence of left-eye and crossed hand-eye dominance have been considered as indicating left hemispheric dysfunction in many neuropsychiatric disorders. This study investigates the incidence of left-eye and crossed hand-eye dominance in patience with schizophrenia (n= 68), panic disorder (n= 62), personality disorder (n=35), heroin addiction (n=54), and mental retardation (n=33), in comparison with controls (n= 944). All psychiatric groups, except the group with panic disorder, had significantly […]

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a chronic and severe psychiatric disorder, which occurs 10-20 times more often in women. It is estimated to occur in about 0.5-1% of adolescent girls, it is characterized by a profound disturbance of body image and a relentless pursuit of thinness, and has a range of mortality between 5-18%. Biological factors, like genetic background, neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine systems, social factors, like society’s emphasis on thinness, […]

A test for Pedophilia

The present study was designed to explore the interference effects of sexual interest on viewing reaction time and cognitive functioning, in a group of sexual offenders.

In order to test this hypothesis, 31 rapists, 27 child molesters, 53 control males and 24 control females, were given with a PC a viewing reaction time task while being distracted with photos of semi-nude males and females of various ages and other stimuli. In […]

Sexual Offending in Psychotic Patients

In this chapter, we will discuss sexual offending behavior perpetrated by those individuals who suffer from psychotic mental illness (MI) including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, delusional disorder,andatypical psychoses.Thediagnosis of MI is often comorbidly associated with other disorders such as personality disorder and intellectually disabilities. Here we intend to concentrate on those with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. While there is relatively good consensusamongresearchers and clinicians about the diagnoses of schizophrenia (Hodgins, 2004), and the assessment […]

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