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TORONTO x JUNE 9, 2017

A day of sexual discovery through scientific inquiry

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TORONTO x JUNE 9, 2017

A day of sexual discovery through scientific inquiry

 

Love and sex down to a science at the Royal Ontario Museum.

SEXposium is a space where sex and science converge, bringing academic and community audiences together to exchange ideas on love and sex. Serving students, scientists, and the incurably curious, our mission is to spark connection, conversation, and curiosity about love, sex, and gender, and apply new scientific findings to strengthen relationships, health, and well-being. We also serve up-and-coming researchers— giving students a public platform to share findings and forge collaborations.

Join us at the ROM for a day of provocative dialogue and sexual discovery— packed with talks, discussions, and posters that explore the psychology of sex differences, mating strategies, romantic chemistry, and everything in-between. 

DATE & HOURS

June 9, 2017, 11a-11p

LOCATION

100 Queens Park                     Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 

CONTACT

Diana Peragine
info@sexposium.ca

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program.


 

 

love & intimacy ♥ sex differences ♥ genders & sexualities ♥ sexual selection desire & sexual function ♥ mating strategies ♥ attachment processes biological bases of attachment & love

 

program.


 

 

love & intimacy ♥ sex differences ♥ genders & sexualities ♥ sexual selection desire & sexual function ♥ mating strategies ♥ attachment processes biological bases of attachment & love

 

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speakers.


 

 

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LOREN MARTIN

SEX MATTERS: BALANCING THE SCALES IN PAIN RESEARCH

Loren Martin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and heads the Pain and Neural Sciences Lab. His research team studies the interplay between stress and pain, and how, when a person (or mouse) is stressed, the brain's ability to filter pain signals is negatively affected and pain is amplified- leading to chronic stress and chronic pain. He also conducts research on the biological mechanisms of empathy and prosocial behaviors, which are negatively affected by social stress.

AMY MUISE

KEEPING THE SEXUAL SPARK ALIVE

Amy Muise is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at York University and heads the Sexual Health and Relationships (SHaRe) Lab. Her research team asks why some couples are able to keep their sexual spark alive and have fulfilling romantic partnerships over time while other couples are disconnected and discontent. Her research focuses on understanding how couples can maintain happier relationships and have more fulfilling sex lives over time. She applies social psychological theories of close relationships and motivation to understand when and for whom sex is associated with benefits, and when it might detract from the quality of relationships.

GEOFF MACDONALD

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: SEXUAL NOSTALGIA AS A RESPONSE TO SEXUAL AND RELATIONAL “DRY SPELLS”

Geoff MacDonald is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Psychology, and heads the MacDonald Social Psychology Research Lab. He wants to understand why we relate to each other the way we do - what is the space between us, and what draws us to risk narrowing that space? His perspective begins with the premise that belonging is a deep and ancient need, instilled through millions of years of natural selection. Early in life we learn whether it is safe and rewarding to make ourselves vulnerable to our caregivers, and we carry those lessons into our adult relationships. For people who were treated badly, carrying feelings of worthlessness and distrust into relationships can make it difficult to satisfy that need for connection. How do those patterns of insecurity manifest in romantic and sexual relationships? What can be done to heal emotional wounds that were inflicted so early and feel so natural that you may not recognize they are there?

GILLIAN EINSTEIN

BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

Gillian Einstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health at the University of Toronto, The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging, and head of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Gender, and Health. Her research examines how the structure and function of the brain is influenced by the context of people’s lives, especially sex and gender. These influences include hormones and genes, as well as culture, social environment and personal life experiences. In turn, these factors can influence our health and successful aging. Her research team recruits women, men and gender-diverse individuals to explore how their brains and behaviour react and respond when they experience sex-specific health conditions, medical treatments or social practices. They investigate outcomes on the brain, as well as on individuals’ feminine/masculine identities, with the goal of promoting better science, precision medicine and healthier communities.

DAVID FEINBERG

UNLOCKING THE EVOLUTIONARY MYSTERIES OF THE HUMAN VOICE

David Feinberg is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior at McMaster University, and heads the Voice Research Laboratory. He explores how we use voices and faces to perceive the world around us. His research examines everything from female perceptions of male attractiveness and dominance, to male preferences in female facial features, and the practice of deliberately altering one's voice to increase "vocal attractiveness."

JAMES CANTOR

PEDOPHILIA BEING IN THE BRAIN: THE EVIDENCE AND THE PUBLIC’S REACTION

James Cantor is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Psychologist in the Forensic Division at CAMH and the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute. His research uses neuroimaging and other techniques to study the role of the brain in the development of human sexual interests, including pedophilia and hypersexuality. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of "Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment," and his comments about the science of human sexuality have appeared broadly, including on CNN, the BBC, Le Monde, and Dan Savage's "Savage Love."

MEREDITH CHIVERS

TUNING IN, TURNING ON, DROPPING OUT: GENDER AND SEXUAL RESPONSE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Dr. Meredith Chivers is an Associate Professor, Queen’s National Scholar, Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator, and Director of the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory (Sagelab) in the department of Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). The Sagelab research team studies the intersection between gender/sex and sexuality as it pertains to sexual attractions, sexual desire and arousal, and sexual functioning, and they work to challenge the invisibility faced by sexual and gender minorities. Her research on the female sexual response system has highlighted the disconnect between some women's minds and bodies, informed new approaches to treating sexual difficulties, and underscored that there is still much to be learned about female sexuality, sexual attractions, and sexual desire.

CYNTHIA JORDAN

FROM SEX TO MOTONEURON DISEASE

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Cynthia Jordan is a Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, and co-head of the Jordan Breedlove Lab. Her story as a neuroscientist began at UCLA where she participated in landmark research that helped establish the current framework for studying sex differences in brain and behavior. In recent years, her interests led her to the world of neurodegenerative diseases, where she has made leading contributions to our understanding of Kennedy’s Disease. Her work has led to a major paradigm shift in understanding neuromuscular diseases— moving the field beyond a sole focus on motoneurons, to a focus on factors at the muscle that can cause motoneurons to get sick.

MARC BREEDLOVE

THE USE AND MISUSE OF FINGERS IN SEX RESEARCH

INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Marc Breedlove is the Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, co-head of the Breedlove Jordan Lab, and one of the world’s leading experts on human sexuality. Broadly, he examines how sex hormones alter the developing and adult nervous system, causing changes in behavior. His research has demonstrated that biological influences, such as prenatal testosterone and fraternal birth order, act before birth to affect the later unfolding of human sexual orientation, which is the theme for his documentary project Whom You Love.

Let's talk about sex.

Provocative ideas from 9 of the brightest minds in sex research.

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Marc Breedlove

BIOLOGICAL BASES OF SEXUALITY

James Cantor

PEDOPHILIA BEING IN THE BRAIN

Meredith Chivers

GENDERED SEXUAL RESPONSE

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Gillian Einstein

BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

David Feinberg

EVOLUTION AND THE HUMAN VOICE

Cynthia Jordan

FROM SEX TO MOTONEURON DISEASE

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Geoff MacDonald

SEXUAL NOSTALGIA

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Loren Martin

CONSIDERING SEX IN PAIN RESEARCH

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Amy Muise

KEEPING THE SEXUAL SPARK ALIVE

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BETTER SEX THROUGH SCIENCE AT THE royal ontario museum

Boasting more than six million items and forty galleries, The ROM is a world leader in natural history and world cultures, and Canada's largest field-research institution.

Learn More

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BETTER SEX THROUGH SCIENCE AT THE royal ontario museum

Boasting more than six million items and forty galleries, The ROM is a world leader in natural history and world cultures, and Canada's largest field-research institution.

Learn More

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aftershow.


After a day of new ideas, explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag and burlesque as part of #FNLROM: Love.

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After a day of new ideas, explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag and burlesque as part of #FNLROM: Love.

Learn hard, play hard.

In partnership with #FNLROM: Love.

Watch.

ART & PERFORMERS

Swing by the adult coloring book bar, hit the dancefloor, catch some live body painting, or watch our fairy dragmother and Toronto's fiercest queens serve Once Upon A Tuck realness in the Whistle While you WERK! drag show. It's a fishy tale come true. May the best princess...WIN!

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DJS & DANCE LESSONS

We're fusing retro swing tunes of the ‘20s with modern house, hip-hop and drum ‘n bass beats! It’s the hottest Electro Swing Speakeasy this side of the '40s, complete with drop-in swing dance lessons! So grab a partner and Lindy hop on down— it's time to party like its prohibition...

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GALLERIES & EXHIBITS

Explore the ROM after dark and see the forces of attraction through the lenses of art, nature, and culture. Traverse world-renowned collections, featured exhibitions, and Out of the Vaults! artifacts— including love and romance items from the ROM's Ancient Egypt Collection. 

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tickets.


"First Base"

SEXposium talks + FNL discount
talks, snacks, refreshments + 20% off admission to FNL: Love
$9

 

"Second Base"

SEXposium talks +  'lunch and learn' poster seminar + FNL discount

talks, lunch, refreshments + 20% off admission to FNL: Love
$25

 

Presenter Package

talks, lunch, refreshments + ticket to FNL: Love

Invite provided with abstract acceptance.

$40

GET TICKETS

tickets.


"First Base"

SEXposium talks + FNL discount
talks, snacks, refreshments + 20% off admission to FNL: Love
$9

 

"Second Base"

SEXposium talks +  'lunch and learn' poster seminar + FNL discount

talks, lunch, refreshments + 20% off admission to FNL: Love
$25

 

Presenter Package

talks, lunch, refreshments + ticket to FNL: Love

Invite provided with abstract acceptance.

$40

GET TICKETS

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Giving Sex Ed a whole new meaning. 

PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES

SEXposium is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate researchers to share their findings while furthering science outreach and accessability. The conference will feature student poster & oral presentations in addition to talks from leading experts, giving young scientists a forum to: 

  • Share their ideas with academic and community audiences
  • Network with peers and experts conducting research in and around their discipline
  • Broaden their knowledge and learn about careers in science
  • Explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag, and burlesque as part of FNL: Love.

Student applicants may present their research in poster-format or apply to be considered by the SEXposium Program Committee for a speedtalk. 

Honorariums will be awarded to outstanding oral and poster presentations.

Full presentation specifications and payment instructions will be forwarded after abstract acceptance. 

The extended deadline for abstract submission is Monday May 29, 2017. 

 
 
 
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