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The Neurobiology of Intimacy

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The neuroscience of sexuality.
An English course will open  on Jan-8th-2024

lecturer: Dr. Amos Gdalyahu

Five meeting of at least 2 academic hours each.
The course is live and recorded in Hebrew. 
From: Oct11th- 20:00 weekly

A mandatory course for caregivers 
and suitable for anyone interested in the brain and sexuality.
The course does not require prior knowledge.

"Where else can I hear a neuroscientist,

Who actually sits down and explains to me how things work?

This is knowledge that is not available anywhere else"

Oren Rehany

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"I received much more value than I expected, an in-depth answer to every question

And knowledge that every person needs to understand himself"

Ruth Ron

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"There are many guides in the field of sexuality,

that talk about what happens in the brain.

Only after this course, I realized that none of them really have a clue"

Eyal Shemesh

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about the lecturer

Dr. Amos GedalhiuGraduated with honors in life sciences at the Technion and continued research at the Weizmann Institute on the relationship between the immune system and the nervous system. He then went on to a doctorate at the Weizmann Institute on brain development. After finishing his doctorate, he went to UCLA for a post-doctorate where he studied learning  and autism. When he returned to Israel, he joined to research on blood flow in the demented brain at Tel Aviv University. latter, Dr. Gdalyahu developed an interest in sexuality, and today he teaches an online course in the neuroscience of sexuality "The Neurobiology of Intimacy"  and writes a blog on the subject. In addition, Dr. Gdalyahu teaches Biosexology in the training program for sexual therapists at Sheba medical center. He also teaches at  course 'human sexuality' in The faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, and at the course of the European  Society for Sexual medicine, ESSM. Lastly, Dr. Gdalyahu also teaches a course in basic Neurobiology at Tel-Hai College. Dr. Gdalyahu's research was published in the most prestigious newspapers and was widely cited.

Some of the published studies:

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 about the course

The course brings for the first time in Israel, reliable, up-to-date, multidisciplinary and rare knowledge about the sexual operating system.

The course deals with sexual behavior in the broadest sense: relationship, pleasure, heartache, sexual function, attachment, addictions, desire, motivation, happiness, orgasm, synchronization, sexual orientation, touch and more.
The course is rich in scientific knowledge at a high level and is explained at eye level.

All the knowledge presented in the course is a unique and exclusive synthesis, done by me, Dr. Amos Gdalyahu.
To the best of my knowledge, I am the only one who conducts such a course in Israel and in the world. I was chosen to teach in the sexual therapy program of Sheba Hospital and my lecture opened the conference of the Israeli Society for Sexual Therapy.

The lectures include clear and detailed explanations accompanied by presentations

No prior knowledge is required 

 5 double lectures

At least two hours each

Participants tell...

Limor Bandel

Eyal Shemesh

Oren Rehany

What questions can you get answered in the course?

Does passion harm pleasure?

Why does  a broken Heart hurts so much and can science help?

Is there a genetic test for a tendency to (a)monogamy?

What happens in the brain during orgasm?

How to increase  sexual desire?

What's going on in the brain in various stages of Relationships?

How does watching porn influence the brain?

Sexual functioning.. pleasure, drugs, pain, orientation, synchrony, trust, attachemnt....

And dozens more questions...

Why should you register?

To better understand our patients, ourselves, and our partners.

To gain insights into life

And to get new knowledge on a subject that interests everyone.

Participating in the course does not guarantee a change in your sex life, relationships, or any other aspect of life.

However, knowledge is power and the knowledge provided in the course will definitely be able to help you in many areas of life.

Syllabus

  • Sex Relationships and Happiness
    Lecture 1 During sex most people experience high pleasure, does it mean that more sex would make you happier? I will talk about the human ability to let the imagination run wild beyond the here and now, an ability that comes at an emotional cost: sadness. Therefore, flow states in which we are completely immersed in something without thinking about anything else increase happiness. Should we aim for never-ending present? In this meeting I will explain the complex connection between sex, relations, and happiness. I will also present the concept of 'attachment theory', a central psychological theory that will accompany us throughout the course. I will begin to talk about the underlying biology of attachment which will be the subject of the next lecture. As this is the first lecture, I will also introduce myself. I hope that this lecture will help you avoid common mistakes if you aim for more happiness. Let's start!
  • The Pair-Bond. It's all in the brain's biology
    Lecture 2 Human beings are built for relationships, and this is a rare characteristic in the animal kingdom. Only about 5% of mammals create long-term bonds. How does this happen? In this lecture, I will talk about monogamy, a broken heart, and oxytocin. Does sex create a bond or does the bond create sex? How does nature keep us in long-term relationships? Is there a gene for empathy or a gene for romantic attachment? How do researchers study these things? Among other things, the lecture will help you to avoid staying in toxic relationships. Additionally, I will talk about the impact of trauma and genetics on the ability to form relationships, trust, and cooperation, as well as autism and synchronization. In the past 20 years, there has been tremendous development in understanding the brain basis of relationships, but unfortunately, it is often accompanied by many myths. Therefore, in the lecture, I will explain the current and supervised view in the study of the brain and relationships. All you need is love.
  • The Brain That Wants You
    Lecture 3 What is love? Love is a mystery that has occupied writers, poets, and philosophers throughout history. What do brain researchers say? In this lecture, I will talk about the motivation system, about the neural pathway of desire, about wanting too much, such as during addiction to pornography, how to harness our motivation towards our goals instead of the other way around. I'll explain why the understanding of the motivation system is important for long-term relationships and will dispell common myths. In general, we are wired to want more than to enjoy, but the permission to enjoy is given. Romantic love, though, has a unique characteristic: the desire to have sex with the partner. What is the neural basis of desire? Can we cause an eruption of desire with the press of a button? This could be advantageous for many as problems with desire are the most common sexual issue among women. Indeed, understanding the neural basis of desire has been translated into treatment. I will explain what medications are available today and what the current research directions are. I will talk about 'go' and 'no-go' in the sexual motivation system and about personalized medicine. Moreover, this knowledge is used to treat premature ejaculation. I will also touch sexual orientation, conversion therapy and male sexual behavior in females. Wow!
  • The Nervous System Makes Love
    Lecture 4 After understanding how the brain creates desire, in this lecture I will explain the physiology of sexual behavior and how the brain oversees the act of love. I will explain how the brain communicates with the sexual organs, dispel common myths, discuss treatments for impotence, and explain the physiology of female arousal (lubrication), and squirting as well as male erection and ejaculation. I will talk about the role of the clitoris vs the vagina in orgasm, about men's multi-orgasm, and orgasms in spinal cord injury patients. I will also explain in depth the organization of the nervous system with a special emphasis on the autonomic nervous system. This will explain how arousal occurs in rape (!) and is also related to several theories on emotions. Do you like it deep?
  • Enjoying Sex
    Lecture 5 The lecture will focus on pleasant up to orgasmic sensations: how the brain understands touch and especially pleasant and even erotic human touch, and how the brain connects touch and emotion. I will also touch on (..) the importance of touch and about communication through touch. I will discuss substances that activate pleasure neural networks and the connection between pain and pleasure. How does feeling safe change the perception from unpleasant to pleasant. I will explain the surprising results regarding what actually makes sex enjoyable for males and females and of course, the orgasm: I will discuss types of orgasm, spontaneous orgasm, and orgasm in the brain. How is the orgasmic experience created by the brain? Finally, what does it take to make sex unforgettably great? So we end the course touching pleasure. It has been my pleasure to spread the knowledge, I hope you will/did enjoy the course. Thank you for participating!

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