Rui M. Costa’s research interests focus on psychological and psychophysiological factors in sexual desire, sexual arousal and sexual behaviors especially on the roles played by testosterone, heart rate variability, tactile sensitivity, interoception, emotional awareness, defense mechanisms, attachment style, sleep quality, spirituality, absorption, hypnotic susceptibility, dissociation, personality, alcohol consumption, nicotine consumption and problematic internet use. He is also interested in the effects of autogenic training on sexual function, mental health, absorption, hypnotic susceptibility and body awareness.
Main 5 publications
Costa, R. M., Oliveira, G., Pestana, J., Costa, D., & Oliveira, R. F. (2018). Do psychosocial factors moderate the relation between testosterone and female sexual desire? The role of interoception, alexithymia, defense mechanisms, and relationship status. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 5, 13-30. doi: 10.1007/s40750-018-0102-7
Costa, R. M., Pestana, J., & Costa, D. (2018). Self-transcendence, sexual desire, and sexual frequency. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44, 56-60. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2017.1314397
Costa, R. M., Costa, D., & Pestana, J. (2017). Subjective sleep quality, unstimulated sexual arousal, and sexual frequency. Sleep Science, 10, 147-153. doi:10.5935/1984-0063.20170026
Costa, R. M., Pestana, J., Costa, D., & Wittmann, M. (2017). Finger pressure sensitivity at rest and recalled body awareness during partnered sexual activity. International Journal of Impotence Research, 29, 157-159. doi:10.1038/ijir.2017.13
Costa, R. M., Pestana, J., Costa, D., & Wittmann, M. (2016). Altered states of consciousness are related to higher sexual responsiveness. Consciousness and Cognition, 42, 135-141. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.03.013