Meet Your Colleagues: Annamaria Giraldi
Gender and Mood May Affect Recall of Sexual Activity
In our new Member Profile, the ISSM is pleased to introduce you to Dr. Annamaria Giraldi of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Giraldi currently works as a full-time consultant at the Clinic of Sexology in that city.
Dr. Giraldi earned her MD and PhD at the University of Copenhagen and became certified as a sexual counselor in 2007. She is trained as a cognitive therapist and a group therapist.
"In my daily clinical practice, I work on sexual dysfunction in men and women as well as with transsexuals who want to undergo gender reassignment and sexual offenders." she wrote.
Dr. Giraldi has been an ISSM member since 1988 and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine ever since it was established.
"I have never regretted choosing sexual medicine," she wrote. "It is important for the patient's life and you can integrate so many aspects in your daily clinical practice - every day brings new, interesting cases and you never get bored."
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People's gender and mood can influence what they remember about sexual activity from the past 30 days, American researchers note.
Their study, published online in June in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved 101 men and 101 women. About two-thirds of the participants were age 40 or younger. All had regular sexual partners.
The participants were asked to submit daily records of their sexual activity for 30 days. At the end of this period, they completed one assessment that reflected on the entire 30 days. Their mood was also evaluated at that time.
The researchers compared the 30-day recall with the daily reports.
While many participants could recall their activities fairly accurately, their gender and mood appeared to influence some of their responses.
For example, the men overestimated the frequency of their sexual interest more than the women did. The researchers explained that because men are typically thought to be highly interested in sex, men might have responded based on what they thought their experience should have been.
The researchers also suggested that mood affected recall. Participants in a good mood might have selectively remembered more pleasurable experiences. Or, their good mood may have prompted them to remember events to be more positive than they really were.
For more details on this study, please click here.