Haptic perception in sexuality

  • Kurt Seikowski
  • Sabine Gollek


The connections between haptic perception and sexuality arise initially from the actual realisation organ of this form of perception — the skin. The skin itself, however, fulfils various functions, which are related more or less to differing aspects of haptic perception. This is illustrated by two different approaches to skin function which have a number of similarities (Tab. 1).


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Selected readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Seikowski
    • 1
  • Sabine Gollek
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Training Centre of the European Academy of AndrologyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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