Position Head of the Section Anatomy and Medical Physiology
Research fields Positive affect (sexual behavior), motivational processes in biomedical education, development of education technology
  • Research Profile
  • Selected Publications
  • Janniko Georgiadis has a PhD in the field of system neuroscience. The underlying theme of his research is to gain a better understanding of positive feelings (fun, flow) in social situations. The research of Dr. Georgiadis focuses on the neuro biology of the Human Sexual response (a primary form of positive feeling and motivation), and also on the role of positive feelings in academic education. He applies principles of research into positive emotions to develop and improve applications in biomedical academic education. In his research Dr. Georgiadis uses various research methods, such as fMRI, peripheral physiological measurements, questionnaires and psychological tests.

    Together with a virtual reality company, he works on digital education innovations, in which, based on scientific results, gamification (game-psychological) elements are used to make the educational innovations appeal as much as possible on positive feelings.

    In addition, Dr. Georgiadis, as head of the Groninger body donation program, facilitates clinical anatomical research for third parties by making donated bodies available and providing specific anatomical expertise.


    • All Publications: mepa page or  pdf Selected Publications:
      1. Kortekaas R, Nanetti L, Overgoor M, De Jong BM, Georgiadis JR. (2015). Central somatosensory networks respond to a de novo innervated penis in spina bifida: a pilot study of three cases. Journal of Sexual Medicine
      2. Borg C, de Jong PJ, Georgiadis JR. (2014) Subcortical BOLD responses during visual sexual stimulation vary as a function of implicit porn associations in women. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
      3. Borg C, Georgiadis JR, Weijmar Schultz WW, Spoelstra K, Renken RJ, de Jong PJ. (2014) Brain activity during sexual penetration versus disgust stimuli in women with genito-pelvic pain disorder. PLoS ONE
      4. Georgiadis JR, Kringelbach ML, Pfaus JG. (2012) Sex for fun: a synthesis of human and animal neurobiology. Nature Reviews Urology
      5. Georgiadis JR & Kringelbach ML. (2012) The human sexual response cycle: neuroimaging evidence linking sex to other pleasures. Progress in Neurobiology
      6. Georgiadis JR, Farrell MJ, Boessen R, Denton DA, Gavrilescu M, Kortekaas R, Renken RJ, Hoogduin JM, Egan GF. (2010) Dynamic subcortical blood flow during male sexual activity with ecological validity: a perfusion fMRI study. Neuroimage
      7. Georgiadis JR, Reinders AA, Paans AM, Renken RJ, Kortekaas R. (2009) Men versus women on sexual brain function: prominent differences during tactile genital stimulation, but not during orgasm. Human Brain Mapping
      8. Van Netten JJ, Georgiadis JR, Nieuwenburg A, Kortekaas R. (2008)   8-13 Hz fluctuations in rectal pressure are an objective marker of orgasm in women. Archives of Sexual Behavior
      9. Georgiadis JR, Kortekaas R, Kuipers R, Nieuwenburg A, Pruim J, Reinders AA, Holstege G. (2006) Regional cerebral blood flow changes associated with clitorally-induced orgasm in women. European Journal of Neuroscience
      10. Holstege G, Georgiadis JR, Paans AM, Meiners LC, van der Graaf FH, Reinders AA. (2003) Brain activation during human male ejaculation. The Journal of Neuroscience,
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