Renowned neuroscientist and sex therapist Nan Wise is playing a pivotal role in changing our cultural ideas about sex, through her research on the critical ways that pleasure affects our health and happiness, why we’re experiencing less pleasure now more than ever, and how we can discover our sexual potential.
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Why Good Sex Matters

Opportunities for pleasure are everywhere—from sex to food to exotic escapes—yet we are becoming increasingly more depressed and anxious. Research shows that many people are having less sex, and those who do have a lot, enjoy it less. For more than thirty years, Dr. Nan Wise has worked as a therapist, helping people achieve more satisfying sexual lives. In recent years, her work has shifted to the study of anhedonia—the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable—and why more people than ever suffer from it.

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Sunday February 9th 2020
12:30pm – 5pm ET

Shillelagh Club / Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh-Essex County
648 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052

Book Launch Party

Sunday February 9th 2020
12:30pm – 5pm ET

Shillelagh Club / Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh-Essex County
648 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052

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Dr. Nan is available for publicity and interview queries. Visit her Press page for a list of potential interview topics.

About Dr. Nan

Dr. Nan Wise is a neuroscientist, certified sex therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with three decades of experience. Driven by an intense desire to understand how the brain operates to create moods and behaviors, Dr. Nan returned to academia in 2009 to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where she completed her dissertation project, “Genital Stimulation, Imagery, and Orgasm in Women: an fMRI Analysis” in August of 2014. Her research attempts to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality, and continues to garner international attention.

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How to Have Good Sex, According to a Neuroscientist

Look anywhere in the media or on the streets of any major city (or suburb or small town, for that matter) and we appear to be wholly focused on pleasure. Invitations to enjoy sex, food, sports, spas, exotic vacations, romantic escapes, and game-ified apps abound, all...

How to Use a Vibrator, According to a Neuroscientist

How to use a vibrator is one of the questions I get most often—and most bashfully—in my work as a sex therapist. I began my career as a psychotherapist, becoming a sex therapist and certified relationship expert when I realized that so many of my clients came to me...

Why Good Sex Matters for Older Adults

I started by interviewing Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism about some of the more pernicious myths and misconceptions about our sexuality as we mature. Background: Ashton is an old friend up to new tricks. When I met her 20...

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Healthy hedonism heals!

The importance of pleasure. The more I see clients, the more evident it has become that the inability to experience pleasure--known as anhedonia--lies at the root of anxiety, stress, depression, and sexual problems.  Let's get busy with cultivating healthy...



“Nan Wise offers science-backed guidance for how we can finally discover our sexual potential.”

—Catherine Oxenberg

author of Captive

“Lively, enriching, and eye-opening, Why Good Sex Matters will be the book all of your friends will be talking about.”

—Kayt Sukel

author of This Is Your Brain On Sex and The Art of Risk

“Why Good Sex Matters helps us to get back in touch with the sensational side of life—and life is sensational when we focus on the sensations!”

—Brad Blanton, PhD

author of Radical Honesty

“Essential reading for anyone who is feeling burnt out, joyless, anxious, or depressed to reclaim the pleasure you deserve.”

—Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT

author of She Comes First

“A relatable, no-holds-barred look at what’s wrong with our dating and sexual culture and why we don’t have to settle.”

—Ashton Applewhite

author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

“Read this book if you want to get the most out of your sex life and experience greater pleasure and satisfaction in your life overall.”

—Beverly Whipple, PhD

coauthor of The G Spot and The Science of Orgasm

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