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Sexual arousal: the correspondence of eyes and genitals.

Rieger, Gerulf and Cash, Brian M and Merrill, Sarah M and Jones-Rounds, James and Dharmavaram, Sanjay Muralidharan and Savin-Williams, Ritch C (2015) 'Sexual arousal: the correspondence of eyes and genitals.' Biological Psychology, 104. pp. 56-64. ISSN 0301-0511

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Men's, more than women's, sexual responses may include a coordination of several physiological indices in order to build their sexual arousal to relevant targets. Here, for the first time, genital arousal and pupil dilation to sexual stimuli were simultaneously assessed. These measures corresponded more strongly with each other, subjective sexual arousal, and self-reported sexual orientation in men than women. Bisexual arousal is more prevalent in women than men. We therefore predicted that if bisexual-identified men show bisexual arousal, the correspondence of their arousal indices would be more female-typical, thus weaker, than for other men. Homosexual women show more male-typical arousal than other women; hence, their correspondence of arousal indices should be stronger than for other women. Findings, albeit weak in effect, supported these predictions. Thus, if sex-specific patterns are reversed within one sex, they might affect more than one aspect of sexual arousal. Because pupillary responses reflected sexual orientation similar to genital responses, they offer a less invasive alternative for the measurement of sexual arousal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pupil; Humans; Sexual Behavior; Bisexuality; Homosexuality; Emotions; Libido; Adult; Female; Male; Young Adult; Self Report
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 16:30
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:15

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