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Male bisexual arousal: A matter of curiosity?

Rieger, Gerulf and Rosenthal, Allen M and Cash, Brian M and Linsenmeier, Joan AW and Bailey, J Michael and Savin-Williams, Ritch C (2013) 'Male bisexual arousal: A matter of curiosity?' Biological Psychology, 94 (3). 479 - 489. ISSN 0301-0511

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Abstract

Conflicting evidence exists regarding whether bisexual-identified men are sexually aroused to both men and women. We hypothesized that a distinct characteristic, level of curiosity about sexually diverse acts, distinguishes bisexual-identified men with and without bisexual arousal. Study 1 assessed men's (n = 277) sexual arousal via pupil dilation to male and female sexual stimuli. Bisexual men were, on average, higher in their sexual curiosity than other men. Despite this general difference, only bisexual-identified men with elevated sexual curiosity showed bisexual arousal. Those lower in curiosity had responses resembling those of homosexual men. Study 2 assessed men's (n = 72) sexual arousal via genital responses and replicated findings of Study 1. Study 3 provided information on the validity on our measure of sexual curiosity by relating it to general curiosity and sexual sensation seeking (n = 83). Based on their sexual arousal and personality, at least two groups of men identify as bisexual.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual orientation, Personality, Bisexuality, Pupil dilation, Genital arousal
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 16:47
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8229

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