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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). pp. 479-489. ISSN 0301-0511

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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
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 16:47
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:31

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