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Sex Differences in Sexual Arousal and Finger Length Ratio.

Holmes, Luke and Watts-Overall, Tuesday M and Slettevold, Erlend and Gruia, Dragos C and Rieger, Gerulf (2021) 'Sex Differences in Sexual Arousal and Finger Length Ratio.' Journal of Sex Research. ISSN 0022-4499

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Abstract

Most men show sexual arousal to one, preferred sex, whereas most women respond to both sexes, regardless of their sexual orientation. A different research program indicates that men have lower second-to-fourth finger length ratios (2D:4D) than women, possibly because men are exposed to higher levels of androgens during prenatal development. We hypothesized that sex differences in sexual arousal patterns are influenced by prenatal androgen exposure and would thus be explained by sex differences in 2D:4D. We measured the sexual response patterns of 139 men and 179 women via genital arousal and pupil dilation to erotic videos, in addition to their 2D:4D. Compared to women, men showed stronger responses to one sex over the other, although this pattern was clearer in genital arousal than pupil dilation. Men also had lower 2D:4D than women. However, there was no evidence that sex differences in sexual arousal related to sex differences in 2D:4D. Thus, whichever factor explains sex differences in sexual arousal patterns may not be reflected in 2D:4D.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2021 18:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30069

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