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Habituation of male sexual arousal: effects of attentional focus

Koukounas, Eric and Over, Ray 2001, Habituation of male sexual arousal: effects of attentional focus, Biological psychology, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 49-64, doi: 10.1016/S0301-0511(01)00096-5.

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Title Habituation of male sexual arousal: effects of attentional focus
Author(s) Koukounas, Eric
Over, Ray
Journal name Biological psychology
Volume number 58
Issue number 1
Start page 49
End page 64
Publisher Elsevier Science BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2001-09-01
ISSN 0301-0511
1873-6246
Keyword(s) habituation
sexual arousal
absorption
attention
Summary Three experiments are reported demonstrating that levels of penile tumescence and subjective sexual arousal are greater when men employ participant-oriented rather than spectator-oriented attentional focus while viewing an erotic film segment. Under each instructional set, there was a reduction in sexual arousal during repeated erotic stimulation. As sexual arousal habituated, the men reported feeling less absorbed during erotic stimulation. When these associated changes in attentional focus (absorption) were partialled out through analysis of covariance, sexual arousal remained relatively stable over trials, suggesting that sexual arousal is less likely to habituate if attentional focus remains constant during repeated erotic stimulation. Further directions for studying associations between habituation of sexual arousal and cognitive processing are discussed.


Notes Available online 20 July 2001
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0301-0511(01)00096-5
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001140

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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