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Habituation of male sexual arousal: effects of attentional focus

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2001, 00:00 authored by Eric KoukounasEric Koukounas, R Over
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.


History

Journal

Biological psychology

Volume

58

Issue

1

Pagination

49 - 64

Publisher

Elsevier Science BV

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0301-0511

eISSN

1873-6246

Language

eng

Notes

Available online 20 July 2001

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001 Elsevier Science B.V.