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Male sexual arousal elicited by film and fantasy matched in content

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posted on 1997-04-01, 00:00 authored by Eric KoukounasEric Koukounas, R Over
Penile tumescence and subjective sexual arousal were measured while 36 men viewed an erotic film segment and soon afterwards reproduced imaginally the sexual events that had been depicted in the film. Film elicited higher levels of physiological and subjective sexual arousal than was found for fantasy involving similar sexual content. Levels of sexual arousal during film and fantasy were more closely associated with the extent the subjects had felt absorbed during erotic stimulation than with imagery scores on the Betts Questionnaire Upon Mental Imagery, the Tellegen Absorption Scale, and the Imaginal Processes Inventory. The subjects reported being more absorbed while watching the film than during imaginal representation of the film content, and film remained more sexually arousing than fantasy even when allowance was made for differences in level of absorption between the two modalities. Further directions for studying the basis for differences in sexual arousal between film and fantasy are outlined.

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Journal

Australian journal of psychology

Volume

49

Pagination

1-5

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0004-9530

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1997, Australian Psychological Society

Issue

1

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

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