Sexual content induced delay : a re-examination investigating relation to sexual desire

Conaglen, Helen M. 2004, Sexual content induced delay : a re-examination investigating relation to sexual desire, Archives of sexual behavior, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 359-367, doi: 10.1023/B:ASEB.0000028889.63425.fb.

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Title Sexual content induced delay : a re-examination investigating relation to sexual desire
Author(s) Conaglen, Helen M.
Journal name Archives of sexual behavior
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 359
End page 367
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Delft, Netherlands
Publication date 2004-08
ISSN 0004-0002
Keyword(s) sex
lexical decisions
information processing
Summary This article reports the utility of an information processing approach to examine whether there is a relationship between sexual content induced delay and levels of sexual desire as determined by self-report questionnaires. We tested this idea using a partial replication of the J. H. Geer and H. S. Bellard (1996) protocol demonstrating sexual content induced delay (SCID) in responding to sexual versus neutral words. In addition, the experiment examined whether SCID was different in people with varying levels of sexual desire. It was hypothesized that persons with low levels of sexual desire might respond more slowly to sexual word cues than others. Words with equal frequency of usage and similar word length were chosen from among those used in the Geer and Bellard study. The experiment was conducted with 171 volunteers who completed sexual desire questionnaires, lexical decision making tasks, and word ratings. The SCID effect was demonstrated by both men and women in the study with no significant variation between the sexes. In accordance with prediction, it was found that persons with lower levels of sexual desire responded more slowly to sexual stimuli than other participants, and rated sexual words as less familiar, less acceptable, and less positive emotionally to them. These findings have implications for understanding how emotional content contributes to SCID. They also suggest that further exploration of these ideas, perhaps using other stimulus modalities, may be helpful in advancing understanding of responses to sexual cues, and the potential implications that may have in better understanding sexual desire.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/B:ASEB.0000028889.63425.fb
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Plenum Publishing Corporation
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