The effect of emotional arousal on subsequent sexual arousal in men

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Abstract

The effect of emotional arousal on subsequent sexual arousal was assessed in 14 18-34 yr old men. Ss initially viewed either 1 of 2 emotionally arousing videotapes (depression-and-anger or anxiety-and-anger producing) or a neutral videotape (a travelogue), each of which was followed by an erotic videotape. Sexual arousal was measured physiologically with a penile strain gauge. Although there were no differences in the level of sexual arousal during the antecedent emotionally arousing or neutral videotapes, sexual arousal during the subsequent erotic videotapes was differentially affected by them. Sexual arousal following the anxiety-and-anger videotape was greater than that following either the depression-and-anger videotape or the travelogue. Prior exposure to the travelogue resulted in greater sexual arousal than did the videotape producing depression and anger. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume89
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1980

Keywords

  • emotional arousal, subsequent sexual arousal, 18-34 yr old males

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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