The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance and advice of Al Jusko, Bob Edelberg, Richard Surwit, and Harvey Cohen in the preparation of this manuscript.
The Measurement of Human Penile Tumescence
Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 366–376, July 1978
How to Cite
Rosen, R. C. and Keefe, F. J. (1978), The Measurement of Human Penile Tumescence. Psychophysiology, 15: 366–376. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1978.tb01393.x
- Issue online: 30 JAN 2007
- Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2007
- (Manuscript received October 26, 1976; revisions received September 1, 1977, and November 4, 1977; accepted for publication November 13, 1977)
- Penile tumescence measurement;
- Sexual arousal
The techniques of penile measurement have been developed in numerous laboratories in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Most researchers now use either circumference or volumetric devices, depending on the research rationale. Thermistors have not been adequately evaluated. This paper reviews the important measurement issues associated with each device, as well as relevant construction information. Examples of applied research are provided. With respect to overall efficacy of the transducers, we recommend volumetric procedures where precision of measurement is of critical importance. However, for efficiency and ease of use the circumference devices, particularly the mercury-in-rubber gauge, appear optimal. Penile tumescence measurement is of fundamental importance in determining basic parameters of the psychophysiological process of human sexual arousal.