We thank Harrie Vorst for his methodological advice and two anonymous reviewers for their useful suggestions on an earlier version of this manuscript.
Assessment of female sexual arousal: Response specificity and construct validity
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 32, Issue 5, pages 476–485, September 1995
How to Cite
LAAN, E., EVERAERD, W. and EVERS, A. (1995), Assessment of female sexual arousal: Response specificity and construct validity. Psychophysiology, 32: 476–485. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1995.tb02099.x
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- (Received January 31, 1994; Accepted November 23, 1994)
- Female sexual arousal;
- Response specificity;
- Vaginal photoplethysmography;
- Electrodermal activity;
- Heart rate
Specificity of vaginal pulse amplitude and vaginal blood volume in reaction to visual sexual stimuli was investigated by comparing responses to sexual, anxiety-inducing, sexually threatening, and neutral film excerpts. Subjective sexual arousal, body sensations, emotional experience, skin conductance, and heart rate were monitored along with the genital measures. Self-report data confirmed the generation of affective states as intended. Results demonstrated response specificity of vaginal vasocongestion to sexual stimuli. In terms of both convergent and divergent validity, vaginal pulse amplitude was the superior genital measure. Skin conductance discriminated among stimuli only to a small degree, whereas heart rate failed to discriminate among stimuli altogether.