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Keywords:

  • Female sexuality;
  • Physiological sexual arousal;
  • Subjective sexual arousal;
  • Vaginal pulse amplitude;
  • Photoplethysmography

Abstract

Previous literature presents discordant results on the relationship between physiological and subjective sexual arousal in women. In this study, the use of hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) revealed a significant concordance between continuous measures of physiological and subjective sexual arousal as assessed during exposure to erotic stimuli in a laboratory setting. We propose that past studies that have found little or no association between the two measures may have been in part limited by the methodology and statistical analyses employed.