Patrick K. Randall is now at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The relationship between women's subjective and physiological sexual arousal
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2005
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 116–124, January 2005
How to Cite
Rellini, A. H., McCall, K. M., Randall, P. K. and Meston, C. M. (2005), The relationship between women's subjective and physiological sexual arousal. Psychophysiology, 42: 116–124. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2005.00259.x
This publication was made possible by Grant Number 5 RO1 AT00224-02 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Cindy Meston. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2005
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2005
- (Received December 23, 2003; Accepted August 24, 2004)
- Female sexuality;
- Physiological sexual arousal;
- Subjective sexual arousal;
- Vaginal pulse amplitude;
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.