The relationship between women's subjective and physiological sexual arousal

Authors


  • Patrick K. Randall is now at the Medical University of South Carolina.

  • 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.

Address reprint requests to: Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Department of Psychology, One University Station A8000, Austin, TX 78712, USA. E-mail: meston@psy.utexas.edu.

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.

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