The authors would like to thank numerous undergraduate research assistants at Idaho State University who assisted in the collection of these data.
Frontal alpha asymmetry and sexually motivated states
Version of Record online: 27 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 51, Issue 3, pages 226–235, March 2014
How to Cite
Prause, N., Staley, C. and Roberts, V. (2014), Frontal alpha asymmetry and sexually motivated states. Psychophysiology, 51: 226–235. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12173
- Issue online: 17 FEB 2014
- Version of Record online: 27 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 25 MAR 2013
- Sexual desire;
- Individual differences;
- Gender difference
Anterior alpha asymmetry of electroencephalographic (EEG) signals has been suggested to index state approach (or avoidance) motivation. This model has not yet been extended to high approach-motivation sexual stimuli, which may represent an important model of reward system function. Sixty-five participants viewed a neutral and a sexually motivating film while their EEG was recorded, and reported their sexual feelings after each film. Greater alpha power in the left hemisphere during sexually motivated states was evident. A positive relationship between self-reported mental sexual arousal and alpha asymmetry was identified, where coherence between these indicators was higher in women. Notably, coherence was stronger when mental versus physical sexual arousal was rated. Alpha asymmetry appears to offer a new method for further examining this novel coherence pattern across men and women.