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Behav Processes. 2008 Sep;79(1):36-42. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2008.04.009. Epub 2008 May 3.

Probability and delay discounting of erotic stimuli.

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Idaho State University, Department of Psychology, Pocatello, ID 83209-8112, USA. <>


Adult undergraduate men (n=38) and women (n=33) were categorized as erotica "users" (n=34) and "non-users" (n=37) based on their responses to screening questions and completed computerized delay and probability discounting tasks concerning hypothetical money and erotica. Erotica users discounted the value of erotica similarly to money on three of the four erotica tasks; erotica non-users discounted the value of money consistent with erotica users, but not the value of erotica. Erotica users were disproportionately male, scored higher on several psychometric measures of sexuality-related constructs, and exhibited more impulsive choice patterns on the delay discounting for money task than erotica non-users did. These findings suggest that discounting processes generalize to erotic outcomes for some individuals.

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