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Arch Sex Behav. 2011 Aug;40(4):767-73. doi: 10.1007/s10508-011-9756-y. Epub 2011 Apr 5.

Effects of menstrual cycle phase on ratings of implicitly erotic art.

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Department of Psychology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA 18104, USA. rudski@muhlenberg.edu

Abstract

Women's perceptions of and responses to explicitly erotic stimuli have been shown to vary across the menstrual cycle. The present study examined responses to implicit eroticism. A total of 83 women provided reactions to paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe in 6 day intervals over the course of 1 month. Among freely cycling women (n = 37), 31% of their descriptions included sexual themes during the first half of their cycle, dropping to 9% of descriptions in the second half. In women using oral contraceptives (n = 46), there was no significant difference in descriptions across the cycle (13% in the first half vs. 17% in the second half). Results were discussed in terms of evolutionary psychology and social-cognitive perspectives on the relationships between hormonal fluctuations and sexuality.

PMID:
21465268
DOI:
10.1007/s10508-011-9756-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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