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Arch Sex Behav. 1997 Dec;26(6):607-24.

The effects of anxiety and distraction on sexual arousal in a nonclinical sample of heterosexual women.

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Department of Psychology, Emory & Henry College, Virginia 24327-0947, USA.

Abstract

The effects of anxiety and distraction on sexual arousal in a nonclinical sample of heterosexual women between the ages of 19 and 35 were studied. Using a dichotic listening paradigm, the study extended Geer and Fuhr's (1976) research by examining the effects of distraction on sexual arousal in women. Results indicated that both vaginal pulse amplitude and subjective measures of sexual arousal vary as a function of distraction level, with increased distraction leading to decreased arousal. However, the data failed to support Masters and Johnson's (1970) assertion that anxiety decreases sexual arousal. Although no significant effect for anxiety emerged using a physiological measure of sexual arousal, a significant Anxiety x Distraction interaction was observed using a subjective measure of sexual arousal. Several competing interpretations of this interaction are discussed.

PMID:
9415797
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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