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Using the Dual Control Model to investigate the relationship between mood, physiological and self-reported sexual arousal in men and women

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Title: Using the Dual Control Model to investigate the relationship between mood, physiological and self-reported sexual arousal in men and women
Author: Hodgson, Blair
Department: Department of History
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Kukkonen, Tuuli
Abstract: Recent findings suggest that there is considerable inter-individual variability in how mood affects sexual arousal. The current research proposes that the Dual Control Model may be important to explaining this variation. Thirty-three participants (18 male and 15 female) aged 18 to 45, attended three laboratory sessions where they completed questionnaires assessing pre-existing mood and propensity for sexual excitation and inhibition, then watched a series of neutral and erotic films. Participants continuously indicated their subjective sexual arousal during each film, while genital temperature was measured using thermographic imaging. The results indicated that mood interacted with the elements of the Dual Control Model to significantly predict both genital and subjective sexual arousal. The interactions between mood and sexual excitation and inhibition tended to better predict genital arousal for female participants and subjective sexual arousal for male participants. The results suggest that Dual Control Model is an important factor in understanding how mood affects sexual arousal.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7295
Date: 2013-06
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