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dc.contributor.supervisor Lalumière, Martin L.
dc.contributor.author Dawson, Samantha J
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-30T20:53:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-30T20:53:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3258
dc.description xii, 93 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Studies investigating the sexual responses of men and women in the laboratory reveal reliable sex differences. Men’s genital and subjective sexual responses exhibit a high degree of concordance and are category-specific (i.e., are dependent on the types of sexual cues presented). In comparison, women’s genital and subjective responses exhibit lower concordance and their genital responses are much less category-specific. One functional explanation for these sex differences is the preparation hypothesis of women’s genital responses: Women’s genital responses occur automatically in the presence of any sexual cue to protect the reproductive tract from injuries that may result from sexual activity. If this hypothesis is correct, then there should be a sex difference in patterns of habituation of genital responses. Specifically, women’s genital responses should be more resistant to habituation than men’s because the costs of not producing a genital response to sexual cues are inherently higher for women than for men. The results of two studies of 38 men and 38 women suggest, however, that repeated exposure to sexual stimuli leads to similar degrees of habituation of genital responses in men and women. Of note, attention appeared to influence the pattern of genital responses in both studies and higher attention did not preclude habituation. Implications for the preparation hypothesis, models of sexual arousal, and directions for future research are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, c2012 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Sex differences en_US
dc.subject Sex (Biology) en_US
dc.subject Sexual excitement en_US
dc.subject Men -- Sexual behavior en_US
dc.subject Women -- Sexual behavior en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The habituation of sexual responses in men and women en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.level Masters


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