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Factors Affecting the Sexual Arousal Value of Pictures

Vera Dunwoody and Kathy Pezdek
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov., 1979), pp. 276-284
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3812388
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

This study examines factors that contribute to the sexual arousal value of pictures of a nude model. One male and one female model were photographed separately in an indoor setting. The following dimensions were factorially manipulated across pictures: male or female model, front or back view, standing or reclining position, semi-nude or nude. Male and female subjects viewed slides of these pictures one at a time and rated the degree of sexual arousal value of each picture. Significant main effects of position, view, and clothing resulted, as well as a significant interaction of sex of subject × sex of model × position × clothing. These results suggest that with so many uncontrolled, extraneous factors in this type of research, studies in which global aspects of erotic stimuli are manipulated should be evaluated with caution. More systematic consideration of the micro-variables that change from picture to picture is advisable to evaluate clearly what factors truly contribute to changes in sexual arousal value of erotic pictures.

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