Film Clip Study
DESCRIPTION:Men and women usually differ in the intensity of their self-reported sexual arousal to sexual film clips, with women reporting lower levels. Also, men and women commonly report different emotional reactions to the presentation of sexual stimuli: Men report more positive and women more negative feelings.
This study explores the possibility that these gender differences could be attributed to the specific stimuli used. Men and women are presented with 20 short film clips depicting heterosexual interactions. Half of the clips were previously selected by women; the other half by men.
INVESTIGATORS:Investigators: Erick Janssen, Ph.D., Cynthia Graham, Ph.D., Deanna Carpenter, B.A.
SEE ALSO:Janssen, E., Graham, C., Carpenter, D., & Bancroft, J. (1999). Selecting sexual film clips for psychophysiological studies: Gender differences in arousal ratings. Poster presented at 25th Conference of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), Stony Brook, New York, June.
Janssen, E., Carpenter, D., & Graham, C. (2002). Selecting films for sex research: Gender differences in erotic film preference. Submitted for publication.
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