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The Erogenous Mirror: Intersubjective and Multisensory Maps of Sexual Arousal in Men and Women

Maister, L; Fotopoulou, A; Turnbull, O; Tsakiris, M; (2020) The Erogenous Mirror: Intersubjective and Multisensory Maps of Sexual Arousal in Men and Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior 10.1007/s10508-020-01756-1. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Erogenous zones of the body are sexually arousing when touched. Previous investigations of erogenous zones were restricted to the effects of touch on one's own body. However, sexual interactions do not just involve being touched, but also involve touching a partner and mutually looking at each other's bodies. We take a novel interpersonal approach to characterize the self-reported intensity and distribution of erogenous zones in two modalities: touch and vision. A large internet sample of 613 participants (407 women) completed a questionnaire, where they rated intensity of sexual arousal related to different body parts, both on one's own body and on an imagined partner's body in response to being touched but also being looked at. We report the presence of a multimodal erogenous mirror between sexual partners, as we observed clear correspondences in topographic distributions of self-reported arousal between individuals' own bodies and their preferences for a partner's body, as well as between those elicited by imagined touch and vision. The erogenous body is therefore organized and represented in an interpersonal and multisensory way.

Type: Article
Title: The Erogenous Mirror: Intersubjective and Multisensory Maps of Sexual Arousal in Men and Women
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10508-020-01756-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01756-1
Language: English
Additional information: Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Erogenous zone, Gender, Multisensory, Sexual arousal, Touch, Vision
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105179
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