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The Impact of Sexual Arousal on Sexual Risk-Taking and Decision-Making in Men and Women

Overview of attention for article published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, August 2015
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Title
The Impact of Sexual Arousal on Sexual Risk-Taking and Decision-Making in Men and Women
Published in
Archives of Sexual Behavior, August 2015
DOI 10.1007/s10508-015-0589-y
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Authors

Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Kenneth M. Cramer, Paul A. Shuper

Abstract

Sexual arousal has emerged as an important contextual feature in sexual encounters that can impact safer-sex decision-making. We conducted two experiments that investigated the effects of sexual arousal among male and female participants. Experiment 1 (N = 144) examined the impact of sexual around on sexual health decision-making. Sexually explicit and neutral video clips as well as hypothetical romantic scenarios were used to evaluate the effects of sexual arousal on sexual risk-taking intentions. Men and women who reported higher levels of sexual arousal also displayed greater intentions to participate in risky sexual behavior (e.g., unprotected sex with a new sex partner). Experiment 2 (N = 122) examined the impact of sexual arousal on general risk-taking, using the same videos clips as in Experiment 1 and a modified version of a computerized Blackjack card game. Participants were offered a chance to make either a risky play or a safe play during ambiguous conditions. Increased sexual arousal in Experiment 2 was associated with impulsivity and a greater willingness to make risky plays in the Blackjack game. These findings suggest that, in situations where there are strong sexually visceral cues, both men and women experiencing strong sexual arousal may have lower inhibitions and may experience impaired decision-making. This phenomenon may have an impact during sexual encounters and may contribute to a failure to use appropriate prophylactic protection.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 3%
Italy 1 1%
France 1 1%
Luxembourg 1 1%
Unknown 73 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 23%
Student > Master 15 19%
Unspecified 10 13%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Other 8 10%
Other 17 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 34 44%
Unspecified 13 17%
Social Sciences 8 10%
Neuroscience 6 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 4%
Other 14 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 70. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 November 2018.
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#235,496
of 13,331,130 outputs
Outputs from Archives of Sexual Behavior
#160
of 2,470 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#5,786
of 238,519 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Archives of Sexual Behavior
#3
of 48 outputs
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