Accession Number : ADA434799


Title :   The Effect of False Physiological Feedback on Sexual Arousal in Sexually Functional and Dysfunctional Men


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD DEPT OF MEDICAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Sbrocco, Tracy


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a434799.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 257


Abstract : In the present study, a false feedback paradigm was used to manipulate the experience of seventy-six men to produce a discrepancy between actual and expected sexual performance. Thirty-nine men were diagnosed with male erectile disorder due to psychogenic factors, while the other thirty-seven were sexually functional. Experimental participants were provided with inflated feedback concerning the size of their erections while they viewed an erotic videotape. By examining changes in expectations of sexual performance, confidence, and tumescence over time, the impact of false feedback on sexual function was experimentally evaluated. It was proposed that inflated feedback would differentially modify cognitive set and penile tumescence in sexually functional and dysfunctional men. Based on prior studies, experimental groups were expected to show decreased erectile response, despite receiving inflated feedback. Functional men were expected to increase expectancies, while those of dysfunctional men were expected to decrease. Furthermore, functional men were expected to regain tumescence with additional exposure to erotica. Dysfunctional men were not expected to restore tumescence. Functionals responded to inflated feedback by increasing their expectancy associated with the feedback itself. While predicted tumescence and confidence did not increase, the functional men believed they experienced larger erections. Dysfunctionals also believed they had larger erections and were more surprised by the inflated score than the functionals. However, dysfunctional men did not increase expectancies or confidence. The study found limited support for the idea that additional exposure to erotica restores tumescence. Neither group experienced a decrease in average tumescence, so there was no loss of tumescence to be restored.


Descriptors :   *AWARENESS , THESES , FEEDBACK , PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS , SEX , VIDEO TAPES


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Recording and Playback Devices


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE