Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 357–374

Vaginal photoplethysmography: Methodological considerations

  • John P. Hatch

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541879

Cite this article as:
Hatch, J.P. Arch Sex Behav (1979) 8: 357. doi:10.1007/BF01541879


Methodological considerations related to the use of vaginal photoplethysmography in the experimental investigation of physiological sexual arousal in women are discussed. Specific topics covered include the operation and use of the device, methods of data reduction and analysis, and the role of vaginal photoplethysmography in the study of female sexual arousal. A review of the literature focusing on methodological issues is also included.

Key words

vaginal photoplethysmography sexual arousal women vaginal blood volume 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Hatch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, School of MedicineState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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