Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 29–33 | Cite as

Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Sexual Motivation

  • Roland ImhoffEmail author
  • Rainer Banse
  • Alexander F. Schmidt

Following his seminal discussion of pedophilic sexual interest as a variant of sexual orientation (Seto, 2012), Seto (2016) pushes further the frontiers of our collective understanding of sexual orientation beyond its narrow sense of describing the relative sexual attraction to adult female versus male stimuli (Bailey et al., 2016). In Seto’s laudable effort to further elucidate the puzzles of sexual orientation, he proposes a multidimensional space of sexual orientation in which age-related sexual orientations (chronophilias) are only one among many dimensions, some of which seem to be dichotomous (with bimodal frequency distributions), and some of which are continuous (with bell-shaped distributions). Taking seriously this way of thinking about sexual orientation implies that each individual’s sexual orientation is a function of their individual position on a potentially large array of vectors. Seto provides an excellent review of our (limited) current empirical knowledge and thus...


Conditioned Stimulus Sexual Orientation Sexual Arousal Sexual Attraction Sexual Stimulus 
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Roland Imhoff declares that he has no conflict of interest. Rainer Banse declares that he has no conflict of interest. Alexander F. Schmidt declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social and Legal Psychology, Department of PsychologyJohannes Gutenberg University MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMedical School HamburgHamburgGermany

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