Finger Temperature as a Measure of Sexual Arousal in Males and Females

  • Linda Kabbash
  • William Brender
  • Tom Bowman
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (Persp. Sex.)


In recent studies of human sexual arousal (Heiman, 1975; Kutchinsky, 1970), investigators have exposed men and women to erotic visual, narrative or auditory stimuli and recorded their immediate and delayed responses to the stimuli by means of verbal self-report and/or physiological measures. In comparison to self-report measures, physiological indicators of sexual arousal offer the advantages of objectivity and continuous response tracking and therefore have received increasing research attention in recent years. Mann (1971) and Zuckerman (1971) reviewed studies employing physiological measures to assess magnitude or direction of erotic interest in men and women. They reported that indirect physiological measures of sexual arousal such as galvanic skin response, pupillary dilation, blood volume and pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, biochemical response and evoked cortical response have tended to be either unresponsive or unreliable indices.


Sexual Arousal Galvanic Skin Response Time Block Penile Erection Pleasantness Rating 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Kabbash
    • 1
  • William Brender
    • 1
  • Tom Bowman
    • 1
  1. 1.Canada

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