Alcohol, expectations, and sexual arousal in males: An information processing analysis

David Lansky, G. Terence Wilson

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Using a balanced placebo drink administration procedure, 48 undergraduate male social drinkers were presented with erotic and nonerotic stimuli after completing the Mosher Forced-Choice Guilt Scale. Selective attention and recognition memory were measured in both visual and auditory modalities; penile tumescence was recorded continuously in reponse to auditory stimuli. The belief that alcohol had been consumed increased penile tumescence to both heterosexual and homosexual stimuli, but only in Ss high in sex guilt. Mild intoxication itself had no effect. Alcohol impaired memory for visual stimuli, while the belief that alcohol had been drunk facilitated memory for stimuli in the auditory modality. Correlational analysis did not support the hypothesis that alcohol expectation's impact on sexual responsiveness is mediated directly through its influence on selective attention and memory processes. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1981
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


  • erotic vs nonerotic auditory vs visual stimuli & expectations of alcohol consumption effects & guilt, sexual arousal & selective attention & memory for stimuli, male college students

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