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Heterosexual Men's Sexual Decision-Making


This study evaluates how gender roles, mood, and sexual arousal may impact young, heterosexual men's sexual decision-making. The project involves two parts:

  • Part 1 is a focus group study that qualitatively assesses how men decide whether to have sex with a particular woman, how they communicate their sexual interests to women, and how they interpret women’s sexual interest in them. The focus groups will also discuss the role that masculinity, mood, and sexual arousal may play in these decision-making processes.

  • Part 2 of the project is a laboratory study which will assess how mood and sexual arousal impact men's sexual decision-making in a controlled laboratory setting.



Dr. Zoe Peterson, Dr. Julia Heiman, Dr. Erick Janssen, and Nick Feipel (Indiana University)


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