Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Psychology of Human Sexuality
Justin J. Lehmiller
"Male college student participants were hooked up to a machine that measured galvanic skin response. Subjects were told that GSR was a reliable indication of one's sexual arousal and that, when aroused, the needle on the measurement instrument would move higher. Participants were then shown photographs of men who varied in their degree of attractiveness and how much clothing they were wearing. Unbeknownst to the subject, the machine was rigged...many of them saw the machine register very high levels of arousal in response to the photos of attractive and semi-nude men."
"The value of debriefing should be apparent from a study like this." - Justin J. Lehmiller, The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2013)