The relationship between two classes of measures examined idiothetically and nomothetically

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Arlinza Earl Turner (Creator)
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Steven C. Hayes

Abstract: The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between the subjective and physiological measures of sexual arousal. Twenty males were seen individually on four different occasions to view erotic slides and photographs of females and males while two physiological and five subjective measures were taken. The relationship among these measures was evaluated within-subject, across four assessment sessions (idiothetic level of analysis) and between-subject, both within and across the four sessions (nomothetic level of analysis). It was hypothesized that different analyses would result in markedly different conclusions regarding the relationship among these variables. It was expected that different levels of responding would serve to attenuate between measure correlations at the nomothetic level of analysis, while having little or no effects on these relationships at the idiothetic level. A public-private manipulation was included to ensure that subjects would perform differently on the various measures. Differences in the instructions and how these instructions were delivered to subjects distinguished the two conditions. It was hypothesized that in addition to influencing level of responding that these two conditions would also differentially influence intercorrelations.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Sexual excitement $x Physiological aspects

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