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Imaging gender differences in sexual arousal

Men tend to be more interested than women in visual sexually arousing stimuli. Now we learn that when they view identical stimuli, even when women report greater arousal, the amydala and hypothalamus are much more strongly activated in men.

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Figure 1: Gender differences in sexual arousal.


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Canli, T., Gabrieli, J. Imaging gender differences in sexual arousal. Nat Neurosci 7, 325–326 (2004).

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