Soundtrack contents and depicted sexual violence

James G. Pfaus, Lonn D.S. Myronuk, W. J. Jacobs

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Abstract

Male undergraduates were exposed to a videotaped depiction of heterosexual rape accompanied by one of three soundtracks: the original soundtrack (featuring dialogue and background rock music), relaxing music, or no sound. Subjective reports of sexual arousal, general enjoyment, perceived erotic content, and perceived pornographic content of the sequence were then provided by each subject. Results indicated that males exposed to the videotape accompanied by the original soundtrack found the sequence significantly more pornographic than males exposed to the sequence accompanied by either relaxing background music or no sound. Ratings of sexual arousal, general enjoyment, and the perceived erotic content, however, did not differ significantly across soundtrack conditions. These results are compatible with the assertion that the content of a video soundtrack may influence the impact of depicted sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-237
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • male sexual arousal
  • rape
  • sexually explicit
  • soundtrack contents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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