The effects of sex and handedness on masturbation laterality and other lateralised motor behaviours
Rodway, Paul, Thoma, V. and Schepman, Astrid 2021. The effects of sex and handedness on masturbation laterality and other lateralised motor behaviours. Laterality. p. In Press.
|Authors||Rodway, Paul, Thoma, V. and Schepman, Astrid|
Masturbation is a common human behaviour. Compared to other unimanual behaviours it has unique properties, including increased sexual and emotional arousal, and privacy. Self-reported hand preference for masturbation was examined in 104 left-handed and 103 right-handed women, and 100 left-handed and 99 right-handed men. Handedness (modified Edinburgh Handedness Inventory, EHI), footedness, eyedness, and cheek kissing preferences were also measured. Seventy nine percent used their dominant hand (always/usually) for masturbation, but left-handers (71.5%) were less consistently lateralised to use their dominant hand than right-handers (86.5%). Hand preference for masturbation correlated more strongly with handedness (EHI), than with footedness, eyedness, or cheek preference. There was no difference in masturbation frequency between left and right-handers, but men masturbated more frequently than women, and more women (75%) than men (33%) masturbated with sex aids. For kissing the preferred cheek of an emotionally close person from the viewer’s perspective, left-handers showed a left-cheek preference, and right-handers a weaker right-cheek preference. The results suggest that hemispheric asymmetries in emotion do not influence hand preference for masturbation but may promote a leftward shift in cheek kissing. In all, masturbation is lateralised in a similar way to other manual motor behaviours in left-handed and right-handed men and women.
|Keywords||vibrator; head-tilt; stimulation; genitals; health|
|Journal citation||p. In Press|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Accepted||10 Nov 2021|
|Deposited||22 Nov 2021|
This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Laterality. Rodway, Paul, Thoma, V. and Schepman, Astrid 2021. The effects of sex and handedness on masturbation laterality and other lateralised motor behaviours. Laterality. p. In Press. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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