Sexual Behavior: Stimulation by Painful Electrical Shock to Skin in Male Rats

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Science  26 Jul 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3839, pp. 392-395
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3839.392


A mildly painful electric shock lasting 0.5 second was delivered every 30 seconds to the skin of male rats while they were with a receptive female rat. Sexual behavior occurred, with brief latency, after shocks; thus, successive shocks resulted in a pacing of sexual behavior. This effect is attributed to periodic augmentation of sexual arousal by a periodic, nonspecific arousing stimulus (that is, shock).

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