Topography of Human Erogenous Zones

Lauri Nummenmaa*, Juulia T. Suvilehto, Enrico Glerean, Pekka Santtila, Jari K. Hietanen

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Abstract

Touching is a powerful means for eliciting sexual arousal. Here, we establish the topographical organization of bodily regions triggering sexual arousal in humans. A total of 704 participants were shown images of same and opposite sex bodies and asked to color the bodily regions whose touching they or members of the opposite sex would experience as sexually arousing while masturbating or having sex with a partner. Resulting erogenous zone maps (EZMs) revealed that the whole body was sensitive to sexual touching, with erogenous hotspots consisting of genitals, breasts, and anus. The EZM area was larger while having sex with a partner versus while masturbating, and was also dependent on sexual desire and heterosexual and homosexual interest levels. We conclude that tactile stimulation of practically all bodily regions may trigger sexual arousal. Extension of the erogenous zones while having sex with a partner may reflect the role of touching in maintenance of reproductive pair bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1216
Number of pages10
JournalARCHIVES OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Arousal
  • Bonding
  • Sexuality
  • Somatosensation
  • Touch

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