The writer reviews several research studies on the role of attention in sexual arousal, particularly those which have implications for noninvasive treatment of sexual dysfunction. The analysis shows that sexual arousal can be suppressed through attentional focus on nonsexual cognitions or sexual fantasy. Findings also suggest that mindfulness strategies result in longer-term changes in attentional focus, which may improve sexual response. These findings establish the role of attentional processes in facilitating physiological and subjective sexual arousal. Implications for the development of noninvasive treatment of sexual dysfunction are discussed.
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