Imaging the brain at multiple scales: how to integrate multi...
Presently, the environments in which people are free to be naked are limited; as a result, we are hardly ever confronted with naked individuals in our daily routines, given that an overwhelming majority of the world’s cultures prescribe to social codes that, in one way or another, mandate clothing. While this trans-cultural phenomenon may have arisen out of necessity, clothing has now become an inescapable aspect of our world as a means of both cultural expression, and individual style. Nudity has therefore grown into a rarity that elicits varied responses from people; some see the nude human body as beautiful or exciting, while for others a naked body is a point of shame, or of a forbidden sight. These heterogeneous responses have therefore created a paradox: although we cannot escape it, nudity has become taboo. It is this very exposure, as well as the conversation around it, that has been the source of interest in the development of the subject and design of this experiment.
The research centers around the question of student’s physiological responses when confronted with images of nudity and pornography. We are interested in the elements of explicit porn, if any, and in neutral* nudity that trigger student’s arousal. To investigate the full implications of this question, the experimental design, with existing literature, aims to answer the following research question:
Is there a difference in the physiological arousal of students in response to pictures of neutral* nudity versus that of pornography?
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