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Arousal Pathway Scale

This survey is anonymous and confidential (see our privacy statement) and should take approximately 9-12 minutes to complete. The questionnaire has approximately 23 questions that cover your sexual preferences and interests. Feel free to check it out, knowing that at any point you can discontinue without consequence. If you have any questions or comments about this survey please contact Dr. Zebroff at

You must be 18 to participate. By completing the survey you are agreeing to participate in furthering our understanding of human sexuality.

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2. My gender is:
3. My sexual orientation is:
5. My relationship status is:
I have been in my relationship for:
I would rate the general satisfaction of my relationship as:
6. The race or ethnicity I identify with is:
7. In preparing for my ideal sexual encounter, the thing that would most likely move me into an erotic mindset  (from my everyday mindset) would be: *This question is required.Sorry, only one choice! (Tip: Think about a peak sexual experience where you were able to feel the most turned-on)
8. Based on everything you know about your own sexuality, choose one of the following actions your lover could do to get you turned on and in the mood for sex.
  *This question is required.Sorry, only one! (Hint: Choose the one that is most ideal to get you aroused)
9. Imagine you are having sex with a lover. To feel fully engaged (turned-on) during sex, I would turn my attention to: *This question is required.
10. Imagine you are having sex with a lover.  To feel engaged (turned-on) during sex, I would want to include more: *This question is required.
11. Overall, to feel engaged (turned-on) during sex, I would want to be encouraged to: *This question is required.
12. Choose the top fantasy(s) that would be the biggest turn on to you. *This question is required.(Choose 2 answers. If you do not find exactly your fantasy, please choose the closest to your experience.)
13. Over the past 4 weeks, how often did you feel sexual desire or interest?
14. Over the past 4 weeks, how satisfied were you with your ability to reach orgasm (climax) during sexual activity or intercourse?
15. Over the past 4 weeks, when you had sexual stimulation or intercourse, how difficult was it for you to reach orgasm (climax)?

16. When you have sexual stimulation or intercourse with a partner, how often do you reach orgasm (climax)?
17. When you stimulate yourself sexually (masturbation), how often do you reach orgasm (climax)?
18. When you stimulate yourself sexually (masturbation), what is your preferred position most likely to result in orgasm?
Imagine you are having sex with a partner and you are feeling close to orgasm.
Based on everything you know about your sexuality, describe what will bring you over the edge to orgasm. 
*This question is required.(If you have never had an orgasm, please respond to "Never Effective" for all answers)
Space Cell Never effectiveRarely effectiveOccasionally effectiveOften effectiveAlways effective
Kissing more often or more deeply
Hearing my lover moan, scream or vocalizing their pleasure
Moaning, screaming or vocalizing my pleasure
Watching my lover's excitement, pleasure or orgasm
Talking dirty
Holding tighter, pulling closer or pushing into my lover
Focusing on my physical sensations
Focusing on the pleasure I am feeling
"Letting go" into the experience
Focusing on how close (emotionally) I feel to my lover
Looking at or thinking about my lover's body (or part)
Focusing on how sexy I look or feel
Caressing, touching or feeling skin-on-skin
Focusing on what my lover and I are sharing together
Telling my lover how much I love or care, or hearing them tell me
Relaxing or clenching/tensing my muscles
Being encouraged to have an orgasm
Imagining myself having, or telling my lover, I am about to orgasm
Keeping going, doing the same thing we are doing
Watching what we are doing
Mentally picturing something that turns me on -- fantasizing
Doing something "taboo" or "naughty"
Imagining a porn or erotic scene
Teasing my lover (or being teased)
Making eye-contact with my lover
Going harder, faster, deeper or increasing intensity
Slowing down, taking time
Dominating or directing a submissive lover
Submitting or surrendering to a dominant lover
Thinking about force or rough play
Being held down or being restrained
Holding down or restraining my lover
Scratching/biting or being scratched/bitten
Changing my breathing -- slower, faster or holding
Stimulating my clitoris or penis head ( with oral sex, hand or sex toy)
Stimulating my lover's body part -- nipple, breast, balls, taint, etc
Having my other body part (nipple, breast, balls, butt, taint, etc) stimulated
Anal touching or play (eg. fingering, rimming, intercourse, pegging, etc.)
Imagining a threesome or group sex
Doing something "new" that we don't normally do
Getting into position(s) to get more stimulation
Spanking, flicking or slapping
Smelling or tasting
Hair pulling, hitting or choking (in play)
Stopping thinking, letting my mind going blank
Thinking about how my lover desires me or how much they "want me"
Thinking about how well my lover treats me or how committed they are
Imagining we are (or I am) being watched.
Feeling an intense sensation or pain
Feeling or seeing a particular piece of cloth or clothing (latex, silk, etc)
Begging or being begged for more
Imagining being with a new or another person
Imagining my lover with another lover(s)
Lover stopping me or holding me back from orgasm
G-Spot or P-Spot (prostate) stimulation
Imagining or changing our location/lighting
Closing my eyes and focusing inward
Taking forcefully or using (in play)
Being taken forcefully or used (in play)
Using softer, more sensual touches or caresses
Role playing
Being encouraged to enjoy my pleasure
20. The things that bring me to orgasm with a partner recently are:
21. Overall, how satisfactory or unsatisfactory is your present sex life?
22. Recall to the best of your ability the most recent orgasm you experienced during sex with a partner. This would include any sexual activity with your partner in which you had an orgasm while your partner was present.

To the best of your memory, how did you have this orgasm with your partner?