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Yazmajian, R.V. (1967). The Influence of Testicular Sensory Stimuli on the Dream. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 15:83-98.

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(1967). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 15:83-98

The Influence of Testicular Sensory Stimuli on the Dream

Richard V. Yazmajian, M.D.

APPROXIMATELY twenty years ago, Ohlmeyer, Brilmayer, and Hüllstrung (22) and Ohlmeyer and Brilmayer (21) reported that a cyclic periodity of erection occurs during sleep. Their data and Oswald's (23) observation that erections came and went briefly during some dream periods stimulated Fisher, Gross, and Zuch (6) to make simultaneous all-night recordings of REMs, brain waves, and erections. They confirmed the erection cycle and observed that it coincided with the REMPs: full erections occurred during 60 percent of the REMPs and partial erection during 35 percent of the remainder. Thus, full or partial erection was present in 95 percent of the total REMPs.

The full erections were often sustained with little fluctuation even throughout lengthy REMPs, lasting thirty minutes or more. Some instances were noted where there was considerable fluctuation with episodes of rapid tumescence or detumescence. A striking finding was that the erections usually began two minutes before the beginning of the REMPs, full erection was attained about five minutes after the REMP began, detumescence set in about a minute before the termination of the REMP, and full detumescence was reached about ten minutes after the termination. Only rarely was a moderate degree of erection observed during NREM periods. REMP erections were felt to be relatively independent of the recency of orgastic sexual gratification. Shapiro


Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Psychoanalytic Education, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y.

An expanded version of a Brief Communication presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, December 3, 1965.

Submitted September 13, 1965

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