arousal function

a·rous·al func·tion

the ability of a sensory event to arouse the cortex to vigilance or readiness.
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Early studies clearly proved that spontaneous paroxysms are promoted by transitory decreases of vigilance after awakening in the morning, after lunch, in evening sleepiness, during boring situations [36-38], and in experimental depression of reticular arousal functions [39].
After successful performance on the arbitrary relations test, participants were then exposed to a differential conditioning procedure during which sexual arousal functions were established for the B1 stimulus only by pairing it with contiguous presentations of sexually explicit film clips and by pairing B2 with the absence of sexually explicit material.
Contextual control over the derived transformation of discriminative and sexual arousal functions. The Psychological Record, 50, 267-291.
A transformation of respondently conditioned sexual arousal functions in accordance with arbitrary relations.
Derived transfer of self-reported arousal functions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 85, 223-246.
If stimulus functions can be transformed by virtue of their participation in derived relations or complex relational networks, our understanding of the emergence of sexual arousal functions for arbitrary stimuli is immediately expanded.