Monique Patenaude, ‘Come on baby, (re)light my fire’,, University of Rochester (July 20, 2016).


Women’s desire is more strongly affected by their partner’s responsiveness than men’s desire—although men report a boost, as well. (…) What determines whether intimacy prompts or inhibits desire is not its mere existence, but its meaning in the larger context of a relationship. (…) Responsiveness is most likely to encourage desire. (…) Results indicated that when men and women perceive their partners as responsive, they feel special and think of their partner as a valuable mate, which boosted sexual desirability.