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Title: Reported sexual desire predicts men's preferences for sexually dimorphic cues in women's faces
Authors: Jones, Benedict C
Little, Anthony
Watkins, Christopher D
Welling, Lisa L M
DeBruine, Lisa M
Contact Email: anthony.little@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Sexual desire
Sex drive
Attraction
Mate choice
Face perception
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Jones BC, Little A, Watkins CD, Welling LLM & DeBruine LM (2011) Reported sexual desire predicts men's preferences for sexually dimorphic cues in women's faces, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40 (6), pp. 1281-1285.
Abstract: Recent studies investigating the relationship between sexual desire and sexual attraction have found that heterosexual women's reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their reported attraction to both own- and opposite-sex individuals, but that heterosexual men's reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their reported attraction to opposite-sex individuals only. These findings have led to the proposal that sexual desire is a generalized energizer of sexual attraction in heterosexual women (i.e., influences women's attraction to both men and women), but only energizes heterosexual men's sexual attraction to women. Here we show that heterosexual men's scores on the Sexual Desire Inventory-2 were positively correlated with their preferences for exaggerated sex-typical shape cues in opposite-sex, but not own-sex, faces. Together with previous research showing that heterosexual women's reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their preferences for exaggerated sex-typical shape cues in both own- and opposite-sex faces, our findings present novel converging evidence for sex-specific relationships between sexual desire and attractiveness judgments of own- and opposite-sex individuals.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/17924
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-010-9721-1
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Affiliation: University of Aberdeen
Psychology
University of Aberdeen
Penn State University
University of Aberdeen

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