Eye-Tracking of Men’s Preferences for Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Breast Size of Women

  title={Eye-Tracking of Men’s Preferences for Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Breast Size of Women},
  author={Barnaby James Wyld Dixson and Gina M. Grimshaw and Wayne L. Linklater and Alan F. Dixson},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
Studies of human physical traits and mate preferences often use questionnaires asking participants to rate the attractiveness of images. Female waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), breast size, and facial appearance have all been implicated in assessments by men of female attractiveness. However, very little is known about how men make fine-grained visual assessments of such images. We used eye-tracking techniques to measure the numbers of visual fixations, dwell times, and initial fixations made by men… 
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