Perceiving sex directly and indirectly: meaning in motion and morphology.

@article{Johnson2005PerceivingSD,
  title={Perceiving sex directly and indirectly: meaning in motion and morphology.},
  author={Kerri L. Johnson and Louis G. Tassinary},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2005},
  volume={16 11},
  pages={
          890-7
        }
}
We employed a novel technique to explore how the body's motion and morphology affect judgments of sex and gender. Stimuli depicted animated human walkers that varied in motion (gait patterns varying shoulder swagger and hip sway) and in morphology (waist-to-hip ratio). The potency of morphology in categorical sex judgments was confirmed. Visual scanning of the walkers was concentrated in the waist and hip region of the body (Study 1a). This targeted scanning was attenuated, however, when the… CONTINUE READING
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