Sex-Dimorphic Face Shape Preference in Heterosexual and Homosexual Men and Women

  title={Sex-Dimorphic Face Shape Preference in Heterosexual and Homosexual Men and Women},
  author={Aaron N. Glassenberg and David R. Feinberg and Benedict C. Jones and Anthony C. Little and Lisa Marie DeBruine},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
Studies have used manipulated faces to test the preferences of heterosexual individuals for sexually dimorphic facial cues. In contrast to previous studies, which have generally excluded homosexual participants, we directly compared homosexual and heterosexual male and female preferences for manipulated sexual dimorphism in faces (homosexual males: n = 311; heterosexual males: n = 215; homosexual females: n = 159; heterosexual females: n = 218). Prior studies on sexual orientation and… 

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  • A. Ishai
  • Psychology, Biology
    International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology
  • 2007

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