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Sex-specific but not sexually explicit: pupillary responses to dressed and naked adults

Attard-Johnson, Janice, Bindemann, Markus (2017) Sex-specific but not sexually explicit: pupillary responses to dressed and naked adults. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (160963). ISSN 2054-5703. (doi:10.1098/rsos.160963) (KAR id:62069)


Dilation of the pupils is an indicator of an observer's sexual interest in other people, but it remains unresolved whether this response is strengthened or diminished by sexually explicit material. To address this question, this study compared pupillary responses of heterosexual men and women to naked and dressed portraits of male and female adult film actors. Pupillary responses corresponded with observers' self-reported sexual orientation, such that dilation occurred during the viewing of opposite-sex people, but were comparable for naked and dressed targets. These findings indicate that pupillary responses provide a sex-specific measure, but are not sensitive to sexually explicit content.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1098/rsos.160963
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Markus Bindemann
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 12:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:46 UTC
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Attard-Johnson, Janice.

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Bindemann, Markus.

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