Monday, April 16, 2007

Study shows men look at a woman's face before genitals

A study funded by the Atlanta-based Center for Behavioral Neuroscience analyzed the viewing patterns of men and women looking at sexual photographs, and the result was not what one typically might expect, according to a press release.

Researchers hypothesized women would look at faces and men at genitals, but, surprisingly, they found men are more likely than women to first look at a woman's face before other parts of the body, and women focused longer on photographs of men performing sexual acts with women than did the males, the study found.

These types of results could play a key role in helping researchers to understand human sexual desires and its ultimate effect on public health, according to the press release.

"Men looked at the female face much more than women, and both looked at the genitals comparably," said lead author Dr. Heather Rupp, a fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex. Full article here.

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