project . 2019 - 2023 . On going

Pupillary response as a measure of individuals' sexual interest in specific other individuals

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: 2289818
  • Funded under: ESRC
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    13 Sep 2019
    End Date
    29 Sep 2023
Description
Increases in pupil size seem to indicate observers' sexual interest in other people. This pupillary response was first discovered in the 1960s, by filming observers' eyes whilst viewing sexually explicit material before manually measuring their pupil size in still video frames. Until recently, however, this effect remained largely unnoticed in the psychological literature, when the original findings were replicated with modern eye-tracking equipment. In the last few years, the study of this phenomenon has gathered pace, revealing that pupillary responses to sexually interesting images reflect observers' sexual orientation similarly to genital arousal, can discri...
Description
Increases in pupil size seem to indicate observers' sexual interest in other people. This pupillary response was first discovered in the 1960s, by filming observers' eyes whilst viewing sexually explicit material before manually measuring their pupil size in still video frames. Until recently, however, this effect remained largely unnoticed in the psychological literature, when the original findings were replicated with modern eye-tracking equipment. In the last few years, the study of this phenomenon has gathered pace, revealing that pupillary responses to sexually interesting images reflect observers' sexual orientation similarly to genital arousal, can discri...
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