Monday, 06 August 2012 16:35

Study Says Eyes Reveal Sexual Orientation

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All is in the eyes! A new report reveals that the sexual orientation of a person can be revealed by the eyes.

 

 

According to this study, pupil dilation is an accurate indicator of sexual orientation.

Live ScienceLive Science indicates that when people look at erotic images and become aroused, their pupils open up in an unconscious reaction that could be used to study orientation and arousal without invasive genital measurements.

Thus study researcher Ritch Savin-Williams, a developmental psychologist at Cornell University, says that "if a man says he's straight, his eyes are dilating towards women, and the opposite with gay men, their eyes are dilating to men."

165 men and 160 women, including homosexual, bisexual and straight participants, looked at videos of a man masturbating, a woman masturbating and neutral landscape scenes.

As reports Live Science, the results proved that pupil dilation matches the pattern seen in genital arousal studies.

In men, this pattern is generally straightforward: Straight men respond to sexual images of women, and gay men respond to sexual images of men. Bisexual men respond to both men and women.

In women, things are more complex, Savin-Williams said. Gay women show more pupil dilation to images of other women, similar to the pattern seen in straight men. But straight women dilate basically equally in response to erotic images of both sexes, despite reporting feelings of arousal for men and not women.

This doesn't mean that all straight women are secretly bisexual, Savin-Williams warned, just that their subjective arousal doesn't necessarily match their body's arousal. Sex researchers aren't sure why this happens.

 

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