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Automatic Attention towards Face or Body as a Function of Mating Motivation
Hui Jing Lu; Lei Chang
Source PublicationEvolutionary Psychology

Because women’s faces and bodies carry different cues of reproductive value, men may attend to different perceptual cues as functions of their long-term versus shortterm mating motivations. We tested this hypothesis in three experiments on 135 male and 132 female participants. When influenced by short-term rather than long-term mating motivations, men’s attention was captured by (Study 1), was shifted to (Study 2), and was distracted by (Study 3) the waist/hip area rather than the face on photographs of attractive women. Similar effects were not found among the female participants in response to photographs of attractive men. These results support the evolutionary view that, similar to the attentional selectivity found in other domains of life, male perceptual attention has evolved to selectively capture and hold reproductive information about the opposite sex as a function of short-term versus long-term mating goals.

KeywordAutomatic Attention Long-term Mating Short-term Mating Face Body
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WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000304611900012
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
AffiliationThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Hui Jing Lu,Lei Chang. Automatic Attention towards Face or Body as a Function of Mating Motivation[J]. Evolutionary Psychology,2012,10(1):120-135.
APA Hui Jing Lu,&Lei Chang.(2012).Automatic Attention towards Face or Body as a Function of Mating Motivation.Evolutionary Psychology,10(1),120-135.
MLA Hui Jing Lu,et al."Automatic Attention towards Face or Body as a Function of Mating Motivation".Evolutionary Psychology 10.1(2012):120-135.
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