HDF 213 Lecture 5: Attraction notes

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Attraction, Human Sexual Response
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Techniques of Arousal
Arousal
The brain plays a significant role in arousal
Inhibitions
Sight
Smell
Touch
Hearing
Taste
Imagination
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
Some evidence suggests not!
Symmetry more is perceived as better
Infer conditions of health from symmetry
Masculinity-femininity (Johnson et al., 2001)
Fs prefer
More masculine faces and deeoer voices near ovulation
Less masculine other times
Ms also appear to find women more attractive during the time prior to
ovulation.
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Facial Attr. (cont.)
Familiar = more attractive? - (Peskin & Newell, 2004)
Except familial similarity Westermarck Effect
Infants look at attractive faces longer
Misattribution of arousal non-sexual arousal (fear) facilitating arousal.
Cross-cultural study
Ms (males) place more value on both young and physically attractive; Fs
(females) more value on older, dependable, good financial prospects
(attractiveness too, but lower)
Body Attractiveness
What parts of the body?
Waist- to- hip ratio (Singh)
Consistent findings across cultures
Related to risk for disease?
Extremes more susceptible for disease
Attractiveness related to perceptions of reproductive success?
Sexual Response
Sexual Response is a natural physiological function
MYOTONIA & VASOCONGESTION
muscle tension & vascular swelling
Sexual response - 2 basic phases:
Excitement - build up of tension
Orgasm - release of tension
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