Gender Effect : Perception On Women 's Sexual Interest

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Gender effect: Perception on Women’s Sexual Interest

Extensive research has been conducted into the area of a gender effect between males and females - this being particularly focused on the way they perceive sexual interest. Researchers have been interested to explore if there is a difference in the ways that women perceive interactions as opposed to the way men perceive interactions, and have explored why these differences could exist.

The hypothesis of the gender effect is that men appear to overperceive women’s (sexual) interest. Abbey (1982) tested the hypothesis that friendliness from the opposite sex could be misperceived as sexual interest, and it was concluded that men appear to overperceive women’s sexual interest. In this study, male and female participants were observed by another male and female participant whilst having a 5-minute conversation. All four participants were then asked to rate the interaction on different descriptors, examples of these being: promiscuous, seductive, friendly. The results of this study led to further research on the topic, where some (Haselton & Buss, 2000; Perilloux & Kurzban, 2014) looked to different variables and ways of measuring this phenomenon. Haselton and Buss (2000) investigated this gender effect, where the participants were asked to indicate on a scale of -3 to +3 to what extent each given behaviour indicated sexual intentions (for example: smiling at a man/woman at a party). This study also concluded that men…
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