BC Jones, JC Main, LM DeBruine, AC Little & LLM Welling (2010). Reading the look of love: Sexually dimorphic cues in opposite-sex faces influence gaze-categorization. Psychological Science, 21(6): 796-798. doi: 10.1177/0956797610370756

Gaze cues have powerful effects on person perception, influencing face recognition, sex-categorization, emotion perception, and attraction. We demonstrate that sexually dimorphic shape cues in opposite-sex, but not own-sex, faces influence gaze-categorization. Since exaggerated sex-typical facial cues are associated with indices of long-term health, our findings suggest that gaze processing mechanisms are sensitive to global configural cues to the quality of potential mates.

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