Jones BC, Little AC, Watkins CD, Welling LLM & DeBruine LM (2011). Reported sexual desire predicts men's preferences for sexually dimorphic cues in womenís faces. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(6): 1281-1285. doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9721-1

Recent studies investigating the relationship between sexual desire and sexual attraction have found that heterosexual womenís reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their reported attraction to both own- and opposite-sex individuals, but that heterosexual menís reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their reported attraction to opposite-sex individuals only. These findings have led to the proposal that sexual desire is a generalized energizer of sexual attraction in heterosexual women (i.e., influences womenís attraction to both men and women), but only energizes heterosexual menís sexual attraction to women. Here we show that heterosexual menís scores on the Sexual Desire Inventory-2 (SDI-2) were positively correlated with their preferences for exaggerated sex-typical shape cues in opposite-sex, but not own-sex, faces. Together with previous research showing that heterosexual womenís reported sexual desire is positively correlated with their preferences for exaggerated sex-typical shape cues in both own- and opposite-sex faces, our findings present novel converging evidence for sex-specific relationships between sexual desire and attractiveness judgments of own- and opposite-sex individuals.

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