Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Sexual Orientation and Human Sweat Exposure on Men's Perceptions of Sexual Attractiveness
by Nelson, Richard K., Jr., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 71; 10002457
Abstract (Summary)

The current study examined the role that exposure to natural human sweat has on heterosexual and homosexual men’s perceptions of sexual attractiveness. Seventy-two participants were included in the study. Participants engaged in 3 tasks; the first was to provide health history and sexual orientation information, the second task was to view photographs of men and women, and the third was to rate the previous images on level of attractiveness. The photograph viewing and rating tasks were done while participants were exposed to either human male underarm sweat, female Day-14 of the menstrual underarm sweat, female Day-27 of the menstrual cycle underarm sweat, or no sweat, using a small fan that blew air over the sweat pad and onto the participants face. Photographs of male and female faces were rated significantly lower by heterosexual men exposed to male underarm sweat. Heterosexual men rated photographs of female faces significantly higher than male faces in both the Day-14 and Day-27 female sweat conditions. Homosexual men showed no preference for male photographs in the male sweat versus no sweat conditions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lynch, Cheryl
Commitee: Breaux, Brooke, Brown, Amy L.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, LGBTQ studies, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Facial attractiveness, Gay, Homosexual, Pheromones, Sexual orientation
Publication Number: 10002457
ISBN: 978-1-339-41966-4
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