Sex Roles

, Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 545-554

The effect of romantic and nonromantic films on perception of female friendly and seductive behavior

  • Janet SigalAffiliated withFairleigh Dickinson University
  • , Margaret GibbsAffiliated withFairleigh Dickinson University
  • , Bonnie AdamsAffiliated withFairleigh Dickinson University
  • , Richard DerflerAffiliated withFairleigh Dickinson University

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Two experiments investigating gender differences in perception of nonverbal seductive and friendly cues were conducted using standardized videotaped interactions. Results of the first experiment indicated no gender differences in perceptions, contradicting previous results obtained by Abbey (“Sex Differences in Attributions for Friendly Behavior: Do Males Misperceive Females' Friendliness?” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1982, 42, 830–838), who used a nonstandardized interaction. Results of the second experiment indicated that exposure to romantic and nonromantic scenarios in the media may produce contrast effects primarily affecting male interpretation of female nonverbal cues.