Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 67–78

Gender Differences for Specific Body Regions When Looking at Men and Women

  • Johannes Hewig
  • Ralf H. Trippe
  • Holger Hecht
  • Thomas Straube
  • Wolfgang H. R. Miltner
Original Paper

Abstract

The goal of the present study was to provide first evidence for gender differences in gaze patterns while looking at the body of men and women. For this purpose participants were exposed to 30 pictures of 15 male and 15 female models in casual clothing. The individual scan paths were recorded using an eye-tracker. The results show that both male and female observers primarily gaze at people’s face. Only after this initial face-scan, men look significantly earlier and longer at women’s breasts, while women look earlier at men’s legs. These observations uncover important aspects of the pattern of the human gaze at others and particularly reveal important gender differences.

Keywords

Eye tracking Gaze Picture viewing Gender differences 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Hewig
    • 1
  • Ralf H. Trippe
    • 1
  • Holger Hecht
    • 1
  • Thomas Straube
    • 1
  • Wolfgang H. R. Miltner
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Biologische und Klinische PsychologieFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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