Evolutionary Psychological Science

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 131–135 | Cite as

Men’s Mating Orientation Does Not Moderate the Accuracy with which they Assess Women’s Mating Orientation from Facial Photographs

  • Tara DeLecce
  • Robert L. Matchock
  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
  • Todd K. ShackelfordEmail author
Research Article


Previous research indicates that men can accurately assess women’s mating orientation from facial photographs (DeLecce et al. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 319–327, 2014). The current study investigated whether this ability is moderated by men’s own mating orientation. To that end, 89 men completed the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI)—an assessment of mating orientation—and rated the perceived faithfulness of 55 women (who also completed the SOI) depicted in facial photographs. Although men were indeed accurate in their faithfulness perceptions of the female targets, men’s mating orientation did not moderate the negative association between their faithfulness ratings and the self-reported mating orientation of the female targets. Limitations of the current study and directions for future research are addressed in the discussion.


Mating orientation Sociosexual orientation Facial perception accuracy 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tara DeLecce
    • 1
  • Robert L. Matchock
    • 2
  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Pennsylvania State UniversityAltoonaUSA

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