Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 477–478 | Cite as

Attributions of female college students to variations in pupil size

  • Nancy Tomlinson
  • Robert A. Hicks
  • Robert J. Pellegrini


Ratings were obtained from 246 female college students to the full-face photographs of a male and female peer. For each model, the photographs had been retouched to provide a continuum of pupil sizes (i.e., small, moderately large, and large). Consistent with a limited literature, a significant inverse linear trend was observed between pupil size and the positiveness of the like-sex ratings. The relationship between pupil size and the positiveness of the cross-sex ratings was an unanticipated inverted U-shaped curve. The significance of these data for the pupil size/nonverbal communication literature was discussed.


Pupil Size Female College Student Stimulus Person Communication Literature Bulletin Ofthe Psychonomic Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Tomlinson
    • 1
  • Robert A. Hicks
    • 1
  • Robert J. Pellegrini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySan Jose State UniversitySan Jose

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