Sexually Aggressive Men May Forget a Woman's
THURSDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The average college-aged
male has an excellent memory for whether a woman initially displays
sexual interest or rejection, especially when she's attractive, is
dressed provocatively and expresses positive sexual interest, a new
But the men the researchers believed were at risk of being
sexual aggressive toward female acquaintances showed a worse memory
for women's cues about sexual interest or rejection.
The study appears in the current online issue of the journal
Applied Cognitive Psychology.
"Misremembering a woman's level of sexual interest could prompt some men to make an unwanted sexual advance and become frustrated when a woman doesn't respond as anticipated," study author Teresa Treat said in a journal news release.
"Conversely, college-aged men who report more frequent serious romantic relationships with women show better memory for college-aged women's sexual interest and rejection cues. This suggests that tracking and remembering a partner's emotions may play a role in the initiation and maintenance of a serious romantic relationship," Treat said.
For this study, college-aged male participants were shown photos
of women displaying sexual interest and rejection cues.
For more on first impressions of the opposite sex, go to the
Association for Psychological Science.
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