Love is in the gaze: an eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Love is in the gaze
Abstract: 

Reading other people's eyes is a valuable skill during interpersonal interaction. Although a number of studies have investigated visual patterns in relation to the perceiver's interest, intentions, and goals, little is known about eye gaze when it comes to differentiating intentions to love from intentions to lust (sexual desire). To address this question, we conducted two experiments: one testing whether the visual pattern related to the perception of love differs from that related to lust and one testing whether the visual pattern related to the expression of love differs from that related to lust. Our results show that a person's eye gaze shifts as a function of his or her goal (love vs. lust) when looking at a visual stimulus. Such identification of distinct visual patterns for love and lust could have theoretical and clinical importance in couples therapy when these two phenomena are difficult to disentangle from one another on the basis of patients' self-reports.

Author(s): 
Bolmont, Mylene
Cacioppo, John T.
Cacioppo, Stephanie
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Psychological Science
Journal Abbreviation: 
Psychol Sci
Publication Date: 
2014-09
Publication Year: 
2014
Pages: 
1748-1756
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
9
ISSN: 
1467-9280
DOI: 
10.1177/0956797614539706
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25031302 PMCID: PMC4273641

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Mylene Bolmont, John T. Cacioppo and Stephanie Cacioppo. 2014-09. "Love is in the gaze: an eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire." Psychological Science 25: 9: 1748-1756. 10.1177/0956797614539706.

Wikipedia Citation

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