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The effect of women’s leg posture on gazing behavior and perceived attractiveness
University of Minho, Portugal.
University of Vienna, Austria.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry. University of Minho, Portugal.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3436-2010
University of Minho, Portugal.
2018 (English)In: Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Subtle nonverbal changes can influence perception, signal individual’s affective state and act as gateways in interpersonal communications. In this exploratory study, we investigated the effect of previously uninvestigated female leg posture (in-toeing vs. out-toeing) on gazing behavior and perceived attractiveness. Results showed a small effect: participants fixated more and spent more time looking at the legs and feet of the stimuli with in-toeing feet than parallel and out-toeing feet. Likewise, we found a small effect for the perception of the attractiveness. In line with the previous studies, we suggest in-toeing feet might signal femininity and submission and discussed our results accordingly.

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Berlin: Springer, 2018. p. 1-6
Keyword [en]
Nonverbal behavior, Leg posture, Physical attractiveness, Eye-tracking, Feet orientation
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Other Health Sciences Psychology
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Natural Science, Optometry; Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71787DOI: 10.1007/s12144-018-9821-yOAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-71787DiVA, id: diva2:1192944
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This study was conducted at Psychology Research Centre (UID/PSI/01662/2013), University of Minho, and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education through national funds and co-financed by FEDER through COMPETE2020 under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007653). FP re- ceives funding from FCT Portugal through grant SFRH/BD/114366/ 2016; AM receives funding from FCT Portugal through grants PTDC/DTP-EPI/0412/2012 and UID/FIS/04650/2013; JA receives funding from FCT Portugal through grant IF/01298/2014.
Available from: 2018-03-24 Created: 2018-03-24 Last updated: 2018-03-27

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