It's often said that men and women don't see things the same way. But one study may have proven it.
A study funded by the Atlanta-based Center for Behavioral Neuroscience analyzed the viewing patterns of men and women looking at sexual photographs, and the result was not what one typically might expect, according to a press release.
Researchers hypothesized women would look at faces and men at genitals, but, surprisingly, they found men are more likely than women to first look at a woman's face before other parts of the body, and women focused longer on photographs of men performing sexual acts with women than did the males, the study found.
These types of results could play a key role in helping researchers to understand human sexual desires and its ultimate effect on public health, according to the press release.
After shaking off the initial shock of reading such an obvious headline, we investigated further. It turns out that the study followed the eyes of men and women as they perused pornographic material. (Which may explain why the women didn’t check out the other women’s shoes first.) It has long been common knowledge that men are much more visually stimulated than women, hence the popularity of strip clubs. Women in different ‘hormonal states’ had different viewing patterns, i.e. women on hormonal birth control appeared to be more focused on genitals than the larger context. The one surprising part of the study was that the men focused on the faces of the women in the material longer than the women did. So, ladies when your guy is staring at your face for a long time, he can only be thinking about one thing…