2Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Kristen Lindgren, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Box 354694, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 306C, Seattle, WA 98105-6099. E-mail: KPL9716@u.washington.edu
Sexual Intent Perceptions: The Role of Perceiver Experience and the Real-Person Reduction1
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 346–369, February 2007
How to Cite
Lindgren, K. P., George, W. H. and Shoda, Y. (2007), Sexual Intent Perceptions: The Role of Perceiver Experience and the Real-Person Reduction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 346–369. doi: 10.1111/j.0021-9029.2007.00163.x
1Portions of this research were presented in a poster session at the August 2002 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago, IL. The authors thank Martie Haselton for providing us copies of the instruments that were used in Haselton and Buss (2000). The first author was supported by a predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2007
What factors influence the amount of sexual intention accorded to a person's behavior? A perceiver's gender and personal experiences, and the nature of the relationship with the perceived were investigated. Two findings emerged. First, perceiver sexual and dating experiences predicted perceptions in addition to and independent of perceiver gender, but only for a “self” target. Second, hypothetical targets were perceived more sexually relative to targets that represented real people. These findings extended previous research suggesting that features of targets and perceivers in addition to gender are predictive of sexual perceptions. These target features (e.g., “self” vs. other, “real” vs. hypothetical) have distinct influences on sexual perceptions, suggesting that the choice of a target in research studies should be considered carefully.