Dr Ross Bartels publishes new paper on mousetracking sexual interests

Congratulations to Dr Ross Bartels who, with his colleagues, has published a 3-study paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, entitled ‘Tracking Mouse Trajectories Related to Decisions About Sexual Interest’.

Bartels, R. M., Lister, V. P., Imhoff, R., & Banse, R. (2019). Tracking mouse trajectories related to decisions about sexual interest. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Advanced online version, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1436-3

The paper examines whether mousetracking (a measure of real-time decision-making) can be applied to the assessment of sexual interest, both typical (i.e., towards men or women) and atypical (i.e., towards children vs. adults). Studies 1 and 2 show that men identifying as same-gender attracted or opposite-gender attracted produced the expected pattern of responses (e.g., less curved mouse trajectories and faster response latencies towards their preferred sexual category), while Study 3 showed this same pattern with regards to an interest in adults (versus children) in a teleiophilic sample from the general population. These findings provide advantages over other forms of assessment, as mousetracking highlights the real-time decisions being made towards stimuli. The importance of considering perspective-taking when assessing sexual interest are also discussed. The findings also have implications for the assessment of atypical (or offence-related) interests in forensic populations; a goal for future research.

The paper can be read (via an Enhanced PDF) at: https://rdcu.be/bFRt8

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