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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02419

Preference for male facial masculinity as a function of mental rotation ability in gay and bisexual men, but not in heterosexual men and women in China

  • 1Southwest University, China

This study examined the association between mental rotation ability and facial masculinity preference in gay and bisexual men in China. The participants (436 gay/bisexual men, 132 heterosexual men and 254 heterosexual women) completed an online Shepard and Metzler-type mental rotation task and a forced-choice preference task of ten pairs of masculinized/feminized male faces. The results revealed that mental rotation ability was significantly associated with preference for masculinized faces in both gay and bisexual men. There were no significant correlations between mental rotation ability and facial masculinity preference in both heterosexual men and women. The findings imply homogamy in partner preference in gay and bisexual men in terms of masculinity.

Keywords: Facial masculinity preference, mental rotation, Gay and bisexual men, Homogamy, Masculinity

Received: 18 Jul 2019; Accepted: 11 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Zheng. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Lijun Zheng, Southwest University, Chongqing, China,