Sex Differences in Intoxicated Sexual Interest Judgments and Risk Perceptions

This research will test alcohol’s effects on men’s perception of sexual interest from women and women’s perception of risk for sexual assault.

This National Research Service Award (NRSA) will test effects of alcohol on two key risk-related processes, namely, judgments of and objective responses to women’s displays of sexual interest (or lack thereof), and perceptions of the risk for sexual assault during social interactions. The proposed research also will evaluate the extent to which key individual difference variables (e.g., sociosexual attitudes; alcohol sensitivity; trait aggressiveness) moderate alcohol’s effects on these processes. By characterizing intoxicated men’s misperceptions of women’s sexual interest and intoxicated women’s misperceptions of sexual assault risk, this research will inform public policy and enable targeting of at-risk individuals for intervention, thereby reducing the cost of sexual assault on its victims and society.

Principal Investigators
Liana S.E. Hone, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Funding Agency
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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