We are looking for homosexual and heterosexual male and female volunteers, under 40 years of age, for a research study looking at perception of facial movement and sexual orientation. This involves us videoing your facial movements (while speaking along to a backing track) and completing questionnaires (some of which will ask about your sexual orientation, attractions and behaviour). If you would like to get involved, please read the information below.


What is the project?


We are researching how people perceive sexual orientation from limited information, and how accurate categorisation is. We also want to know which facial properties are used when making these decisions. This phase of the study is the recording of videos to use in our later research.


What will I be asked to do?


Firstly you will be asked to complete three questionnaires. These will ask about your demographic background and also contain items on your sexual desires and behaviour. You will then be asked to speak along with a backing track (so all participants are saying the same words at the same speed) while looking into a video camera. Next you will be asked to tell a series of (bad) jokes to the camera in your own time. During recording you will be asked to wear a plain black t-shirt (provided) and tie back long hair. It is also important you do not have facial hair or any piercings apart from simple studs. In total, participation takes between 15-30 minutes. You will be reimbursed £10 for your time.


What will I be saying to camera?


You will be asked to repeat the words to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’. These have been chosen because most people already know the words, so you shouldn’t have to memorise any new lines. This does mean that you must be fluent in English to participate. The lyrics are available on the day if you are not familiar with them.


What happens with my recordings?


All sound is removed from the videos, which are cut into smaller clips. These clips will form the stimuli for our research on sexual orientation judgements. They will be shown to viewers, who will be asked to rate your sexual orientation, masculinity/femininity and attractiveness. None of your personal details or answers to the questionnaires will be provided to the viewers, only your muted video clips.




We are very flexible with times, so just email with your ideal day/time and we can do our best to meet it. You can also take part after 5pm if you have work commitments during the day




The G.E. Fogg building on the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary, University of London.




To take part contact Will Jolly at w.r.jolly@qmul.ac.uk


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