Project Title: Human Courtship

Faculty Sponsor: Terrence Horgan

Department: Psychology

Telephone: 810.237.6621


Project Description: Human courtship has not been studied extensively. Prior research has focused on heterosexual relationships (Moore, 2010). Moore (2010) has shown that women tend to be the "selectors" in heterosexual relationships. Specifically, women use specific nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, to signal to a specific male that he has her permission to approach her.

Research on courtship among gay males and lesbians is practically nonexistent. Most of this research has focused on dating scripts (Rose & Zand, 2000) or behaviors used to signal consent to sexual contact (Beres, Herold, & Maitland, 2004). How courtships begin in same-sex relationships is not understood in terms of nonverbal signaling behavior.

The current research aims to address this gap in the literature. The goal is to detail the specific nonverbal cues that men and women use to initiate a potentially intimate relationship with members of their own sex. 

Interviews and content analysis of participants' responses will be used in this study.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: 

  • Interviewing participants
  • Performing content analysis
  • SPSS analyses

Minimum Student Qualifications: