Milena Vásquez-Amézquita

Milena Vásquez-Amézquita
El Bosque University · Facultad de Psicología

MSc, PhD.

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Introduction
Associate Professor, Researcher in Neuroscience at Universidad El Bosque. I am leading research projects in two lines. The first, about typical-atypical sexual preferences, non-deviant and deviant, such as pedophilia. Second, about attentional biases and HRV as indicators of affective disorders. I have focused on the use of eye-tracking as an indirect measure of affect and sexual arousal. I am interested in research about the cognitive mechanisms that underlie mood disorders and sexual behavior.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - July 2020
El Bosque University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I am a researcher at the Experimental Psychology Lab and do post-grad teaching.
January 2015 - December 2019
El Bosque University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Researcher at the Experimental Psychology Lab and Laboratory Professor of practices of Neuroscience and behavior, Cognoscitive processes, and Motivation and Emotion.
January 2014 - December 2014
Universidad Antonio Nariño
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Basic Areas Professor
Education
November 2011 - September 2018
University of Valencia
Field of study
  • Neuroscience
October 2011 - December 2012
University of Valencia
Field of study
  • Neuroscience
July 2002 - September 2007
Universidad Católica de Colombia
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (15)
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Digit ratio (2D:4D) is a marker of prenatal androgenic exposure that is correlated with different behaviour patterns. Here, we explore the relationship between 2D:4D ratio and early versus late attention to sexually preferred stimuli using an eye-tracking paradigm with 78 androphilic or gynephilic men and women. We simultaneously presented preferre...
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Visual attention patterns measured with eye-tracking techniques provide indirect clues about sexual response. This study aimed to test the category specificity of sexual responses to stimuli varying in gender and age by evaluating both early and late attention of gynephilic and androphilic men and women. We simultaneously presented sexually preferr...
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Men, whether gynephilic or androphilic, show both early and late attention toward adults and not toward children. We examined early and late visual attention to sexually mature versus immature stimuli in four groups of heterosexual men: sexual offenders against children (SOAC = 18), sexual offenders against adults (SOAA = 16), nonsexual offenders (...
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Body height is a life-history component. It involves important costs for its expression and maintenance, which may originate trade-offs on other costly components such as reproduction or immunity. Although previous evidence has supported the idea that human height could be a sexually selected trait, the explanatory mechanisms that underlie this sel...
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Over the past 10 years, Oosterhof and Todorov’s valence–dominance model has emerged as the most prominent account of how people evaluate faces on social dimensions. In this model, two dimensions (valence and dominance) underpin social judgements of faces. Because this model has primarily been developed and tested in Western regions, it is unclear w...
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One research line in criminal behavior studies 2D:4D ratio as predictor of aggression and violent behavior, given that there are sexually dimorphic behaviors associated with the influence of testosterone on brain organization. However, results have been mixed. The aim of this study was to explore the differences in the 2D:4D ratio among offending a...
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Voice characteristics are important to communicate socially relevant information. Recent research has shown that individuals alter their voices depending on the context of social interactions and perceived characteristics of the audience, and this affects how they are perceived. Numerous studies have also shown that the presence of bodily odours ca...
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Voice characteristics are important to communicate socially relevant information. Recent research has shown that individuals alter their voices depending on the context of social interactions and perceived characteristics of the audience, and this affects how they are perceived. Numerous studies have also shown that the presence of bodily odours ca...
Data
This R Markdown document contains the supplementary materials and methods, as well as results, including all code, and step by step detailed explanations for all analyses, figures and tables included in Leongómez, J.D., Sánchez, O.R., Vásquez-Amézquita, M., & Roberts, S.C. (2019). Contextualising courtship: Exploring male body odour effects on voca...
Data
This R Markdown document contains the code and analyses for "Self-reported Health is Related to Body Height and Waist Circumference in Rural Indigenous and Urbanised Latin-American Populations" (2020). Data available at https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/KGR5X.
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Over the last ten years, Oosterhof and Todorov’s valence-dominance model has emerged as the most prominent account of how people evaluate faces on social dimensions. In this model, two dimensions (valence and dominance) underpin social judgments of faces. Because this model has primarily been developed and tested in Western regions, it is unclear w...
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Full-text available
Body height is a life-history component. It involves important costs for its expression and maintenance, which may originate trade-offs on other costly components such as reproduction or immunity. Although previous evidence has supported the idea that human height could be a sexually selected trait, the explanatory mechanisms that underlie this sel...
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Abstract: The training in neurofeedback (NF) consists of teaching individuals to modify, adjust and enhance their brain activity pattern. The aim of our research was to evaluate the effect of training on cognitive processes, specifically executive function, and mood in a non-clinical sample. A sample of 30 female college students were assigned to t...

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Projects (4)
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To assess the predictive capacity of the visual attention pattern on sexual stimuli of negative cognitions about human sexual activity.
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This project aims at identifying if there are, and which are, the acoustic variables of the voice, face morphometrics, and body odour, that are robustly associated with health indicators, function as signals of the individual's health status and genetic quality, and play an important role in the processes of selection of partners in humans. Specific goals: 1. To determine which facial morphometric and vocal acoustic characteristics correlate with individuals' health indicators. 2. To determine if there is a positive correlation between the robust expression of sexual characteristics, levels of T or E2, and health scores. 3. To determine if the body odour of healthy individuals is perceived as more attractive, masculine/feminine and healthy. 4. To determine if the perception of attractiveness and health in faces and voices is mediated by T and E2 levels of the stimulus. 5. To determine if the facial morphometric characteristics and vocal acoustics correlated with health indicators of the individuals, are preferably selected and perceived as more attractive. 6. To establish whether the most masculine or feminine average faces manipulated to express sexually dimorphic characteristics in a robust way, are perceived as more attractive and healthier.
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Social effects of voice modulation.