People

Luke Holmes

Graduate Laboratory Assistant
Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Psychology
 Luke Holmes

Profile

Ask me about
  • Sexual Arousal
  • Genital Plethysmography
  • Pupillometry
  • Finger Length Ratios (2D:4D)
  • Data Analysis in JMP
  • Qualtrics

Biography

I am currently exploring how both prenatal androgenisation and personality characteristics affect sexual orientation and physiological sexual arousal in women. Publications: Published: Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Raines, J., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Sexual Arousal Patterns of Identical Twins with Discordant Sexual Orientations. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 14970. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Raines, J., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Finger Length Ratios of Identical Twins with Discordant Sexual Orientations. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(8), 2435-2444. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Raines, J., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Gender Nonconformity of Identical Twins with Discordant Sexual Orientations: Evidence From Childhood Photographs. Developmental Psychology, 54(4), 788-801. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Savin-Williams, R. C., & Rieger, G. (2017). Pupil dilation to explicit and non-explicit sexual stimuli. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(1), 155-165. Under Review: Rieger, G., Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Gruia, D. C. (2019). Gender Nonconformity of Identical Twins with Discordant Sexual Orientations: Evidence from Video Recordings. Slettevold, E., Holmes, L., Gruia, D. C., Nyssen, C. P., Rieger, G. (2019). Bisexual Men with Bisexual and Monosexual Genital Arousal Patterns. Rieger, G., Holmes, L., Watts, T. M., Gruia, D. C., Bailey, J. M., Savin-Williams, R. (2019). Gender Nonconformity of Bisexual Men and Women. In Preparation: Holmes, L., Watts, T. M., Slettevold, E., Gruia, D., Raines, J., Rieger, G. (2019). Prenatal Androgen Exposure and Sexual Arousal in Women. Raines, J., Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Rieger, G. (2019). Being Transgender and Sex Atypicality. Conference Papers, Presentations and Posters: Holmes, L., Watts, T. M., Raines, J., Slettevold, E., Gillmeister, H., & Rieger, G. (2018). Prenatal androgen exposure and the masculinization of sexual arousal in women. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Madrid, Spain. Raines, J., Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Being transgender and sex atypicality: Evidence from childhood photographs. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Madrid, Spain. Slettevold, E., Watts, T. M., Raines, J., Holmes, L., & Rieger, G. (2018). The relationship between bisexuality, kinkiness and sexual curiosity. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Madrid, Spain. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Raines, J., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Finger length ratios of identical twins with discordant sexual orientations. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Madrid, Spain. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Raines, J., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2018). Sexual arousal patterns of identical twins with discordant sexual orientations. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Madrid, Spain. Holmes, L., Watts, T. M., Savin-Williams, R. C., & Rieger, G. (2017). Pupil dilation to explicit and non-explicit sexual stimuli. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Malmö, Sweden. Watts, T. M., Holmes, L., Orbell, S., & Rieger, G. (2016). The discordant development of sexual orientation in identical twins. Paper presented at the International Academy of Sex Research, Malmö, Sweden.

Qualifications

  • Psychology BSc University of Essex (2016)

  • Research Methods in Psychology MSc University of Essex (2017)

Research and professional activities

Thesis

Influences of androgenisation and personality on female sexual identity, behaviour, and arousal.

Heterosexual and bisexual women display roughly equal physiological sexual arousal to both males and females, whereas lesbians typically display stronger arousal to females than males. I hypothesise that prenatal hormonal influences affect the sexual arousal of lesbians differently than other women, and that personality characteristics – interoception and empathy – explain the differing sexual identities of heterosexual and bisexual women despite the similarity of their sexual response patterns.

Supervisor: Dr. Gerulf Rieger, , Dr. Helge Gillmeister

Research interests

Human Sexuality

Broadly, I am interested in most facets of mating psychology and behaviour in humans!

Sexual Arousal

I am interested in both physiological and psychological aspects of sexual arousal in humans, relating not only to what arousal is and how we might harness it as an objective measure of attraction, but also to what kind of stimuli we find arousing and why. The stark differences in physiological response patterns between males and females and across people of different sexual orientations are of particular interest to me, as are their developmental origins.

Sexual and Gender Behaviour

I am also interested in sexual and gender behaviour, especially gender noncoforming behaviour displayed by male and female homosexuals and how it might relate to their sexual orientation.

Contact

lholmeb@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Full time