Most young men misinterpret body-language and clothing when trying to understand if a woman is sexually attracted to them, a new study has found.

US researchers attempting to understand how women's non-verbal sexual cues - including body language and facial expressions - are interpreted, showed participants images of female models. They found that most men based their judgment on how attractive they found the woman. In contrast, women based their opinions on the models' non-verbal cues and the modesty of their clothing.

Experts hope the findings will help to prevent sexual aggression on college campuses, as a recent survey by the Association of American Universities found that 23 per cent of women experience some form of unwanted sexual contact at university.