Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The evolutionary hypothesis of mate selection was tested by combining traits deemed as evolutionarily valued (Cramer, Schaeffer Et Reid, 1996) with pictures showing facial features deemed as physically attractive according to the evolutionary hypothesis (Buss, 1989; Singh, 1995). Traits and pictures not congruent with the evolutionary hypothesis were also presented. Four stimulus persons were presented to ninety-one male subjects and 114 female subjects who were asked to rate their desirability as a mate. The results showed a main effect for stimulus condition, with the physical attractiveness pictures receiving the highest ratings when combined with the valued evolutionary traits, F (3, 201) = 196.34, p < .000. The results also showed a main effect for gender with male subjects' ratings being significantly higher than female subjects, F (1, 203) = 19.67, p< .000. Finally, a significant interaction indicated that females' ratings of the four stimulus persons were congruent with predictions according to the evolutionary hypothesis, while males' ratings were not F (3, 201) = 34.07, p < .000. These results offer mixed support for the evolutionary theory possibly because of changing gender roles.
BF1 .M63 v. 7 no. 1 & 2 2001
Forbes, Shirley A.; Brown, Tanacha; Adams, Timothy; and Davis, Lenore
"Sex: the defining variable in mate selection,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol7/iss1/5