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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

7

Number

1 & 2

Page Numbers

pages 28-32

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2001

Abstract

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.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

5 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 7 no. 1 & 2 2001

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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