Title

Sex Differentiated Preferences for Mate Characteristics in Short and Long-Term Contexts

Date

6-1-2017 8:30 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 10:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The current study investigates sex differentiated mating preferences for desired characteristics in opposite sex mates with reference to short and long-term mating contexts. An integration of evolutionary-based perspectives such as sexual selections theory, parental investment theory, and sexual strategies theory are explored to predict that (1) men will prefer physical attractiveness more than women and women will prefer good earning capacity more than men (2) men’s preference for physical attractiveness will be higher in short-term contexts than long-term contexts and women’s preference for good earning capacity will be higher in long-term contexts than short-term contexts. Male and female participants were asked to imagine that they were considering engaging in either a short-term sexual or a long-term romantic relationship with a potential mate and then further rate 13 characteristics on perceived importance. The data obtained will be analyzed by using a 2 × 2 Analysis of Variance. The conclusions drawn from the data results and future research directions will be discussed.

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Jun 1st, 8:30 AM Jun 1st, 10:30 AM

Sex Differentiated Preferences for Mate Characteristics in Short and Long-Term Contexts

WUC Pacific Room

The current study investigates sex differentiated mating preferences for desired characteristics in opposite sex mates with reference to short and long-term mating contexts. An integration of evolutionary-based perspectives such as sexual selections theory, parental investment theory, and sexual strategies theory are explored to predict that (1) men will prefer physical attractiveness more than women and women will prefer good earning capacity more than men (2) men’s preference for physical attractiveness will be higher in short-term contexts than long-term contexts and women’s preference for good earning capacity will be higher in long-term contexts than short-term contexts. Male and female participants were asked to imagine that they were considering engaging in either a short-term sexual or a long-term romantic relationship with a potential mate and then further rate 13 characteristics on perceived importance. The data obtained will be analyzed by using a 2 × 2 Analysis of Variance. The conclusions drawn from the data results and future research directions will be discussed.