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Are Women’s Mate Preferences for Altruism Also Influenced by Physical Attractiveness?

Farrelly, Daniel ORCID:, Clemson, P. and Guthrie, M. (2016) Are Women’s Mate Preferences for Altruism Also Influenced by Physical Attractiveness? Evolutionary Psychology, 14 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN Online: 1474-7049

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Altruism plays a role in mate choice, particularly in women’s preferences, and particularly for long-term relationships. The current study analyzed how these preferences interacted with another important mate choice variable, physical attractiveness. Here, female participants were presented with photographs of men of varying levels of physical attractiveness, alongside descriptions of them behaving either altruistically or not in different scenarios. The results showed women preferred altruistic men, particularly in long-term relationships, and that this interacted with physical attractiveness such that being both attractive and altruistic made a man more desirable than just the sum of the two desirable parts. Also, being altruistic made low attractive men more desirable, but only for long-term relationships. Finally, men who were just altruistic were rated more desirable than men who were just attractive, especially for long-term relationships. Overall these findings are discussed in terms of the role of altruism in mate choice, particularly in long-term relationships and directions of future research.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: altruism, attractiveness, cooperation, mate choice, relationship length, sexual selection
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Copyright Info: Open Access article
Depositing User: Daniel Farrelly
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 14:06
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 10:08

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