The Unspoken Communication of Information Regarding Potential Mate Value

McNee, Daniel (2013). The Unspoken Communication of Information Regarding Potential Mate Value Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author McNee, Daniel
Thesis Title The Unspoken Communication of Information Regarding Potential Mate Value
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Shelli Dubbs
Total pages 79
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Humans have a strong evolutionary predisposition to prefer the physically attractive. Physical attractiveness is not only indicative of high gene quality and health, but those display such characteristics are attributed more positive qualities. Ancestrally, males and females had different goals to achieve when selecting a mate. Men prefer fidelity and youth while women prefer status and wealth; both reflective of their different reproductive goals. Traits which males desire are often directly observable. Comparatively, the traits preferred by females require closer investigation. In the phenomenon known as mate copying, women assess the quality of a potential through those who are the product of a successful mate search. Men tend not to mate copy as those close to the individual are indicative of heightened potential competition. This avoidance of rival competition was uncovered when assessing attractiveness ratings and messages sent by males on the dating website OkCupid. The more men disagreed on a woman’s attractiveness, the more messages she received. The present employed online dating profiles, manipulating the range of ratings of attractiveness to explore the gender specific modes of social information transfer. Participants completed a priming measure in which they recalled an experience of acceptance or rejection in dating scenario. It was hypothesized that men would show preference for profiles with more variance (wider range) in ratings; indicative of lesser competition. Women should prefer profiles will less variance (smaller range), suggestive of greater competition. Desire towards a target was measured using participant’s ratings of attractiveness and intentions to message the individual. Results found a trending two-way interaction between gender and range condition in regard to intentions to message potential dates, though not attractiveness ratings.
Keyword unspoken communication
mate value

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