Buston & Emlen (2003)1. One premise of this paper is based on the argument that "a strategy more likely to lead to stable long-term pairing would be to assess one's own relative quality as a mate ... and choose a partner of similar quality (pg. 91)"? Does this argument make sense? Is the evidence convincing? What alternative means of mate selection are there? 2. The authors test two hypotheses: a likes-attract and a reproductive-potentials-attract. What is the evidence for each? Is one more supported than the other? 3. This study relies on perceived quality of oneself as a mate and perceived quality of another as a mate. How do you think the results would change were this examined with actual self and mate quality?Fletcher et al (2004).1. What are the sex differences in preferences for warm/trustworthiness, status/resources and attractiveness/vitality? What are the sex similarities? 2. Is there evidence that women are just choosier in their selection of mates than men?
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