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reading thought questions prelim 2

reading thought questions prelim 2 - Buston Emlen(2003 1...

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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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