Attraction and Mate Selection

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Importance of Attraction Pre-requisite for further relationship development Research supports the importance of attraction Interpersonal attraction Brings you to interact with another person
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Attraction and Rewards We are attracted to those others whose presence is rewarding to us. Direct rewards- are received from our interactions with the other person E.g. status, money, time, attention (tangible) Indirect rewards- presence of the other person is rewarding E.g. being around the other person makes you happy (intangible)
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Context for Attraction Proximity- much more likely to be attracted to somebody who is close to you Convenience- tend to be attracted to someone who is convenient to be around Familiarity- the more two individuals are to cross paths the more likely you are to be friends Power
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Physical Attractiveness Halo Effect- the idea that beautiful people are better. They have more desirable social characteristics. They are smarter, more successful, make more money, are more funny. Physically attractive people are…
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Who is Pretty? Attractiveness varies from person to person but generally similar. For women: Baby faced Signs of maturity Waist to hip ratio Men Strong jaw and forehead or baby faced Waist to hip ratio Both Men and Women Symmetrical features
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Evolutionary Perspective Assumptions Human sexual psychology has evolved over millions of years Men and women have evolved differently Sex Cells Women: ova Men: sperm
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Evolutions impact today… Women require more reliable signs of commitment before engaging in sex. Men look for cues that indicate women’s fertility. Why do men commit? Women require it Children
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What do women want? Economic capacity
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2010 for the course FSHD 237 taught by Professor Payne during the Spring '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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