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Unformatted text preview: Attraction + Intimate Relationships • Theories Explaining Sexual Attraction o Evolution and Attraction o Social Role Theory • Intimate Relationships o Who is Happy? o Who is Stable? • Female attractiveness from an Evolutionary Perspective o Features that mark fertility and good genes are attractive to men o Female Faces Bilateral Symmetry Large Eyes Small Nose Small Chin Prominent cheekbones o Low Waist-to-Hip ratio (~.7) • Male Attractiveness from an Evolutionary Perspective o Features that mark wealth + status are attractive to women o Features that mark good genes are attractive to women o Male Faces: Bilateral symmetry Large chin Prominent cheekbones o Male Scent • Buss’s “37 Cultures” Study o Based on evolutionary arguments, Buss predicted: MEN will value: • Youth • Beauty • Homemaking skills • Chastity WOMEN will value: • Wealth • Intelligence • Status • Age o Findings: Where they differed: • Men Valued (more than women) o Good health o Refinement, neatness o Good looks o Good cook and housekeep •...
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- Fall '08
- Social Psychology, Physical attractiveness, Interpersonal relationship, Social penetration theory, Social Role Theory