Romantic Partner Preferences for Facial Cues of Symmetry and Masculinity

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Title:
Romantic Partner Preferences for Facial Cues of Symmetry and Masculinity
Author:
Otter, Sarah Frederike
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In this quasi-experiment, the relations among life history (LH) strategy, facial symmetry, and facial masculinity were studied. Subject LH was self-reported, and the facial symmetry and masculinity of male images were experimentally manipulated. There are two extremes of LH speed: slow and fast. The goal was to determine what female participants find attractive: symmetry, masculinity, or a combination of both. Such traits are used to assess the quality of potential mates. The females found slow LH strategy males as well as the combination of slow LH strategy and masculine features to be more attractive. However, females that were themselves more attractive, based on self-reports, had lower ratings of attractiveness for the males overall. Health of the female participants also impacted their ratings of the males. Healthier females had generally higher ratings for the males. This study also supported the validity of a self-constructed survey (SRIF) to assess participant immunocompetence.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleRomantic Partner Preferences for Facial Cues of Symmetry and Masculinityen_US
dc.creatorOtter, Sarah Frederikeen_US
dc.contributor.authorOtter, Sarah Frederikeen_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this quasi-experiment, the relations among life history (LH) strategy, facial symmetry, and facial masculinity were studied. Subject LH was self-reported, and the facial symmetry and masculinity of male images were experimentally manipulated. There are two extremes of LH speed: slow and fast. The goal was to determine what female participants find attractive: symmetry, masculinity, or a combination of both. Such traits are used to assess the quality of potential mates. The females found slow LH strategy males as well as the combination of slow LH strategy and masculine features to be more attractive. However, females that were themselves more attractive, based on self-reports, had lower ratings of attractiveness for the males overall. Health of the female participants also impacted their ratings of the males. Healthier females had generally higher ratings for the males. This study also supported the validity of a self-constructed survey (SRIF) to assess participant immunocompetence.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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