Presentation Title

Sex Differences in Romantic Attraction: An Evolutionary Perspective

Faculty Mentor

Tara Suwinyattichaiporn

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:45 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

15-1807

Session

Social Science 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

This research explores the differences between the two sexes in romantic attraction, through an evolutionary perspective. For that purpose, a research question and two hypotheses were constructed as foundational bases for this study. The research question asks whether men and women value social attractiveness, such as personality and communicativeness, differently. Based on the evolutionary lens, the first hypothesis states that men value physical attractiveness in opposite-sex romantic partners more than women. The second hypothesis states that women value task attractiveness, such as career success and intelligence more than men. One hundred and eighty-five (N = 185) men and women participated in the study.

Keywords: Sex Differences, Romantic Attraction, Physical Attractiveness, Task Attractiveness.

Summary of research results to be presented

Once the survey data were gathered, three independent samples t-test were used to analyze the differences between groups. The independent variable was sex including two groups: men and women, and the dependent variables are three attraction types: physical, social, and task. Both hypotheses 1 and 2 were supported (p < .05), yet no difference was found in the way men and women valued social attractiveness. These findings imply that romantic attraction in the modern society still falls under the assumption of evolutionary perspective. Further implications and limitations are discussed in the study.

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Nov 18th, 10:45 AM Nov 18th, 11:00 AM

Sex Differences in Romantic Attraction: An Evolutionary Perspective

15-1807

This research explores the differences between the two sexes in romantic attraction, through an evolutionary perspective. For that purpose, a research question and two hypotheses were constructed as foundational bases for this study. The research question asks whether men and women value social attractiveness, such as personality and communicativeness, differently. Based on the evolutionary lens, the first hypothesis states that men value physical attractiveness in opposite-sex romantic partners more than women. The second hypothesis states that women value task attractiveness, such as career success and intelligence more than men. One hundred and eighty-five (N = 185) men and women participated in the study.

Keywords: Sex Differences, Romantic Attraction, Physical Attractiveness, Task Attractiveness.