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Title: The Effect of Attractiveness on Food Sharing Preferences in Human Mating Markets
Authors: Stirrat, Michael
Gumert, Michael
Perrett, David I
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Keywords: food sharing
mating market
facial attractiveness
mate choice
sexual selection
condition dependence
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: Ian Pitchford and Robert M Young
Citation: Stirrat M, Gumert M & Perrett DI (2011) The Effect of Attractiveness on Food Sharing Preferences in Human Mating Markets, Evolutionary Psychology, 9 (1), pp. 79-91.
Abstract: The current study explored how physical attractiveness affects food sharing by studying payment preferences for hypothetical romantic dinner dates (a hypothetical mating market). We analyzed payment preferences, self-rated attractiveness, and rated attractiveness for hypothetical dates in 416 participants. We hypothesized that (1) men would be more likely to prefer to pay than would women, (2) attractive individuals of both sexes would be less willing to pay, and (3) preferences to enter an exchange would be influenced by the attractiveness of prospective partners such that (3a) men would prefer to pay for attractive women, and (3b) women would prefer to be paid for by attractive men. All hypotheses were supported by our results. Individuals with higher self-rated attractiveness were more likely to prefer that their date would pay for the meal, and we found clear sex differences in how the attractiveness of potential dates affected payment preferences. Male participants preferred to pay for dates that had higher facial attractiveness, while female participants preferred that attractive men would pay. Individuals show condition dependent financial preferences consistent with the provisioning hypothesis in this mating market that are adaptive to evaluations of their own quality and that of prospective partners.
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Affiliation: Psychology
Nanyang Technological University
University of St Andrews

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