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The association between life history strategy and mate preference in men
Hui Jing Lu1; Kam-chuen Wong1; Lei Chang2
2017-04-28
Source PublicationPersonality and Individual Differences
ABS Journal Level3
ISSN0191-8869
Volume116Pages:157-163
Abstract

The function of life history (LH) strategies acquired in response to ambient conditions during childhood is to maximize reproductive success. Mate preferences that facilitate reproductive goals should thus vary with LH strategies. In two studies, male participants completed measures of LH and mate preferences regarding fertility and good genes, fidelity and good mothers, and modernity and good provisioning (Study 1) or a face identification task designed to assess perceptual sensitivity toward neoteny representing fertility (Study 2). Results showed that men identified as of fast LH preferred physically attractive women and prioritized fertility and good genes over fidelity and good mothers in their mate selections. Moreover, they were sensitive to female fertility features, as evidenced by them spending less time identifying odd faces that differed from other faces in terms of neoteny. These findings suggest that men of faster LH are more likely to invest in mating than parenting and preferred mates of high reproductive potential over those representing high parental investment.

KeywordGood Genes Good Mothers Good Providers Life History Mate Preference
DOI10.1016/j.paid.2017.04.047
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WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Social
WOS IDWOS:000404490800024
PublisherPERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
Affiliation1.The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2.University of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hui Jing Lu,Kam-chuen Wong,Lei Chang. The association between life history strategy and mate preference in men[J]. Personality and Individual Differences,2017,116:157-163.
APA Hui Jing Lu,Kam-chuen Wong,&Lei Chang.(2017).The association between life history strategy and mate preference in men.Personality and Individual Differences,116,157-163.
MLA Hui Jing Lu,et al."The association between life history strategy and mate preference in men".Personality and Individual Differences 116(2017):157-163.
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