Dienstag, 16. Juni 2015

How Sexually Dimorphic Are Human Mate Preferences?

How Sexually Dimorphic Are Human Mate Preferences?
Daniel Conroy-Bea, David M. Buss, Michael N. Pham, Todd K. Shackelford (2015)


Previous studies on sex-differentiated mate preferences have focused on univariate analyses. However, because mate selection is inherently multidimensional, a multivariate analysis more appropriately measures sex differences in mate preferences. We used the Mahalanobis distance (D) and logistic regression to investigate sex differences in mate preferences with data secured from participants residing in 37 cultures (n = 10,153). Sex differences are large in multivariate terms, yielding an overallD = 2.41, corresponding to overlap between the sexes of just 22.8%. Moreover, knowledge of mate preferences alone affords correct classification of sex with 92.2% accuracy. Finally, pattern-wise sex differences are negatively correlated with gender equality across cultures but are nonetheless cross-culturally robust. Discussion focuses on implications in evaluating the importance and magnitude of sex differences in mate preferences.

[See also: The Distance Between Mars and Venus: Measuring Global Sex Differences in Personality (2012)]

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