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Loriann WilliamsDepartment of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, Canada

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Maryanne FisherDepartment of Psychology, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, Canada

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Anthony CoxDalhousie University, Canada

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Abstract

Although there exists a plethora of studies on the determinants and consequences of facial attractiveness, there exists little research on how within-individual evaluations of facial attractiveness are impacted by knowledge of a person's sexual history and the duration of the relationship they seek. Using a pre-post design, participants rated individual faces for attractiveness, and then re-evaluated the faces accompanied by a fictitious online dating advertisement, manipulated for the models’ sexual history and desired relationship duration. We found that women, more than men, were impacted by this knowledge and that desired relationship duration influences the direction of change while sexual history influences the significance of the effect. One week later, participants were presented with the same faces and asked to recall the prior information. Participants recalled more information for sexual history than for desired relationship duration with an overall mean accuracy of 64.4%. These findings are discussed using the conceptual framework offered by evolutionary psychology, particularly mate selection theory.

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Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 
Language English
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2007 (2003)
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Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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ISSN 1789-2082 (Print)
ISSN 2060-5587 (Online)

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