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  • 1 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • 2 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89154, USA
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Abstract

The study tested the proposition that relationship length influences female perceptions about the co-occurrence of traits in prospective mates. It was hypothesized that females when choosing short-term mates would infer that beautiful males possess positive personality traits and, alternatively, females when choosing long-term mates would infer dominant males possess other positive personality traits. To test the hypothesis, female university students viewed a target male that was available for either a long- or a short-term relationship. The target male's physical attractiveness and dominance was systematically manipulated. As predicted, females inferred physically attractive males were more intelligent and kind when evaluating potential short-term mates. When evaluating potential long-term mates the females inferred socially dominant males were more intelligent and kind.

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