Different cognitive processes underlie human mate choices and mate preferences.

@article{Todd2007DifferentCP,
  title={Different cognitive processes underlie human mate choices and mate preferences.},
  author={Peter M. Todd and Lars Penke and Barbara Fasolo and Alison P. Lenton},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 38},
  pages={
          15011-6
        }
}
Based on undergraduates' self-reports of mate preferences for various traits and self-perceptions of their own levels on those traits, Buston and Emlen [Buston PM, Emlen ST (2003) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100:8805-8810] concluded that modern human mate choices do not reflect predictions of tradeoffs from evolutionary theory but instead follow a "likes-attract" pattern, where people choose mates who match their self-perceptions. However, reported preferences need not correspond to actual mate… CONTINUE READING

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