Female Mate Copying: Measuring the Effect of Mate-Relevant Information Provided by Former Partners

  title={Female Mate Copying: Measuring the Effect of Mate-Relevant Information Provided by Former Partners},
  author={Emma M Scammell and Ryan C. Anderson},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychological Science},
One of the most important decisions an individual can make is to invest in a relationship. For women, the process of mate selection can be time-intensive, and fraught with costs and dangers. However, these risks can be minimised by modelling the mate choices of others. The propensity to imitate another’s mate choices is referred to as mate copying. Most research has focused on this behaviour in nonhumans, but evidence of its existence in humans is emerging. In the current study, 750 women… 

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