Generalization in mate-choice copying in humans

@article{Bowers2012GeneralizationIM,
  title={Generalization in mate-choice copying in humans},
  author={Robert Ian Bowers and Skyler Place and Peter M. Todd and Lars Penke and Jens B. Asendorpf},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={23},
  pages={112-124}
}
There is much evidence that humans, as other species, are affected by social information when making mate-choice decisions. Witnessing a rival show interest in a member of the opposite sex tends to lead human observers of both sexes to thereafter rate that person as more appealing as a potential mate. However, how this occurs is not well understood. We investigate whether this effect is specific to the individual witnessed or will generalize to other potential mates with shared characteristics… Expand

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