Mate Quality Bias: Sex Differences in Humans

  title={Mate Quality Bias: Sex Differences in Humans},
  author={Antonios Vakirtzis and Susan C. Roberts},
In mate choice copying, a male is more likely to be chosen by other females simply by being observed mating. A recent finding is that women are influenced in their assessments of men by the phenotypic quality of males' sexual partners. We recently proposed that the term ‘mate quality bias’ should be used to differentiate this phenomenon from ‘mate choice copying’. Here, under the guise of a dating preferences survey we replicated and extended some earlier results. We found that when presented… 
Women’s Sensitivity to Men’s Past Relationships: Reliable Information Use for Mate-Choice Copying in Humans
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  • A. Vakirtzis, Susan C. Roberts
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
  • 2012
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Male friends, not female company, make a man more attractive
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A gametheory model suggests that the adaptive significance of female copying may depend primarily on the ratio of the costs to the benefits of active mate choice.
Preference for older over younger models during mate-choice copying in young guppies
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Sexual Selection and Imitation: Females Copy the Mate Choice of Others
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Costs and Benefits of Female Mate Choice: Is There a Lek Paradox?
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  • D. White
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Learning & behavior
  • 2004
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