Preferences in human mate selection.

  title={Preferences in human mate selection.},
  author={David M. Buss and Michael L. Barnes},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • D. BussM. Barnes
  • Published 1 March 1986
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
In this article we examine preferences in mate choice within the broader context of the human mating system. Specifically, we discuss the consequences of mate preferences for the processes of assortative mating and sexual selection. In Study 1 (N = 184) we document (a) the mate characteristics that are consensually more and less desired, (b) the mate characteristics that show strong sex differences in their preferred value, (c) the degree to which married couples are correlated in selection… 

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