Physical attractiveness

Tovee, M. J. and Cornelissen, P. L. (2016) Physical attractiveness. In: Encyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science. Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9783319169996


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One of the most fundamental problems facing an individual is mate selection: how do we choose a partner? It is important that we are sensitive to the physical cues that honestly signal that one individual is more desirable (i.e. fitter and with a better reproductive potential) than another, and use them to choose the partner which is most likely to enhance our chances of successful reproduction. The wrong choice will obviously have a negative impact on an individual's potential for reproduction, so one might expect very strong selective pressures for the development of mechanisms that accurately detect cues to health and fertility in potential partners. In this context, attractiveness is based on features that accurately index health and reproductive potential.

Keywords:Beauty, Mate Choice, Sexual Selection
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:07 Aug 2017 13:53

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