Bachelor of Arts
Department or Program
Science, Technology, and Society Program
This thesis examines how evolutionary psychologists study human mating preferences and strategies: the theories they test, the methods they use, and how they analyze their findings. Women’s long-term mate preferences for high status, tall, investing men with resources and men’s long-term mate preferences for young, beautiful women are discussed and critiqued. Evolutionary psychologists’ focus on and exaggeration of sex differences as well as the controversial nature of their claims illustrate the need for a multitude of perspectives in the scientific study of human mating. Two models for study are compared: the male competition, female choice (MCFC) model and the mutual mate choice (MMC) model. An MMC perspective may be important in correcting the overemphasis on sex differences in evolutionary psychology’s study of mating preferences and strategies.
Walter, Kathryn V., "Moving Towards a Nuanced Understanding of Human Mating Preferences and Strategies: A Critique of Evolutionary Psychologists’ Emphasis on Sex Differences" (2015). Senior Capstone Projects. 405.