Journal article

Does the Quality of Mating Competitors Affect Socio-Political Attitudes? An Experimental Test

Francesca R Luberti, Khandis R Blake, Robert C Brooks

Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020


Objectives: Individual differences in socio-political attitudes can reflect mating interests, and attitudes can also shift in response to mating market cues, including mating competitor quality. In four experiments, we tested whether competitors’ attractiveness (Experiments 1F&1M) and income (Experiments 2F&2M) would influence socio-political attitudes (participants’ self-reported attitudes towards promiscuity and sexual liberalism, traditional gender roles, and the minimum wage and healthcare). Methods: We collected data from American participants online through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (total N = 787). In all experiments, each participant was randomly assigned to one of four experimental t..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (DP160100459) and the University of New SouthWales internal funds. The funding sources were not involved in the implementation of the research project.