The following students have presented or are scheduled to present their research across various disciplines in psychology including Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology
Niazi, Meena., Frankinburger, Ellie., Mentor: Cousins, A.J., *Blydenburg, D. & Fugère, M.A. (2017, June). Experimental Manipulation of Perceived Mate Availability: Assessment of Intrasexual Competition and Mate Retention Tactics. Poster presented at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society meeting. Binghamton, NY.
Mentor: Leszczynski, J. P. & DeFelice, Kaylee (May, 2017). Gender, romance, and dating assertiveness across the lifespan. Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
Mentor: Fugère, M. A., Doucette, Kaitlynn., Chabot, Caitlynn.,* & Cousins, A. J. (2017, January). The Mate Preferences of Women and their Parents are Impacted by Men’s Physical Attractiveness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
The Mate Preferences of Women and their Parents are Impacted by Men’s Physical Attractiveness
Women (N = 52, aged 15-29, M=18.88) rated the attractiveness and dating desirability of three men (attractive, moderately attractive, and unattractive) whose photographs were paired with three different personality profiles (friendly, dependable, and mature; pleasing disposition, ambitious, and intelligent; and respectful, trustworthy, and honest). Women’s parents (38 mothers and 18 fathers) indicated their opinions of the men as potential mates for their daughters. Based upon previous research (Buunk & Solano, 2010; Dubbs et al., 2013; Apostolou, 2008), we expected that physical attractiveness would be more important to women and that personality traits would be more important to parents. We found both women and their parents were strongly impacted by the physical attractiveness of the men’s photographs, but not by the personality descriptions accompanying those photographs. The implications of this research are discussed in terms of necessities vs. luxuries (Eastwick & Finkel, 2008; Li et al., 2013).