Title

Short-term mate poaching in heterosexual men: The effect of dissimilarity in couples attractiveness and mate poaching

Publication Date

2017

Journal

EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium

First Page

58

Last Page

69

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Short-term poaching allows men to gain reproductive benefits with a mated woman without the costs of commitment (Schmitt & Buss, 2001). The current research explores whether men target mated women for short-term poaches as a function of their and their partners’ relative physical attractiveness. By manipulating a hypothetical couple’s attractiveness discrepancy we found that men were more willing to strategically short-term poach mated women who were significantly more attractive than their mates compared to mated women who were equally or less attractive than their mates.

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