Assessments of Mate Value
Mate Trait Integration to Mate Value
Previous research has established that certain traits are seen as desirable in a potential partner, such as kindness, intelligence, similarity, and health. Additionally, there are sex differences, such that women tend to place more emphasis on status and earning capacity while men place more emphasis on physical attractiveness. However, overall mate value, the holistic evaluation of a person as a potential mate, predicts many relationship outcomes. However little research examines how individual traits are integrated into overall mate value.
My research compares different proposed trait integration possibilities from both a decision-making standpoint as well as an evolutionary standpoint. My research shows that compared to other methods, a weighted additive strategy which sums the multiplied cue values and cue importance best fits peoples choices of who is more attractive and is highly accurate at predicting. This is in comparison to other proposed mechanisms, including equal weights, Euclidean distance models, threshold models, and correlational models.