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Lecture 7

SOCY 273 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Cognitive Dissonance, David Buss, Evolutionary Psychology


Department
Social Sci, Edu and Soc Work - Sociology
Course Code
SOCY 273
Professor
Robyn Sattlink
Lecture
7

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SOCY 273 – Lecture 7
Evolutionary approaches to attraction:
Buss (1989):
Participants: Over 10000 adults in 37 cultures in 32 countries
Hypothesis: differences in mate selection preferences should exist between men
and women
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Methods:
Information about selves
18 characteristics on a 4 point scale (indispensable to irrelevant)
Rank 13 characteristics
Findings:
Females – money and ambition/industriousness
Males – physical attractiveness and youth
Less support for chastity. Cross cultural variation
Evaluating evolutionary psychology and attraction:
Buss reports that his research provides substantial support for his hypotheses
Contribution: empirical evidence that preferences linked to evolutionary idea.
Evolutionary psychology may operate like a paradigm
Opportunities for falsification
Global theory and failure to identify specific results
Ancestral preferences vs. contemporary context
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