Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Study shows men prefer less intelligent women, but only for short-term relationships

Thu, May 24, 2012

Evolutionary psychology graduate student Cari Goetz is the lead investigator of a study on mating that showed men prefer women they perceive to be easily pressured into having sex, women who demonstrate "cues to exploitability", such as being sleepy, silly, less intelligent or inert. However, men show this preference only for short-term relationships. When seeking a long-term relationship, they look for more intelligent and alert women. The study will be published in Evolution and Human Behavior. Cari has been working in the Buss Lab since 2007. 
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