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persoc - personality and social relationships

Knowing your own mate value:

New paper on sex-specific personality effects on the accuracy of expected mate choices now in press in Psychological Science (07.04.2011)

Back, M. D., Penke, L., Schmukle, S. C., & Asendorpf, J. B. (in press). Knowing your own mate value: Sex-specific personality effects on the accuracy of expected mate choices. Psychological Science.

Abstract: Knowing one’s mate value (mate value accuracy) is an important psychological mechanism that ultimately fosters reproductive success. Here, we investigated interindividual differences in this ability within a real-life speed-dating context. A total of 190 men and 192 women filled out a personality questionnaire and participated in speed-dating sessions. Immediately after each date, choices and expected choices were recorded. In line with evolutionarily informed hypotheses, sociosexually unrestricted men and more agreeable women showed greater mate value accuracy. Results have important implications for understanding mating behavior and the origin of sex differences in personality.