, (1993) were the first to demonstrate the theoretical view of matechoice copying as part of human behaviour. They found that women’s attractivenessjudgments of photographs of men were influenced by low attractiveness ratingsassigned by their peers, and the presence of other women whom appeared to be interestedin a man provided valuable information about that man’s quality and offered amore accurate indication of his real mate value than any one woman could makeby herself. The historical validity of this research paper may be in question,however, it demonstrates reliability as it has later been supported by othersin the field. Hill and Buss (2008) used similar experimental methods andprocedures to Graziano et al., and to date it is one of the first and mostimportant research that demonstrated the desirabilityenhancement effect in humans.
Similarly, Uller and Johansson (2003) tested thehypothesis called wedding ring effect, that women would prefer men who arealready engaged or married, in a series of live interactions between men andwomen. However, they found contradictory results, women did not find mensignalling engagement, or perceived as having a partner, more attractive or higherin socioeconomic status. And it did not influence the women’s reportedwillingness to engage in short-term or long-term relationships with the men.Thus, this study was the one of the first to cast doubt on some simplifiedtheories of human mate-choice copying.
Moreover, Deng (2015) found thatrelationship status plays an important role in desirability assessment, in thatparticipants showed less mate choice copying when the target person was in acommitted relationship than when in a temporary relationship. On the contrary,Eva and Wood (2006) study of 38 women, found that men described as married wererated as more physically attractive than single men. However, 38 women is not abig enough sample to generalise the findings to the rest of the population. Waynforth(2007) also found support for the theory of mate choice copying behaviour inhumans. They found that women’s mate choice decision’s rule is to copy only ifa man’s female associate is physically attractive. Therefore attractiveness maybe a key player of assessment desirability. Hill and Buss (2008) painted thebigger picture and since then, the mate-choice copying theory has furthercontinued to be supported by other research and studies demonstrated indifferent settings and contexts (Jones.
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