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dc.contributor.authorStreet, Sally E.
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Thomas J. H.
dc.contributor.authorThornton, Alex
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Gillian R.
dc.contributor.authorLaland, Kevin N.
dc.contributor.authorCross, Catharine P.
dc.identifier.citationStreet , S E , Morgan , T J H , Thornton , A , Brown , G R , Laland , K N & Cross , C P 2018 , ' Human mate-choice copying is domain-general social learning ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 8 , 1715 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 252002566
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85041282502
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000423428900003
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-0675-0780/work/60195731
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-8110-8408/work/60427412
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2457-0900/work/60630319
dc.descriptionResearch supported in part by an ERC Advanced Grant to K.N.L. (EVOCULTURE, ref: 232823). A.T. was supported by a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship (BB/H021817/1) and a grant from the ESRC (ES/M006042/1).en
dc.description.abstractWomen appear to copy other women’s preferences for men’s faces. This ‘mate-choice copying’ is often taken as evidence of psychological adaptations for processing social information related to mate choice, for which facial information is assumed to be particularly salient. No experiment, however, has directly investigated whether women preferentially copy each other’s face preferences more than other preferences. Further, because prior experimental studies used artificial social information, the effect of real social information on attractiveness preferences is unknown. We collected attractiveness ratings of pictures of men’s faces, men’s hands, and abstract art given by heterosexual women, before and after they saw genuine social information gathered in real time from their peers. Ratings of faces were influenced by social information, but no more or less than were images of hands and abstract art. Our results suggest that evidence for domain-specific social learning mechanisms in humans is weaker than previously suggested.
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dc.subjectMate choiceen
dc.subjectSocial learningen
dc.subjectHuman behaviouren
dc.subjectCultural evolutionen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleHuman mate-choice copying is domain-general social learningen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorEuropean Research Councilen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
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