Oh, Brother: What Do We Find Attractive In A Romantic Partner?
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My research interests include experimentally examining the influence of family members on mate choice in an evolutionary context. More specifically, how the appearance of parents can influence attraction to future mates.
I am also interested in the notion of victim blaming in criminal cases, specifically rape and sexual assault, and the effect a defendant's attractiveness can have on victim blame and guilt judgements.

                       

Oh, Brother: What Do We Find Attractive In A Romantic Partner?

The question of what we find attractive in a romantic partner is a curious one. Why are hourglass figures, a clear complexion, or a toned physique so enticing? Some evidence suggests that we have evolved over time to find these traits attractive as they denote a benefit to the beholder1 — youth, fertility, parasite or pathogen resistance — and this signals “good” genes for your potential offspring2. While we may no longer live in the times of cavemen, these cues...

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