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Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 113-124.

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1 Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

2 Sexual selection- Males tend to compete for more access to mates & females tend to be more selective of their mates than males Since female investment & reproduction are costly, females can increase Darwinian fitness by carefully selecting mates that provide good genes, etc… Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

3 Physical competition through sport is an important invisible way that males compete amongst each other such as demonstrating speed & strength Level of performance that a male attains within a sporting context may provide an honest signal of his physical condition with respect to motivation, competitiveness, and athletic ability Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

4 1. Females will prefer team sport athletes over both individual sport athletes and non athletes 2. Males of high status will be preferred over males with low status 3. Physically attractive males will be preferred over less attractive males Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

5 282 female undergraduate students ages Used picture and description of two possible Caucasian males either high or low in attractiveness, and one of six possible descriptions Using those, they were asked to rate the attractiveness based on black & white, non-smiling pictures Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

6 Information contained in the description were highlighted to type of sport involvement of the individual Also contained information on status Assessed female willingness to engage in various levels of relationships with the depicted male (Will you go on a date with this person? Short term relationship? Sexual intercourse? Long term relationship?) Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

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9 Overall sport participation may be an important cue for female mate choice because males can display qualities such as physical prowess and agility Females can assess male quality through status of ranking on the team such as captain vs. bench warmer Females prefer dominant males as short term partners& prefer males that are more willing and able to invest in offspring as long term mates Team sport athletes are more desirable because their behavior may better indicate their abilities in terms of parental investment Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,

10 Since the study was done through pictures, personality did not factor in at all The questions asked seemed to have been bias to produce stated hypothesis Women have different taste in men Some sports are more violent than others The women chosen to participate may have been athletic themselves which paves the way for bias; not all women love jocks Schulte-Hostedde, A.I., Eys, M.A., & Johnson,K. (2008). Femalemate choice is influenced by male sport participation. Evolutionary Psychology, 6,


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