Own attractiveness and perceived relationship quality shape sensitivity in women’s memory for other men on the attractiveness dimension

Christopher D. Watkins, Mike J. Nicholls, Carlota Batres, Dengke Xiao, Sean Talamas, David I. Perrett

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    Abstract

    Although memory for opposite-sex attractiveness appears to be weaker when in a relationship, romantic relationship quality varies over time. Here, we tested whether activating concerns about relationship quality strengthens memory for attractive faces, by exposing women to faces manipulated in attractiveness before priming positive or negative relationship quality. We examined the extent to which women could distinguish between seen versus unseen versions (more or less attractive than original) of studied identities (sensitivity in memory). Good relationship quality strengthened hit rate regardless of the sex or attractiveness of face. Women were sensitive to female attractiveness but had biased memories for male attractiveness (e.g. according to psychometric relationship quality). Moreover, attractive women were sensitive to male attractiveness, while their less-attractive peers were more likely to remember women as more attractive and men as less attractive than their original image.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017
    Event29th Human Behavior & Evolution Society - Boise, United States
    Duration: 31 May 20173 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 29th
    https://www.hbes.com/portfolio-item/29th-annual-hbes-conference/

    Conference

    Conference29th Human Behavior & Evolution Society
    Abbreviated titleHBES
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBoise
    Period31/05/173/06/17
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