Physical and Social Dominance in Mate Choice

Open Access
Author:
Rotella, Michelle Anne
Area of Honors:
Anthropology
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Andrew Puts, Thesis Supervisor
  • Timothy Michael Ryan, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • contest competition
  • mate choice
  • sexual selection
  • evolution
  • evolutionary psychology
  • anthropology
Abstract:
The aim of this research project is to determine the whether dominance or attractiveness plays a stronger role in mating success in males. This is to be done by utilizing affiliated group members from fraternities, taking various biological measures, self-reports, and group ratings for dominance factors. These individuals would then be rated by associated sorority members for their attractiveness. These results will then be analyzed for their role in mating success.