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According to the authors, an evolutionary perspective takes "the long view—how people act today is based on behavior patterns that evolved from our species' hominid past." Explain how the evolutionary concept of reproductive fitness is related to attraction and love in men and women. Describe some of the criticisms that have been offered against the evolutionary theory of attraction.

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Since the beginning of time, mankind and womankind have been looking for a mate possessing specific traits. One theory is that a person is attracted to a person with similar traits as their own, and yet another theory believes that a person is attracted to someone with opposite traits. Scott Gustafson's theory was that we are attracted to someone who is similar to our ideal self. This theory combines the two theories in that we are attracted to those of similar traits and those that ...

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Discusses the Evolutionary theory of attraction as well as some of the criticisms of this theory.

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2. When college students were randomly paired for a dance, and then asked how much they would like to date their dance partner, their responses were primarily determined by the partner's intelligence; attractiveness; friendliness; OR flirtatiousness?

3. Standards of attractiveness of female body size vary among cultures; vary among historical eras; seem to involve a constant waist-to-hip ratio across cultures; OR all 3?

4. It is generally true that people who live far apart tend to find one another more attractive; opposites attract; people with similar characteristics and interests are attached to one another; OR people who differ on some critical dimension, such as skill in sports, are attracted to one another?

5. Bob is attracted to Louise, a woman in his class. Research suggests that if he wants Louise to be attracted to him, he should what? Is it play up the way in which they differ from each other; express similar interests to hers; exclaim his love for her in class; OR be coy and ignore her?

6. Evolutionary theorists argue that women should be more discriminating than men in choosing sexual partners because our cultural norms dictate that women should be more reticent in sexual matters than men; there is more variability in the reproductive potential of men than in the reproductive potential of women; women have learned that men cannot always be trusted to fulfill their parental responsibilities; OR a woman's biological investment in children is greater than a man's?

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