Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Alecia M. Santuzzi
Leonard S. Newman
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Community Psychology | Other Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology
This study investigated whether different romantic contexts would influence one’s willingness to engage in blatant benevolence or conspicuous consumption. Participants – 341 college-age students – were recruited to read written stimulus materials about interpersonal encounters with a person of the opposite sex. Each participant was then asked to respond to questionnaires, which led to atypical results in how men and women interpret ambiguous cues. Contrary to previous findings, evidence suggested women more readily wish to use costly signals in response to ambiguous romantic cues in evolving relationships as compared to men, who showed no distinction between non-romantic and ambiguously romantic cues. Men actually showed a decrease in the willingness for blatant prosocial behavior in explicitly romantic contexts.
Taube, David, "Evolutionary Mating Traits: When Costly Signals Emerge" (2009). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 489.
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