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Chat-up lines as male sexual displays

Bale, Christopher, Morrison, Rory and Caryl, Peter G. (2006) Chat-up lines as male sexual displays. Personality and Individual Differences, 40 (4). pp. 655-664. ISSN 01918869

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Abstract

Chat-up lines, and other openings used to initiate a relationship with a woman, can be viewed as male displays. How well does their effectiveness accord with predictions from evolutionary psychology? 205 undergraduates (142 female, 63 male) rated 40 vignettes; in each vignette, a man approached a woman and the raters judged whether she would continue the conversation. Openings involving jokes, empty compliments and sexual references received poor ratings. Those revealing, e.g., helpfulness, generosity, athleticism, ‘culture’ and wealth, were highly rated. Although the length of the vignette—confounded here with item content—affected the rating, differences remained after the effects of length were eliminated. The success of openings which demonstrated culture was predicted from Miller’s (2000) ‘mating mind’ hypothesis; the success of others could be predicted from patterns of parental investment

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2009 15:34
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2010 16:49
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5649

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