Before taking this course, I did not realize that there was any psychology backing choosing a mate. I learned in this chapter that there are a few factors having to do with psychology that come into play when choosing a partner. Physical attractiveness being an important one for many people comes from what is known as mate value. This term is defined as a "person's characteristics that makes him or her desirable to another person as a partner." A few other attributes that fall under mate value are ambition, good sense of humor, financially secure, desire for children and many more. As shown in the the youtube video called "The Science of Sex Appeal," physical attractiveness if the first shield of finding a mate. This experiment done by Dr. Kendrick took 10 males and 10 females and gave them each a number between 1 and 10, one being the least attractive and ten being the most. The results ended up that the people with the higher numbers ended up together and the same for those with lower numbers. It was not until those with the lower numbers tried to pair with the 9's and 10's and got rejected that they began shooting for the lower numbers. Going hand in hand with having high mate value, people pick a mate based on the good gene hypothesis. This is beauty that signals good genes for the future. A few things that are thought about during the good gene hypothesis are intelligence, good immune system, healthy offspring, and good parenting. Together mate value and the good gene hypothesis are huge psychological factors in finding a partner.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYeKFW-YSrg This youtube video explains the good gene hypothesis.