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Descriptive statistics and intercorrelations of study variables per sex with Cohen's ds for sex differences.

Descriptive statistics and intercorrelations of study variables per sex with Cohen's ds for sex differences.

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Are intelligent, creative, and emotionally competent people more desirable? Evolution-based theories and studies on the ideal partner suggest that they are. We aimed to assess whether verbal, numerical, and spatial intelligence, creativity, and intra- and interpersonal emotional competence are associated with higher real-life mate appeal. In speed...

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... mean attractiveness rating across all external raters showed a strong correlation with speed-dating attractiveness ratings (r = 0.7) but only a small correlation with likeability ratings from speed dating (r = 0.2), whereas speed-dating attractiveness ratings correlated highly with likability ratings from the score cards (r = 0.53). This confirmed our decision to use externally rated attractiveness in our analyses (for correlations of speed-dating ratings of attractiveness, likability, and funniness with all main variables see Table 1). ...
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... conducting the analyses, we removed ratings from 55 encounters, for which at least one of the two partners indicated to know the other. Table 1 displays descriptive statistics and intercorrelations for men and women separately. All speed-dating variables represent the mean per target over all perceivers. ...
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... creativity only becomes indirectly attractive at first encounters: As an example, more creative people were shown to be funnier (see also Kellner & Benedek, 2017) and humor has been associated with higher mate appeal ( Driebe et al., 2021). A look at the present study's intercorrelation matrix (Table 1) reveals that women'-s-but not men's-originality correlated with their perceived funniness, which in turn correlated with both their short-and long-term mate appeal. Interestingly, the correlation between women's ideational fluency and their perceived funniness was close to zero, speaking against this reasoning. ...
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... attractive people are assigned several positive attributes, irrespective of actually possessing them ( Langlois et al., 2000; see also Driebe et al., 2021). The intercorrelation matrix (Table 1) shows that this was also the case for the present study: More attractive people were also viewed as more verbally intelligent, creative (only men), and intra-as well as interpersonally competent. When measured objectively, only women's creativity and intrapersonal emotional competence correlated with attractiveness. ...

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... 7 These photos were used for physical attractiveness ratings that are not relevant to the present research questions (for a detailed description see Hofer et al., 2021). 8 We removed ratings from 55 dates where at least one of the two partners indicated to know the other. ...
... Todd, 1998). The centrality of physical attractiveness at first, short dates might have further impeded accuracy: Stranger-estimates in the majority of ability domains showed positive correlations-some of them as high as 0.6 to 0.7-with those of physical attractiveness (for detailed results see Hofer et al., 2021). Thus, participants might have equated their interaction partner's attractiveness with their cognitive, creative, and emotional abilities, irrespective of whether they were actually competent in these domains (see also Langlois et al., 2000). ...
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... The centrality of physical attractiveness at first, short dates might have further impeded accuracy: Stranger-estimates in the majority of ability domains showed positive correlations-some of them as high as .6 to .7-with those of of physical attractiveness (for detailed results see Hofer et al., 2021). Thus, participants might have equated their interaction partner's attractiveness with their cognitive, creative, and emotional abilities, irrespective of whether they were actually competent in these domains (see also Langlois et al., 2000). ...
... These photos were used for physical attractiveness ratings that are not relevant to the present research questions (for a detailed description seeHofer et al., 2021). ...
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Who is the best judge of a person’s abilities—the person, a knowledgeable informant or strangers just met in a 3-min speed date? To test this, we collected ability measures as well as self-, informant- and stranger-estimates of verbal, numerical and spatial intelligence, creativity, and intra- and interpersonal emotional competence from 175 young adults. While people themselves were the most accurate about the majority of their abilities, their verbal and spatial intelligence were only estimable by informants or strangers, respectively. These differences in accuracy were not accompanied by differences in the domains’ relevance to people’s self-worth or observability to strangers. These results indicate self-other knowledge asymmetries for abilities but raise questions about the reasons behind these asymmetries.