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University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

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Las Vegas (Nev.)


Much literature suggests that the sociosexual strategies of females are highly sensitive and consequently responsive to change and its parameters. Through the investigation of an unexplored contextual variant—health status—this study aimed to broaden the understanding of the facultative nature of human female sociosexuality and mate preferences paradigms. We recruited normally cycling women between the ages of 18 and 30 when they were sick (A) had them complete a questionnaire designed to obtain, among other things, measures of their symptom severity and sociosexuality (B) had them evaluate the appeal of two computer manipulated markers of sexual dimorphism (those present in the faces of men and those in the pitch of their voices), and lastly asked those same women to complete the same measures two weeks later when they were recovered. Reported here are the statistically significant findings and evolutionary explanations of the sociosexual differences participants reported between the sick and recovered conditions. Specifically, significant contrasts existed for four measures of sociosexuality (comfort having casual sex with multiple partners, present attire proceptivity, self-assessed mate value, and reported degree of sexual desire). These preliminary findings suggest more research on the influence health status has on human female sexuality and its other moderators, is warranted.


Diseases; Health; Women—Sexual behavior


Community-Based Research | Gender and Sexuality | Medicine and Health | Other Sociology | Sociology

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Mentor: Peter B. Gray


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