• Conceptualizing and defining romantic love

      Krass, Justin K. (2007-05-09)
      Two studies investigated how individuals conceptualize romantic love using the Love Word Conceptualization Survey to examine how strongly 119 emotions, behaviors, and attitudes were associated with romantic love. Study 1 had 54 participants and study 2 had 320 participants. The results of both studies suggest that individuals mainly associate positive attributes with romantic love and are less likely to associate negative attributes with it. Furthermore, quality communication and nurturing physical behaviors appear to be key components of how individuals conceptualize romantic love. Principal components analyses suggest that there may be a positive emotions factor of romantic love, as well as a negative emotions factor. The results are congruent with the theory that the concept of romantic love is prototypically organized.
    • Hot stuff! : the evolutionary psychology behind the attractivness of volunteer firefighters

      Primavera, Nicholas J. (2019-08)
      Research has demonstrated a clear relationship between riskiness and reported levels of general attractiveness. Research has also explored the perceived attractiveness of altruistic behaviors of males and females. No previous study has examined if these same findings apply to members of the volunteer fire service. The current study sought to examine this question, by presenting heterosexual females with pictures and biographies of volunteer firefighters, manipulating the firefighter's riskiness and altruism to measure differences in their levels of perceived attraction. The pictures either showed the model in the traditional gear of the firefighter, the dress uniform, or plain clothes. The biography paired with these pictures either depicted a risky firefighter, an altruistic firefighter, or it simply included that they are a firefighter. Dispositional measures included personality assessment to account for potential individual differences in the relationship between these factors. In general, communal biography cues were found to be most attractive for a long-term relationship, and were rated highest on the Parenting Effort scale. Further, Risky biography cues were found to be most attractive for a brief sexual affair, and were rated highest on the Mating Effort scale
    • Is he the one?: courtship as a mechanism to predict male long-term commitment

      Freuman, Ari (2012-09)
      Human courtship is a process whereby one tries to seek the affections of another, usually with the intent of marriage (Merriam-Webster, 2012). In modern society, courtship appears to be a universal precursor to marriage: In nearly all marriages (or other formal romantic unions), males provide some form of courtship, lasting from several weeks to years (Surra, 1985). Courtship can take several forms, but in the context of long-term mating, it is nearly always characterized by a male who invests his time or resources toward a female (Surra, 1985). Although, in specific contexts females may court males though specific courtship display (Geher & Miller, 2007), this study focuses on the courtship of females by males.