Memetics, Terror Management Theory, and Female Mate Selection

Brimm, Colin and Burke , Brian (2010) Memetics, Terror Management Theory, and Female Mate Selection. [Abstract]

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Memes are theoretical cultural replicators. Memetics as a discipline may offer insights into human evolution, particularly as a biological explanation for culture. If memes are real, they should have played a large role in human evolution and should matter with regards to sexual selection. Terror Management Theory (TMT) offers insights into culture as well, positing that humans under fear of death will invest more heavily within their cultural icons. This experiment sought to discover the degree to which memes might influence mate selection in females. Participants were 56 Women of mixed age and race from Fort Lewis College. TMT components were added to see whether or not a mortality salience (MS) prime would influence mate selection. Experiment was conducted through survey. Women were exposed to a MS prime (or a dental pain control) and then asked to rate the perceived attractiveness of three male profiles constructed by the experimenter. Results supported the Memetics component of the experiment. There were no significant results for TMT.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 5th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Memetics, Mate Selection, Mortality, Self-evaluation, Self-esteem, Fear Of Death, Death -- Psychological Aspects, Life Cycle, Human, Death Instinct, Terror Management Theory, Mortality, Death, Death Attitudes, Fort Lewis College, Mortality Salience (MS), Memes, Memetics
Subjects: NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 08:42
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 08:42

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