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The out-of-my-league effect

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 March 2017

Fabrice Le Lec
Affiliation:
Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, UniversitéParis-1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 75013 Paris, Francefabrice.le-lec@univ-paris1.frbeatrice.boulu-reshef@univ-paris1.frnicolas.jacquemet@univ-paris1.frhttps://www.univ-paris1.fr/recherche/page-perso/page/?tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[uid]=flelechttp://beatrice-boulu-reshef.info/http://www.nicolasjacquemet.com/
Theodore Alexopoulos
Affiliation:
Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale: Menaces et Société (EA 4471), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, Francetheodore.alexopoulos@parisdescartes.frmarie-pierre.fayant@parisdescartes.frhttp://www.alexopoulos.sitew.com/#Home.Ahttp://www.mpfayant.sitew.com/#Home.A
Béatrice Boulu-Reshef
Affiliation:
Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, UniversitéParis-1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 75013 Paris, Francefabrice.le-lec@univ-paris1.frbeatrice.boulu-reshef@univ-paris1.frnicolas.jacquemet@univ-paris1.frhttps://www.univ-paris1.fr/recherche/page-perso/page/?tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[uid]=flelechttp://beatrice-boulu-reshef.info/http://www.nicolasjacquemet.com/
Marie-Pierre Fayant
Affiliation:
Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale: Menaces et Société (EA 4471), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, Francetheodore.alexopoulos@parisdescartes.frmarie-pierre.fayant@parisdescartes.frhttp://www.alexopoulos.sitew.com/#Home.Ahttp://www.mpfayant.sitew.com/#Home.A
Franck Zenasni
Affiliation:
Laboratoire Adaptations Travail Individu (EA4469), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France.franck.zenasni@parisdescartes.frtodd.lubart@parisdescartes.frhttp://recherche.parisdescartes.fr/LATI/Membres/Membres-statutaires/Franck-Zenasni-Prhttp://ecolesdoctorales.parisdescartes.fr/ed261/Equipes-de-recherche/Composition-des-equipes/Laboratoire-Adaptations-Travail-Individu
Todd Lubart
Affiliation:
Laboratoire Adaptations Travail Individu (EA4469), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France.franck.zenasni@parisdescartes.frtodd.lubart@parisdescartes.frhttp://recherche.parisdescartes.fr/LATI/Membres/Membres-statutaires/Franck-Zenasni-Prhttp://ecolesdoctorales.parisdescartes.fr/ed261/Equipes-de-recherche/Composition-des-equipes/Laboratoire-Adaptations-Travail-Individu
Nicolas Jacquemet
Affiliation:
Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, UniversitéParis-1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 75013 Paris, Francefabrice.le-lec@univ-paris1.frbeatrice.boulu-reshef@univ-paris1.frnicolas.jacquemet@univ-paris1.frhttps://www.univ-paris1.fr/recherche/page-perso/page/?tx_oxcspagepersonnel_pi1[uid]=flelechttp://beatrice-boulu-reshef.info/http://www.nicolasjacquemet.com/

Abstract

When taking into account the chances of success, strategic mating motivations do imply a bias not toward the most attractive individuals, but toward average or mildly attractive individuals, undermining the explanation of Maestripieri et al. at a fundamental level. This leaves open the possibility of alternative explanations and calls for a full-fledged explicit model of courtship behavior.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2017 

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