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The out-of-my-league effect

  • Fabrice Le Lec (a1), Theodore Alexopoulos (a2), Béatrice Boulu-Reshef (a1), Marie-Pierre Fayant (a2), Franck Zenasni (a3), Todd Lubart (a3) and Nicolas Jacquemet (a1)...

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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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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