"Furthermore, we would like to track the gaze of people in a more naturalistic setting, not just in front of a computer screen, as they choose their mates, perhaps to see where people look when trying to pick up a date at a bar or when speed dating," Yorzinski added.
Yorzinski and her colleague Michael Platt detailed their findings online Feb.
Still, "we actually told subjects that the couples they were viewing were no longer together," Yorzinski said.
"We didn't want to create a study about competition with someone already in a relationship, which would involve all kinds of issues." As such, these findings could actually help singles.
It was time to find a mountain man, a guy who could chop wood, rappel down an ice face, and run a wild river.
Why not hunt for him the 21st-century wayon the Web?
In the past few years, I'd gone out with a media exec who was afraid of the ocean and brought his mother along on our second date.
Copying others could prove beneficial, especially for inexperienced individuals that mimic more experienced ones.
Still, little is known about what underlies this behavior in any species. To see if humans copy others as well, scientists had 30 male and 30 female volunteers who all described themselves as straight rate how attractive they found photos of 36 men and 36 women.
Animals often choose mates by imitating the choices of others.
For instance, female guppies typically prefer brightly colored males, but will switch to favoring drab ones if they see other females mating with them.
Or perhaps if women doing online dating Web sites are pictured with attractive boyfriends, that would help them get more responses with their ads." The researchers noted they only focused on the physical attractiveness of the partner, and that future research could investigate whether other aspects, such as personality, might also influence desires.