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Not surprisingly, Todd said, participants stated they wanted to find someone who was like themselves -- a socially acceptable answer.But once the sessions began, the men sought the more attractive women and the women were drawn to material wealth and security, setting their standards according to how attractive they viewed themselves.
Todd and his colleagues are conducting several other speed-dating studies that could confirm the results.
"Speed dating lets us look at a large number of mate choice decisions collected in a short amount of time," Todd said.
While humans may pride themselves on being highly evolved, most still behave like the stereotypical Neanderthals when it comes to choosing a mate, according to research by Indiana University cognitive scientist Peter Todd.
In a new study, Todd and colleagues found that though individuals may claim otherwise, beauty is the key ingredient for men while women, the much choosier of the sexes, leverage their looks for security and commitment.
Women living where rates of infectious disease are high, according to theory, prefer men with faces that shout testosterone when choosing a mate.