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A test of Miller’s aesthetic fitness hypothesis

Clegg, H.; Nettle, D. and Miell, D. (2008). A test of Miller’s aesthetic fitness hypothesis. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6(2) pp. 101–115.

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Abstract

Miller has argued that artworks act as fitness indicators in mate choice. However, there has been little empirical work to support or refute this assertion. This study aims to rectify this and in so doing to develop a novel method to consider whether observers of art are able to accurately assess the qualities of the artist and to use these judgements in mate choice. Fifty-one females rated six males on creativity, intelligence, attractiveness, dexterity and personality through assessment of experimental artworks they had produced. They then indicated which of the artists they would most like to go out on a date with and why. Results provided some support for the aesthetic fitness hypothesis and highlighted possible improvements to the method which has the potential to be an effective way in which to evaluate potential fitness indicators in mate choice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: aesthetic indicator hypothesis, sexual selection, fitness indicator, artist, artwork, creativity, personality, mate choice
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 12935
Depositing User: Dorothy Miell
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2009 08:49
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12935
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