Psychology ETDs

Author

Ethan White

Publication Date

2-16-2010

Abstract

The present series of studies examine links between creativity and intelligence with dating and sexual behavior from an evolutionary perspective to better understand the function of human creativity. In three studies, participants (N = 65, 225, 142) completed intelligence tests, male and female mate value surveys, and written creativity tasks. Analysis of the data suggests that creativity does not correlate with sexual partner number but it does correlate with self-assessed dating success and high partner quality, particularly in an older sample.

Degree Name

Psychology

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Psychology

First Advisor

Dougher, Michael

First Committee Member (Chair)

Gangestad, Steven

Second Committee Member

Miller, Geoffrey

Third Committee Member

Watson, Paul

Language

English

Keywords

Creative ability--Social aspects, Verbal ability--Social aspects, Mate selection, Social evolution.

Document Type

Dissertation

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