The researchers concluded that owning a pet signals that you're nurturing and capable of making long-term commitments.
How can you turn an awkward first date with the man of your dreams into the relationship you’ve dreamed of? But exactly how do you find out without asking him outright and getting a look like you’ve just asked him to marry you?In one 2011 study, researchers found that both men and women rated opposite-sex faces more attractive when they closely resembled their current or most recent partners. Literally — fill up the physical space around you with hand gestures and an expansive posture.Men, however, were less attracted to faces that looked similar to their current partner than women were. In one 2016 study, researchers observed men and women in speed-dating sessions.Love is many things: butterflies and giggles, happiness and comfort, commitment and best friendship. And in the process, we busted some myths and learned that certain clichés turn out to be actually true.
We dug into years of psychological research to find some answers.
"For men, preferences for female faces were influenced by their mother's age and not their father's age, but only for long-term relationships." In a 2014 experiment, 100 Israeli women read vignettes about men.
Whenever the story featured a man who owned a dog, women rated that man as a more suitable long-term partner than a cad who didn't own a dog.
Results showed that people were twice as likely to say that they wanted to see their partners again when those partners moved their hands and arms, compared to when their partners sat still.
For the same study, researchers set up profiles for men and women on a GPS-based dating app, showing them in both expansive and contractive postures.
Results showed that men rated women most attractive when they looked happy and least attractive when they displayed pride.