Rituals as signals of mate quality

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XYGALATAS Dimitrios MAŇO Peter KUNDT Radek KUNDTOVÁ KLOCOVÁ Eva

Rok publikování 2022
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Citace
www https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2022.100048
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2022.100048
Klíčová slova ritual;evolution;costly signaling;Mauritius
Popis Public ritual acts convey strategic information about the qualities of ritual actors. Although a prolific literature has examined their role in coordinating collective action in a variety of contexts, one of the most common communicative functions of ritual behavior in nature, i.e. its role in signaling mate quality, has received limited empirical attention in humans. Moreover, some of the particularities of human mating, such as the difference between short- and long-term pair bonding and the role of family pressure in mate selection, have also been relatively neglected in the context of ritual. We conducted an experiment to study mate preferences among Tamil Hindus in Mauritius. We found that men who practice religious rituals are perceived as better potential short- and long-term mates by young women as well as by parents, and that the latter prioritize those who practice more costly rituals.
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