Minority type human mate preference
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Male and female students were asked to select from photographs projected on slides the individual they would most prefer as a mate in a long‐term husband‐wife relationship. Frequencies of contrasting hair color, facial expression, and profile types were varied on the slides to determine whether a minority‐type advantage occurred. It was found that minority‐type females were selected more frequently than expected on slides contrasting hair color and facial expressions, and that minority‐type males were selected more frequently than expected on slides contrasting facial expression. The increased selection of the minority females was apparently due to constant bias, whereas the increased selection of the minority males was apparently due to both constant bias and frequency‐dependent bias.
Thelen, T. H. (1983). Minority type human mate preference. Social Biology, 30(2), 162–180. https://doi.org/10.1080/19485565.1983.9988531