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Capturing the Interpersonal Implications of Evolved Preferences? Frequency of Sex Shapes Automatic, but Not Explicit, Partner Evaluations.

Title: Capturing the Interpersonal Implications of Evolved Preferences? Frequency of Sex Shapes Automatic, but Not Explicit, Partner Evaluations.
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Name(s): Hicks, Lindsey L, author
McNulty, James K, author
Meltzer, Andrea L, author
Olson, Michael A, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Text
Date Issued: 2016-06-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A strong predisposition to engage in sexual intercourse likely evolved in humans because sex is crucial to reproduction. Given that meeting interpersonal preferences tends to promote positive relationship evaluations, sex within a relationship should be positively associated with relationship satisfaction. Nevertheless, prior research has been inconclusive in demonstrating such a link, with longitudinal and experimental studies showing no association between sexual frequency and relationship satisfaction. Crucially, though, all prior research has utilized explicit reports of satisfaction, which reflect deliberative processes that may override the more automatic implications of phylogenetically older evolved preferences. Accordingly, capturing the implications of sexual frequency for relationship evaluations may require implicit measurements that bypass deliberative reasoning. Consistent with this idea, one cross-sectional and one 3-year study of newlywed couples revealed a positive association between sexual frequency and automatic partner evaluations but not explicit satisfaction. These findings highlight the importance of automatic measurements to understanding interpersonal relationships.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_27084851 (IID), 10.1177/0956797616638650 (DOI), PMC4899232 (PMCID), 27084851 (RID), 27084851 (EID), 0956797616638650 (PII)
Keywords: Automatic processes, Evolved preferences, Implicit attitudes, Open materials, Relationship satisfaction, Sex
Grant Number: R03 HD058314
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4899232.
Subject(s): Adult
Female
Humans
Interpersonal Relations
Male
Personal Satisfaction
Sexual Behavior/psychology
Spouses/psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_27084851
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Psychological science.
1467-9280
Issue: iss. 6, vol. 27

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Hicks, L. L., McNulty, J. K., Meltzer, A. L., & Olson, M. A. (2016). Capturing the Interpersonal Implications of Evolved Preferences? Frequency of Sex Shapes Automatic, but Not Explicit, Partner Evaluations. Psychological Science. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_27084851