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Human attraction influenced by complementary traits, choices of others

Lena Morris

Mar. 13, 2014

When you're attracted to someone, do you ever wonder why? Is it because of the way they look? Or is there an "aura" about them that is just inexplicably fine?

Research from Peter Todd, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, might help explain that initial attraction that draws you to a certain someone, and how others can influence your mate choices. His findings might surprise you - what people say they want is not always what they actually want.  

“People say they want somebody who is like them on this variety of different traits but who they actually end up choosing is different,” Todd said.  “It’s actually people who have complementary traits to them.”


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