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Why is creativity attractive in a potential mate?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Daniel Nettle



A number of studies suggest that women find artistically creative men attractive, especially in the short-term mating context. Artistic creativity (but not mathematical or technical creativity) is linked to psychosis-proneness. I hypothesise that in preferring artistically creative men, women may be choosing paternal genotypes that make babies that are not excessively somatically demanding on them. © 2008 Cambridge University Press.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Nettle D

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Year: 2008

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 275-276

Print publication date: 01/06/2008

ISSN (print): 0140-525X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1825


DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X08004366