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A. Do We Want to Marry People Like Ourselves

Narrator: This is Science Today. They say opposites attract, but evolutionary anthropologist Monique Borgerhoff Mulder of the University of California, Davis, says in reviewing several studies on the subject, it seems people want mates that reflect their own values.

Borgerhoff Mulder: The standard view amongst evolutionary psychologists is that men prefer women who are young or have some sort of signals of high fertility or good health and that women prefer men who are wealthy, who are ambitious, who successful, who are tall, as numbers of indicators.

Narrator: And while these indicators are still relevant, studies indicate there are stronger preferences for finding a mate with similar traits.

Borgerhoff Mulder: So you find ambitious people stating a preference for pairing up with ambitious men and attractive men with attractive women and women who value family connections with men who value family connections. So you get a lot of this seeking out of similarity in addition to the very common trends that evolutionary psychologists have found.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.