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Risk-Taking as a Mating Strategy

Title: Risk-Taking as a Mating Strategy: The Roles of Sexual Arousal, Motivation, and Situational Context in Risky Behavior.
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Name(s): Baker, Michael Drew, Jr., author
Maner, Jon K., professor directing thesis
Baumeister, Roy F., committee member
Schmidt, N. Brad, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Two experiments provide evidence that affective and motivational states associated with mating may play an important role in guiding risk decision-making processes. Study 1 revealed a positive relationship between sexual arousal and risk-taking, but only in men who were exposed to a romantically available opposite sex individual who purportedly would view their risk-taking performance. Study 2 demonstrated a positive relationship between mating motivation and risk-taking, but only in men who had been exposed to images of highly attractive females. Taken together, results suggest that affective/motivational states associated with mating may promote risk-taking, but that these effects are sex-specific, and are sensitive to situational context. This research highlights the utility of using an evolutionary approach to understand affective and motivational determinants of risky decision-making.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0979 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: October 23, 2007.
Keywords: Decision Making, Risk-Taking, Motivation, Emotion, Self Presentation, Sexual Arousal
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Jon K. Maner, Professor Directing Thesis; Roy F. Baumeister, Committee Member; N. Brad Schmidt, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0979
Owner Institution: FSU

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Baker, M. D. (2007). Risk-Taking as a Mating Strategy: The Roles of Sexual Arousal, Motivation, and Situational Context in Risky Behavior. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0979