What movies tell us is important in a parter – a nice smile or money – are exaggerations of fundamental evolutionary needs that actually do matter.
But glossy pages filled with non-models may be a step in the right direction.
A sociologist wanted to know how simply self-identifying as 'multiracial' – regardless of how you actually looked – would influence your attractiveness.
We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.