Human Nature

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 50–73

Women’s fertility across the cycle increases the short-term attractiveness of creative intelligence


DOI: 10.1007/s12110-006-1020-0

Cite this article as:
Haselton, M.G. & Miller, G.F. Hum Nat (2006) 17: 50. doi:10.1007/s12110-006-1020-0


Male provisioning ability may have evolved as a “good dad” indicator through sexual selection, whereas male creativity may have evolved partly as a “good genes” indicator. If so, women near peak fertility (midcycle) should prefer creativity over wealth, especially in short-term mating. Forty-one normally cycling women read vignettes describing creative but poor men vs. uncreative but rich men. Women’s estimated fertility predicted their short-term (but not long-term) preference for creativity over wealth, in both their desirability ratings of individual men (r=.40, p<.01) and their forced-choice decisions between men (r=.46, p<.01). These preliminary results are consistent with the view that creativity evolved at least partly as a good genes indicator through mate choice.

Key words

Art Business Creativity, Female mate choice Fertility Good genes Intelligence Menstrual cycle Mental fitness indicators Ovulation Psychological attractiveness Wealth 

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© Transaction Publishers 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUCLALos Angeles
  2. 2.University of New MexicoUSA

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