Analysis of the drivers and constraints of romantic partner choice (2017–2023)

This project aims to illuminate how genetic and environmental factors drive and constrain romantic partner choice. This choice can be the most significant in people‿s lives, but how it works is not scientifically understood. To address this fundamental lack of knowledge, the preferences and actual partners of thousands of twins will be analysed using new multivariable statistical methods and new theoretic models of partner choice that will be developed in the project. The project aims to reveal why some people pair with incompatible partners, and the consequences of partner mismatch for psychological wellbeing and for evolutionary processes driven by mate selection.
Grant type:
ARC Future Fellowships
Funded by:
Australian Research Council