Linking Percieved Attractiveness and Relationship Status: Categorization in Mate Selection


This research is being conducted by Nathan Hickman and Andrew Pennington as their psychology senior thesis research project at Hanover College. The experiment in which you are asked to participate is designed to gain ratings of attractiveness of individual faces between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. You will first be presented with a few demographic questions. Following the demographics page you will be presented with a facial stimulus and asked to rate the attractiveness of the stimulus given the scale provided. Once you have rated the attractiveness of the individual presented, you will then be directed to a page displaying the next stimulus to be rated. This will continue until you have rated each stimulus. After rating all facial stimuli you will then be presented with a debriefing page. The entire experiment should take no more than 30 minutes. There are no known risks involved in being in this study, beyond those of everyday life. The information you provide during the experiment is completely anonymous; at no time will your name be associated with the responses you give. If you have any questions about what you will be doing in the study or about the study itself, feel free to contact either researcher, Nathan Hickman at or Andrew Pennington at, before or after continuing with the study. Questions about your rights as a participant in this research may be directed to the faculty member supervising this project, Dr. John Krantz at, or the chair of Hanover College’s Institutional Review Board, Dr. Bill Altermatt,at Participation in this study is voluntary. Refusing to participate or ceasing to participate at any time will involve no penalty. Please inform the researchers if you would like to keep a copy of this informed consent form.