The Wedding Ring Effect Revisited Steve Manna A


6 of the previously seen male targets; however, at this time the male was now accompanied by aphotograph of afemale alleged to be his dating partner. Again participants were instructed to appraise the aractiveness of the target male. Findings revealed no simple effect of mate-choice copyin indicating that the aractiveness of every male target was not elevated as aresult of his pairing with afemale partner. Further analysis, however, revealed that males were perceived to be more or less aractive based on the level of aractiveness of their dating partners. In particular, males presented with an aractive dating partner were rated as more aractive than when they were presented alone, and males presented with aless aractive dating partner were rated as less aractive than when they were presented alone. Consequently, mate-choice copying may be in part determined by the value of the individual who pairs with the prospective opposite? sex partner. In contrast to the preceding support for the wedding ring effec other studies have found no evidence for the phenomenon. OHagen et al. (2003) examined whether or not varying levels of relationship status impacted participants perceptions of ahypothetical targets aractiveness. The researchers instructed participants to imagine an opposite-sex partner whom they had recently me while simultaneously reading adescription of an opposite-sex person who was single, involved, or married. Findings revealed that women were most aracted to single males and least aracted to married males, while men were equally aracted to females regardless of their relationship status. In either case there is alack of support for the wedding ring effect because there is not adisproportionate preference for involved or married over single targets. Similar results were obtained by Uller and Johansson (2003 In alive interaction investigation of the wedding ring effec female participants were introduced to and allowed to interact with amale confederate for ashort period of time. Confederates wore either awedding