Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Mate Preferences and Big Five

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Sciences and Mathematics, College of


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BURS Faculty Advisor

Patrick Morse

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation



The purpose of our study is to see how individual’s personalities are related to their attraction to profiles that demonstrate different levels of Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Conscientiousness. We know from past literature that individuals are attracted to those with similar personalities (Markey & Markey, 2007). Individuals also tend to seek out people who score higher in extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness than themselves (Figuerodo, A. et. al, 2006). Our study consisted of 40 participants that took an online survey, within the survey there were 8 different profiles, each varying on high and low levels of extraversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness. Once participants finished that portion of the survey, they were then asked to take the Big 5 personality test. We hypothesized to find that those who tend to score high on extraversion will seek out partners that score high on openness and vice versa. Our second hypothesis is that personal conscientiousness will be positively correlated to ideal partner conscientiousness. The last hypothesis is personal neuroticism will be negatively correlated to ideal partner neuroticism. From this study we hope to expand the gap in literature and see if an individual’s own Big five traits is correlated with their selected mate’s Big five traits.

Keywords: Big 5 personality test, extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and mate preference

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