Psychology researcher Dr Anna Brooks is researching how people are attracted to each other.
Psychology researcher Dr Anna Brooks is researching how people are attracted to each other.

Studying science of mate selection

ALL YOU need is love – or so the Beatles would have us believe.

But Southern Cross University psychology researcher Dr Anna Brooks says ‘mate selection’ is not that simple and she is off to Switzerland to investigate.

Dr Brooks, from the Coffs Harbour campus, will head to Lausanne in August to undertake research into how our brains process the visual cues related to mate selection.

“When it comes to human behaviours, there are few that are more important than mate selection,” Dr Brooks said.

“It’s understanding how people are attracted to each other and working out what the underlying biological processes are,” she said.

“We know from behavioural data that the more symmetrical a person is, the more attractive that person will be judged.

“What we want to find out is how the brain processes that information,” she said.

Dr Brooks will work with Professor Olaf Blanke, head of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain Mind Institute.

Understanding how humans are attracted to each other will be the focus of a four-month study supported by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship.



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