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Research into the differences in mate preferences of blind and sighted individuals.

I am a 3rd year Psychology student at Bath Spa University currently writing her dissertation on the differences of mate preferences between blind and sighted individuals. For this dissertation, I am in need of a number of blind participants to answer an online survey regarding the characteristics they look for in a partner. 

Over the years an extensive amount of research has been carried out on gender differences regarding mate selection across various cultures. The aim of this study is to investigate mate selection criteria in both blind and non-blind participants.

For this study we require participants who are blind and those without any visual impairment. All participants must be aged 18 years old and over in order to take part. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire on mate preferences where you will have to rate the importance of certain characteristics that you seek in a potential partner. Each characteristic will be assessed using a 7 level scale (1 – unimportant to 7 – very important). The questionnaire will also include specific questions regarding mate preferences where you will be asked to choose between a number of options or answer freely. Biographical information will also be asked. All information and data collected will be anonymous. You are free to withdraw from this study at any point during the survey without having to provide a reason. 

If you are interested in participating and/or have questions you wish to ask please contact: 

Francine Matorres ([email protected])

Lucy Tompkins ([email protected])

Dr. Alexandra de Sousa ([email protected])

Survey link:

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