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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Finding "the One":
What Are You (and Others) Really Searching For?

HHC Presentation by Peter Todd and Samantha Cohen

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below
Light Refreshments Provided

Media commonly portray romance as eyes meeting across a crowded room, where lovers just "know" they've found "the one." But in reality, the process of finding a romantic partner—searching for that social connection—is a bit more complicated. What are we really doing as we search a room for someone to lock eyes with? Are we focusing on looks, an indicator of financial success, a sense of humor? Do men and women seek the same attributes? And how do we know when we've found what we're looking for?

Peter Todd, professor of psychological and brain sciences, cognitive science, and informatics, and psychology graduate student Samantha Cohen lead an interactive program breaking down how we find and decide on our social partners, from chance meetings all the way to the altar. Join us for a night of experimental speed-dating and -friending with discussion on how people search for mates versus other resources, how humans differ from other animals in what they look for in a mate and where those preferences come from—and whether you really can gauge a relationship from a fleeting glance. Come alone, with friends, or even with your significant other—you won't go home engaged (besides scientifically), but you will learn more about how social connections happen, and about how scientists like Todd and Cohen study decision-making in important everyday contexts, from mates to food to parking spots.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and email Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Finding The One" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. This program is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

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