I'm Paul Eastwick, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. I research the science of relationships. It's my job to overanalyze relationships so that you don't have to. AMA!
What are our ideals for what we want in a romantic partner, and whom do we select? The research might surprise you.
My research investigates how people initiate romantic relationships and the psychological mechanisms that help romantic partners to remain committed and attached. One segment of my research explores how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences — affect how they choose and retain a partner. I run “The Attraction and Relationship Research Laboratory” at UC Davis. I also teach General Psychology as well as graduate and undergraduate courses on close relationships and evolutionary psychology.