AQA A2 Psychology Unit 3 - Gender - Evolutionary Explainations

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1. How is this theory Era Specific?

  • Society is different
  • Role of genders are changing, no longer linked to Women - Carer and Males - Hunter
  • Roles and genders have switched
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2. This theory predicts that male activities require strength, how is this claim criticised?

  • Intelligence is a key factor to competition
  • Women still have children, and carry also - Dual role
  • Does not take into account female strength
  • The agility of the male is not taken into account

3. What is the Hunting Hypothesis by Morris?

  • Females have adapted to be more agile and faster so they are able to fulfil their gender roles
  • Males have adapted to be faster and agile to be able to hunt (Navigation and awareness)
  • Males have adapted to be more intelligent so they are able to protect

4. Why can the evolutionary theory not be generalised?

  • Cannot explain social and biological factors
  • Research is only through observation
  • Research is through case studies only

5. How does Buss link sexual selection to evolutionary explanations?

  • Males what women who are nurturing to care for their offspring
  • Women want males with resources - Strong and Size = Success in competition, and so are seen as attractive
  • Women want males who are strong so they can be protected


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