Relationship between human reproductive behaviour and Sexual Selection

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1. Which study found across cultures there a preference for a female 0.7 waist to hip ratio going an hourglass figure?

  • Singh
  • Cunningham
  • Buss (1989)
  • Waynforth
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2. What did Buss (2003) suggest?

  • Due to higher level of parental investment in women, they had a preference for a man who would be a good parent, invest resources in her and offspring, be able to physically protect them and be compatible to her
  • Women are attracted to masculine features such as a square jaw and rigid eyebrows in men as they're associated with high levels of testosterone, suggesting they have healthy genes as testosterone surpasses the immune system
  • Short term mating preferences in women allowed the women to leave poor quality relationships and have genetically diverse offspring increasing likelihood of their survival
  • The less time a man spend with a woman before sex the more women he could impregnate

3. What did Waynforth find?

  • Women are attracted to masculine features such as a square jaw and rigid eyebrows in men as they're associated with high levels of testosterone, suggesting they have healthy genes as testosterone surpasses the immune system
  • Men were more attracted to women with young faces with characteristics such as large eyes, small nose and chin
  • Short term mating preferences in women allowed the women to leave poor quality relationships and have genetically diverse offspring increasing likelihood of their survival
  • Both sexes had a preference for symmetrical faces as they represented healthier genes

4. Which study suggested that short term mating preferences in women allowed the women to leave poor quality relationships and have genetically diverse offspring increasing likelihood of their survival?

  • Grilling and Buss
  • Buss (2007)
  • Buss (2003)
  • Singh

5. What did Buss (2007) find?

  • Due to higher level of parental investment in women, they had a preference for a man who would be a good parent, invest resources in her and offspring, be able to physically protect them and be compatible to her
  • The less time a man spend with a woman before sex the more women he could impregnate
  • Across cultures there a preference for a female 0.7 waist to hip ratio going an hourglass figure
  • Short term mating preferences in women allowed the women to leave poor quality relationships and have genetically diverse offspring increasing likelihood of their survival

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