Relationship between human reproductive behaviour and Sexual Selection

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1. What did Buss (2007) find?

  • The less time a man spend with a woman before sex the more women he could impregnate
  • Short term mating preferences in women allowed the women to leave poor quality relationships and have genetically diverse offspring increasing likelihood of their survival
  • Across cultures there a preference for a female 0.7 waist to hip ratio going an hourglass figure
  • 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
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2. 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?

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

3. Issue of inter sexual selection

  • Cause and effect relationship cannot be established
  • Deterministic to suggest that natural selection based on based on whether they have good genes completely determines the mate we choose, not all relationships are carried out for reproduction e.g. birth control, homosexual relationships
  • Reductionistic to reduce a complex subject of mate choice down to natural selection
  • Both sexes had a preference for symmetrical faces as they represented healthier genes

4. What did Buss (1989) find?

  • 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
  • In a cross-cultural study, it was found that men valued physical attractiveness more than women and women valued valued financial success more
  • Across cultures there a preference for a female 0.7 waist to hip ratio going an hourglass figure

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

  • Waynforth
  • Cunningham
  • Singh
  • Buss (1989)

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