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sexual selection

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

The theory, proposed by Darwin, that in some species males compete for mates and that characteristics enhancing their success in mating would have value and be perpetuated irrespective of...

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The Development of Human Reproductive Strategies: Toward an Integration of Life History and Sexual Selection Models

Jenée James and Bruce J. Ellis.

in The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships

April 2013; p ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology. 17486 words.

Life history theory (LHT) and sexual selection are two prominent and active areas of research in evolutionary biology and psychology. LHT attempts to explain how between- and within-species...

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Integrating Social Exchange and Sexual Selection Theory in the Study of Mating Interactions

Charles Crawford and Catherine A. Salmon.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

January 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology. 11270 words.

Much writing on sexual conflict in both animals and humans is done in the context of Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. There is considerable conflict in male–female reproductive...

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Mate Choice and Mating Preferences

Gil G. Rosenthal.

in Mate Choice

July 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 9502 words.

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to present a conceptually unified approach to thinking about what Darwin termed the “taste for the beautiful.” It begins by...

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Leading into the Future

Julian Barling.

in The Science of Leadership

January 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 6125 words.

Despite the many advances in knowledge of leadership in organizations, and sometimes because of these advances, several issues need to be confronted in future research on leadership. For...

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Sexual Competition among Women

Steven Arnocky and Tracy Vaillancourt.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition

September 2017; p ublished online August 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Social Psychology. 11513 words.

Darwin (1871) observed in his theory of evolution by means of sexual selection that “it is the males who fight together and sedulously display their charms before the female” (p. 272)....

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Sex and Gender Differences in Communication Strategies

Elisabeth Oberzaucher.

in Evolution's Empress

February 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 10980 words.

In this chapter sex and gender differences in communication strategies are discussed. For this purpose, a dynamic communication model is introduced that could serve as a guide for empirical...

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The Empress’s Clothes

Julie Seaman.

in Evolution's Empress

February 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 8241 words.

This chapter focuses on the American law of sex discrimination in the context of sex-differentiated employee dress and grooming requirements. Courts have attempted to distinguish dress...

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Swept off Their Feet?

Christopher J. Wilbur and Lorne Campbell.

in Evolution's Empress

February 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 7384 words.

Evolutionary models of mating behavior are frequently perceived as casting females as passive and ineffectual, reinforcing damaging stereotypes. This chapter aims to disabuse this...

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Mate Choice

Gil G. Rosenthal.

July 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Book. Subjects: Social Psychology. 648 pages.

The popular consensus on mate choice has long been that females select mates likely to pass good genes to offspring. This book overturns much of this conventional wisdom. Providing the...

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Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media

Autumn Shafer, Piotr Bobkowski and Jane D. Brown.

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology. 22186 words.

This chapter focuses on the role media play in the sexual socialization of adolescents and emerging adults in modern societies. The review of relevant research and theory is organized...

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Error Management in Relationships

Martie G. Haselton and Andrew Galperin.

in The Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships

April 2013; p ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology. 15862 words.

Social judgments are made under uncertainty and pose one of the fundamental challenges of social living. Some of these judgments are also systematically biased—sometimes toward optimism and...

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Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

James R. Liddle, Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford.

in The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

July 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology. 15666 words.

We review and discuss the evolutionary psychological literature on violence, homicide, and war in humans and nonhumans, and in doing so we argue that an evolutionary perspective can...

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Women and Aggression

Anne Campbell and Catharine Cross.

in The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

July 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology. 16660 words.

Sex differences in aggression can be traced ultimately to sex differences in parental investment. Higher variance in reproductive success in men, resulting from lower parental investment,...

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Evolution of Artistic and Aesthetic Propensities through Female Competitive Ornamentation

Marco A. C. Varella, Jaroslava Varella Valentova and Ana María Fernández.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition

September 2017; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology. 20578 words.

This chapter highlights and discusses the role of women’s competitive ornamentation as one of the relevant, and so far overlooked, ancestral selective pressures in the evolution of artistic...

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Sexual Conflict and Partner Rape

Joseph A. Camilleri and Vernon L. Quinsey.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

January 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology. 9377 words.

The application of Darwinian concepts, particularly sexual selection, has gained currency in recent years (Goetz, Shackelford, & Camilleri, 2008). One facet of sexual selection, sexual...

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Sexual Conflict in Humans

Todd K. Shackelford, Aaron T. Goetz, James R. Liddle and Lance S. Bush.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

January 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology. 8984 words.

This chapter provides an introduction to and brief overview of empirical and theoretical work on sexual conflict in humans, some of which is showcased in the current volume. We begin the...

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Spheres of Sexual Conflict

Gregory Gorelik and Todd K. Shackelford.

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

January 2012; p ublished online November 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology. 11748 words.

Evolutionary conflicts pervade all of life. The coevolutionary arms race between males and females has equipped both sexes with mutually manipulative and defensive adaptations. These...

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Love, Sex, and Marriage Across Cultures

Elaine Hatfield, Yu-Ming Mo and Richard L. Rapson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture

April 2015; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology. 11529 words.

Most scholars today believe that passionate and companionate love are cultural universals—existing in all cultures and historical eras. In this chapter, the authors begin by discussing...

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Evolutionary Psychology

Zachary Hohman and Bruce Ellis.

in Psychology

P ublished online November 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Health Psychology; History and Systems in Psychology; Educational Psychology; Social Psychology. 8994 words.

Evolutionary psychology is the application of the principles and knowledge of evolutionary biology to psychological theory and research. The field is comprehensive insofar as it encompasses...

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