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Error management theory: a new perspective on biases in cross-sex mind reading.
This theory explains known phenomena such as men's overperception of women's sexual intent, and it predicts new biases in social inference such as women's underestimation of men's commitment.
Conditional expression of women's desires and men's mate guarding across the ovulatory cycle
The Paranoid Optimist: An Integrative Evolutionary Model of Cognitive Biases
This article elaborate error management theory (EMT), predicting that if judgments are made under uncertainty, and the costs of false positive and false negative errors have been asymmetric over evolutionary history, selection should have favored a bias toward making the least costly error.
Do women's mate preferences change across the ovulatory cycle? A meta-analytic review.
- Kelly A. Gildersleeve, M. Haselton, Melissa R. Fales
- PsychologyPsychological bulletin
- 24 February 2014
A meta-analysis quantitatively evaluated support for the pattern of cycle shifts predicted by the ovulatory shift hypothesis in a total sample of 134 effects from 38 published and 12 unpublished studies to reveal robust cycle shifts that were specific to women's preferences for hypothesized cues of (ancestral) genetic quality.
How valid are assessments of conception probability in ovulatory cycle research? Evaluations, recommendations, and theoretical implications
Desiring the Muscular Ideal: Men's Body Satisfaction in the United States, Ukraine, and Ghana
Failure to achieve a lean and muscular build, a prominent characteristic of masculinity for many men, may lead to body dissatisfaction. In four studies the authors used silhouette measures to assess…
Adaptations, exaptations, and spandrels.
- D. Buss, M. Haselton, T. Shackelford, A. Bleske, J. Wakefield
- Psychology, BiologyThe American psychologist
- 1 May 1998
The authors outline the conceptual and evidentiary standards that apply to adaptations, exaptations, and spandrels and discuss the relative utility of these concepts for psychological science.
Women’s fertility across the cycle increases the short-term attractiveness of creative intelligence
Women’s estimated fertility predicted their short-term (but not long-term) preference for creativity over wealth, in both their desirability ratings of individual men and their forced-choice decisions between men.
The Evolution of Cognitive Bias
This chapter describes research documenting adaptive biases across many domains, including inferences about danger, the cooperativeness of others, and the sexual and romantic interests of prospective mates, and addresses the question of why biases often seem to be implemented at the cognitive level, producing genuine misperceptions, rather than merely biases in enacted behavior.