COMMENTARIES ON Evolutionary Foundations of Cultural Variation: Evoked Culture and Mate Preferences

  title={COMMENTARIES ON Evolutionary Foundations of Cultural Variation: Evoked Culture and Mate Preferences},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={137 - 96}
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Biology
  • Psychological Inquiry

Stepping Out of the Caveman’s Shadow

Two studies show that gender differences in mate preferences with presumed evolutionary roots decline proportionally to increases in nations’ gender parity and a novel measure of gender equality is revisited.

The influence of familial involvement and cultural values on mate preferences and romantic relationships: what do today’s emerging adults in India and America want?

With increasing globalization, researchers are beginning to document the changing patterns of family life in collectivistic societies undergoing rapid economic development, such as India. With these

Beyond global sociosexual orientations: a more differentiated look at sociosexuality and its effects on courtship and romantic relationships.

3 theoretically meaningful components of sociosexuality are established: past behavioral experiences, the attitude toward uncommitted sex, and soci homosexual desire (all measured by a revised version of the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory): within couples, the 3 components showed distinct degrees of assortative mating and distinct effects on the romantic partner.

A sociocultural framework for understanding partner preferences of women and men: Integration of concepts and evidence

In the current sociocultural framework for understanding mating preferences, we propose that gender roles affect sex differences and similarities in mate preferences. Gender roles, in turn, are

Is plasticity in mating preferences adapted to perceived exposure to pathogens?

The results suggest that female perception of male trunk hair is not associated with a risk of contamination, which questions the salience of the ectoparasite avoidance hypothesis in explaining the loss of body hair in humans.

Historical Prevalence of Infectious Diseases Within 230 Geopolitical Regions: A Tool for Investigating Origins of Culture

Regional differences in disease prevalence are associated with a wide array of cross-cultural differences. However, the complex relationships among culture, disease, and other ecological variables

Zoonotic and Non-Zoonotic Diseases in Relation to Human Personality and Societal Values: Support for the Parasite-Stress Model

Supporting the parasite-stress model, cross-national differences in personality traits and in societal values are predicted specifically by non-zoonotic parasite prevalence.

Realism, Relativism, and Evolutionary Psychology

Against recent attempts to forge a reconciliation between constructionism and realism, I contend that, in psychology at least, stirring up conflict is a more fruitful strategy. To illustrate this

Pathogens, personality, and culture: disease prevalence predicts worldwide variability in sociosexuality, extraversion, and openness to experience.

In regions that have historically suffered from high levels of infectious diseases, people report lower mean levels of sociosexuality, extraversion, and openness, and alternative explanations are addressed, and possible underlying mechanisms are discussed.