Conditional expression of women's desires and men's mate guarding across the ovulatory cycle

  title={Conditional expression of women's desires and men's mate guarding across the ovulatory cycle},
  author={Martie G. Haselton and Steven W. Gangestad},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},

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