Jealousy and Rational Responses to Infidelity Across Gender and Culture

  title={Jealousy and Rational Responses to Infidelity Across Gender and Culture},
  author={Christine R. Harris and Nicholas Christenfeld},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={378 - 379}
Buunk, Angleitner, Oubaid and Buss (this issue) offer even more evidence for our contention that responses to infidelity are based on a rational interpretation of the available evidence. They find that in cultures with less strict sanctions against extramarital sex than in the United States, people are relatively less troubled by sexual infidelity compared with emotional infidelity. The evolutionary argument proposed by Buunk et al. and by Buss, Larsen, Westen, and Semmelroth (1992) provides no… 

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