Pair-Bonding, Romantic Love, and Evolution

@article{Fletcher2015PairBondingRL,
  title={Pair-Bonding, Romantic Love, and Evolution},
  author={G. Fletcher and J. Simpson and L. Campbell and Nickola C. Overall},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={10},
  pages={20 - 36}
}
This article evaluates a thesis containing three interconnected propositions. First, romantic love is a “commitment device” for motivating pair-bonding in humans. Second, pair-bonding facilitated the idiosyncratic life history of hominins, helping to provide the massive investment required to rear children. Third, managing long-term pair bonds (along with family relationships) facilitated the evolution of social intelligence and cooperative skills. We evaluate this thesis by integrating… Expand
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