Psychophysiological responses to imagined infidelity: the specific innate modular view of jealousy reconsidered.

  title={Psychophysiological responses to imagined infidelity: the specific innate modular view of jealousy reconsidered.},
  author={Christine R. Harris},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={78 6},
  • C. Harris
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Three studies measured psychophysiological reactivity (heart rate, blood pressure, and electrodermal activity) while participants imagined a mate's infidelity. The specific innate modular theory of gender differences in jealousy hypothesizes that men are upset by sexual infidelity and women are upset by emotional infidelity, because of having faced different adaptive challenges (cuckoldry and loss of a mate's resources, respectively). This view was not supported. In men, sexual-infidelity… 

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