Sex differences in human mate preferences: Evolutionary hypotheses tested in 37 cultures

  title={Sex differences in human mate preferences: Evolutionary hypotheses tested in 37 cultures},
  author={David M. Buss},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  • D. Buss
  • Published 1989
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Contemporary mate preferences can provide important clues to human reproductive history. Little is known about which characteristics people value in potential mates. Five predictions were made about sex differences in human mate preferences based on evolutionary conceptions of parental investment, sexual selection, human reproductive capacity, and sexual asymmetries regarding certainty of paternity versus maternity. The predictions centered on how each sex valued earning capacity, ambition… Expand

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