The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships: The Mating-Warring Association in Men

  title={The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships: The Mating-Warring Association in Men},
  author={Lei Chang and Hui Jing Lu and Hongli Li and Tong Li},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={976 - 984}
  • Lei Chang, H. Lu, Tong Li
  • Published 23 March 2011
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Questions about origins of human warfare continue to generate interesting theories with little empirical evidence. One of the proposed explanations is sexual selection theory. Within and supportive of this theoretical framework, the authors demonstrate a mating—warring association among young heterosexual men in four experiments. Male, but not female, participants exposed to attractive, as compared to unattractive, opposite-sex photographs were significantly more likely to endorse war… 

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