Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System [NOOK Book]


Human intelligence is sexually attractive, and strongly predicts the success of sexual relationships, but the behavioral sciences have usually ignored the interface between intelligence and mating. This is the first serious scholarly effort to explore that interface.
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Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System

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Human intelligence is sexually attractive, and strongly predicts the success of sexual relationships, but the behavioral sciences have usually ignored the interface between intelligence and mating. This is the first serious scholarly effort to explore that interface.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A wonderful collection of chapters on … the new construct of mating intelligence … [it] heralds a more comprehensive understanding of the psychology of human mating ... readers will enjoy the many mating insights offered by this volume." - David M. Buss, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, From the Foreword

"Like many central areas of human behavior that have been neglected by mainstream psychology, the thoughts and emotions behind mating have recently been illuminated by evolutionary analyses. This exciting collection marks the debut of a new and important field of research, which should fascinate psychologists and nonpsychologists alike." - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

"A significant contribution to the field, combining in one source, material on an interesting and important topic." - Dennis Krebs, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University

"A ‘must have’ for scholars who do research on human mating …a unique volume of cutting edge thinking on the psychology of mating." - Timothy Ketelaar, Ph.D.,
New Mexico State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136678868
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword David M. Buss ix

Preface David M. Buss xxi

Part I Introduction 1

1 Mating Intelligence: Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Construct Glenn Geher Geoffrey Miller Jeremy Murphy 3

Part II Mate Search and Mating Intelligence 35

2 How Self-Assessments Can Guide Human Mating Decisions Lars Penke Peter M. Todd Alison P. Lenton Barbara Fasolo 37

3 Mating Intelligence in Personal Ads Charlotte De Backer Johan Braeckman Lili Farinpour 77

Part III Strategic Flexibility in Mating Intelligence 103

4 Intelligent Priorities: Adaptive Long- and Short-Term Mate Preferences Norm Li 105

5 Personality, Mating Strategies, and Mating Intelligence Daniel Nettle Helen Clegg 121

6 Deception and Self-Deception as Strategies in Short and Long-Term Mating Maureen O'Sullivan 135

7 How Having Children Affects Mating Psychology Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford Judy A. Easton Emily A. Stone 159

Part IV Mental Fitness Indicators and Mating Intelligence 171

8 The Role of Mutations in Human Mating Matthew C. Keller 173

9 Mental Disorders as Catastrophic Failures of Mating Intelligence Andrew Shaner Geoffrey Miller Jim Mintz 193

Part V Mating Intelligence and Other Individual Differences 225

10 The Role of Creativity and Humor in Mate Selection Scott Barry Kaufman Aaron Kozbelt Melanie L. Bromley Geoffrey Miller 227

11 Emotional Intelligence, Relationship Quality, and Partner Selection James J. Casey James Garrett Marc A. Brackett Susan Rivers 263

12 Mating Intelligence and General Intelligence as Independent Constructs Satoshi Kanazawa 283

Part VI The Ecological Context of Mating Intelligence 311

13 Brain Size, Intelligence, and Paleoclimatic Variation Jessica Ash GordonG. Gallup, Jr. 313

14 Ecological Constraints on Mating Tactics Aurelio Jose Figueredo Barbara H. Brumbach Daniel N. Jones Jon A. Sefcek Geneva Vasquez W. Jake Jacobs 337

Part VII Conclusions 365

15 Mating Intelligence: Frequently Asked Questions Geoffrey Miller 367

16 Mating Intelligence: An Integrative Model and Future Research Directions Glenn Geher Michael A. Camargo Steven D. O'Rourke 395

Author Index 425

Subject Index 443

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