Ovulation, sex hormones, and women’s mating psychology

Jones, B. C. , Hahn, A. C. and Debruine, L. M. (2019) Ovulation, sex hormones, and women’s mating psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(1), pp. 51-62. (doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2018.10.008) (PMID:30477896)

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The dual mating strategy hypothesis proposes that women’s preferences for uncommitted sexual relationships with men displaying putative fitness cues increase during the high-fertility phase of the menstrual cycle. Results consistent with this hypothesis are widely cited as evidence that sexual selection has shaped human mating psychology. However, the methods used in most of these studies have recently been extensively criticized. Here we discuss (i) new empirical studies that address these methodological problems and largely report null results and (ii) an alternative model of hormonal regulation of women’s mating psychology that can better accommodate these new data.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hahn, Dr Amanda and DeBruine, Professor Lisa and Jones, Professor Benedict
Authors: Jones, B. C., Hahn, A. C., and Debruine, L. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1879-307X
Published Online:24 November 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences 23(1): 51-62
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
604381OCMATE Do oral contraceptives alter womens mate preferences?Benedict JonesEuropean Research Council (ERC)OCMATE FP7ERC282655RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY
672531KINSHIP: How do humans recognise kin?Lisa DebruineEuropean Research Council (ERC)647910RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY