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Psc101 Owings 3 - Mate choice Postcopulatory after mating...

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1 Postcopulatory- after mating occurs females have ways of enhancing the success of particular males among all they mate with “cryptic choice”- concept that recognizes the active role of females previously all attributed to “sperm competition” Mate choice Post-copulatory mate choice in California ground squirrels (Cody & Boellstorff) Females have one day they breed out of the year Seek males out & mate with average of 6 the kickass posture - good way to know if a male copulated, since it often happens underground
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2 Pavlovian (classical) conditioning Males in a ‘bind’ - often need to prepare for females, e.g. by reducing aggressive motivation and increasing sexual motivation (especially in polygynous species) do this through Pavlovian conditioning Role of basic psychological processes in sexual behavior Pavlovian (classical) conditioning males find cues that allow them to anticipate the arrival of females in reproductive state, to start ramping down aggression and up sexual motivation Japanese quail and blue gouramis males develop CR’s to stimuli (CSs) paired with sexually ready females (USs) and translate this into increased reproductive success Role of basic psychological processes in sexual behavior
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