Lecture 7 - Jan 21st

Lecture 7 - Jan 21st - INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY JANUARY...

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Unformatted text preview: INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY JANUARY 21 2011 1 Evolution, Mate Preferences and My 8 th Grade Yearbook Midterm Exam will be Wed Feb 16 th 6:00 to 7:30 PM Chapters 1-5 on Midterm Thursday, February 10, 2011 Question of the day: How has evolution influenced the mating preferences and behavior of human males and females?- focus of lecture on “sexual selection” describing the evolution of characteristics enabling individuals to gain an advantage over same sex members to get access to opposite sex partners- EXAMPLE: first 8 years of school was a Catholic School (boys and girls). 8th grade was interesting because after 8th grade he went to all boys high school and all boys university so it was the last time he was in a coed context. in 8th grade boys and girls suddenly were quiet interested in each other. (he liked someone since 3rd grade). in 8th grade there was a year book and year book committee and they would rank people in in attractiveness and sports, etc to make it cool and fun. everyone was interested in their rank. There was one girl who was obviously the prettiest and the boy was obvious too and they were dating each other and everyone else was thinking of those two! He was voted strongest, best athlete, and smartest! However they also had a section called the “never never occupation”, they picked something you could never do. His was “playboy” which was very sad! In 8th grade that was not a career direction he wanted to close but it was more that he was hurt by that because it was saying that he had no chance of having girls be interested in me. Clearly he was not coming across as smooth... It was during the time of his life that he was interested in girls and then he got this message from the class that it seems he is lacking in this area! He knew he wouldn’t be naturally attractive to girls because he doesn’t ooze attractiveness and charisma, etc. He thought he could be funny, etc Thursday, February 10, 2011 The Evolution of Human Intrasexual Competition: Tactics of Mate Attraction, David Buss 1988 Intrasexual selection – competition between members of the same sex for mating access to members of the opposite sex.- evolutionary thinking can form and lead to hypothesis about how we may act and tactics we may assume, etc to attract the other. Charles Darwin discussed this concept: in most species this kind of competition involves characteristics selected could be those that enable winning in (i) direct combat, such as size and strength or (ii) noncombat traits, such as producing successful mate-attracting signals or acquiring resources desired by the opposite sex. Humans use (ii) more. males compete against other males “The essence of competition is not direct confrontation. It consists instead of behaviors designed to acquire limited or better resources at the expense of others who are attempting to acquire those resources. Competitors need not ever meet to engage in intrasexual competition....
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2012 for the course PSYCH 332 taught by Professor Koestner during the Winter '11 term at McGill.

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