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Lecture Notes 1/23/08: Sociobiology/ Mate choice (Ch 32: pp. 581, 588-589, 594-596) Sociobiology Humans clearly culturally complex, BUT- might human behavior have biological/ evolutionary basis? Originally very controversial no genes for behaviors per se Not an “excuse” E.g,. Rape, murder Humans can’t be reduced to being “programmed” BUT, provides useful insights why we may behave the way we do Sociobiology/ mate choice outline Ever wonder how we choose mates? What do we find attractive? What do men want? What do women want? Is there a biological/ evolutionary basis? Sociobiology as a discipline What features do we find attractive in a mate? Symmetry is important! e.g., Denzel has almost perfectly symmetrical face (“Sexiest Man Alive” 1996- People) Both men an women prefer symmetrical faces Symmetry in other animals o Scorpion flies females prefer males w/more symmetrical wings (even when hidden – smell better)
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course BIOL 102 taught by Professor Storfer during the Spring '08 term at Washington State University .

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Leture 7 highlights - Lecture Notes 1/23/08: Sociobiology/...

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