Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior

  • Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
  • Todd K. Shackelford

Part of the Evolutionary Psychology book series (EVOLPSYCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction to Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior

  3. Sexual Adaptations in Men

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Joseph A. Camilleri, Kelly A. Stiver
      Pages 43-67
    3. David A. Puts, Leslie M. Doll, Alexander K. Hill
      Pages 69-86
    4. Erik M. Lund, Saul L. Miller
      Pages 103-117
    5. Valerie G. Starratt, Michele N. Alesia
      Pages 197-205
  4. Sexual Adaptations in Women

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. William F. McKibbin
      Pages 209-222
    3. Lisa L. M. Welling
      Pages 223-241
    4. Lisa L. M. Welling, David A. Puts
      Pages 243-260
    5. Lisa M. DeBruine
      Pages 261-275
    6. Diana Santos Fleischman
      Pages 277-296
    7. Bernhard Fink, Bettina Weege, Nick Neave, Bettina Ried, Olival Cardoso Do Lago
      Pages 297-322
    8. Norman P. Li, April R. Smith, Jose C. Yong, Tiffany A. Brown
      Pages 323-346
    9. April Bleske-Rechek, Carolyn M. Kolb, Katherine Quigley
      Pages 347-365
  5. Conclusions and Future Directions for Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Paul L. Vasey, Doug P. VanderLaan
      Pages 369-391
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 413-418

About this book


As we progress as a species, questions and controversies continue to surround sexuality, monogamy, perceptions of attractiveness, and sexual coercion. Yet no matter how intricate the issues and concepts become, we are still able to find valuable clues in our ancestral legacy. 

Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior offers a wealth of current theories and findings on the complex psychological adaptations that drive our strategies for selecting and retaining a partner. Groundbreaking studies examine sex differences and similarities in sex-related human behavior while providing object lessons in how evolutionary psychology is practiced and where the field is heading. Contributors present intriguing evidence for mate selection influencing the evolution of men's and women's voices, female orgasm, and men's use of humor, and explore emerging areas of evolutionary interest such as same-sex attraction. This interdisciplinary coverage has wide-ranging implications for sexual well-being as well as mental and general health. Among the featured topics: 

  • Evaluating evidence of mate preference adaptations: how do we really know what Homo sapiens sapiens really want?
  • Sexual adaptation and sexual offending.
  • (Mis)reading the signs: men’s perception of women’s sexual interest.
  • Female perceptions of male body movements.
  • Intrasexual competition and other theories of eating restriction.
  • Social selection and the evolution of competition among women.

Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior will appeal to evolutionary scientists across different disciplines of the academy among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students interested in sexuality. This volume makes a useful supplementary text in various upper-level undergraduate courses and in graduate courses that address sexuality.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford
    • 1
  • Todd K. Shackelford
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0313-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0314-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-9898
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-9901
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