Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Evolution of Desire, The

  • David M. Buss
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1863-1

Synonyms

Definition

This book provides a unified theory of human mating strategies, anchored in the best scientific evidence available on sexual psychology.

Introduction

The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating was first published by Basic Books (Buss 1994). It took 4 years to write and represented a synthesis of a decade of research on the psychology of human mating by the author. Two chapters were added to a revised edition in 2003, although the original ten chapters remained in unmodified form. Desire was updated and revised thoroughly from top to bottom (Buss 2016) and represented an explosion of empirical research in the years since its original publication. Desirehas become a citation classic (more than 2,000 scholarly citations as of 2016). It is widely used in college courses. It is used by scientists to guide mating research. And it is used by everyday...

Keywords

Mate Preference Physical Attractiveness Mating Strategy Human Mating Mate Competition 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA