Age preferences in mates: an even closer look, without the distorting lenses

Douglas Kenrick, R. C. Keefe

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Einon's data support our original claims, although not a claim she seems to assume; of reciprocal attraction between elderly men and 20-year-old women, Implicit in her commentary is an assumption that genetic predispositions are omniscient fitness maximizers. Instead, evolutionary models assume selection-fashioned psychological mechanisms that, in the context of other mechanisms and pressures in past environments, had a positive effect on fitness relative to competing alternatives. The Over and Phillips data fit with our own data on homosexuals, and with the assumption of independent modular mechanisms, rather than any existing sociocultural models. Einon also incorrectly assumes that evolutionary models have overemphasized male choice to the exclusion of female choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-143
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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