Mating-Motivated Perceptual and Cognitive Response
Lei Chang, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Monday, February 11th
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Abstract: According to evolutionary psychology, specific perceptual and cognitive response systems have been fashioned by the ancestral environment to solve specific and recurrent survival and reproductive difficulties. Because ancestral men and women have faced drastically different reproductive challenges, the processing of mating information should evoke gender differential perceptual and cognitive response. I will present a series of experiments that my students and I have conducted to illustrate this evolutionary psychological principle. By testing various hypotheses about human mating behavior that are derived from Darwin’s sexual selection theory, these experiments also serve to illustrate how empirical and, specifically, experimental studies can be conducted to test evolutionary theories.