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MAY WE RECOMMEND: Sex and Danger

Items that merit a trip to the library

compiled by theAIR staff


 Sex in Mind
"Error Management Theory: A New Perspective on Biases in Cross-Sex Mind Reading," Martie G. Haselton and David M. Buss, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 78, no. 1, January 2000, pp. 81-91. (Thanks to Tom Roden and Linda Farwell for bringing this to our attention.) For details see The authors, who are at the University of Texas at Austin, report that:

A new theory of cognitive biases... explains known phenomena such as men's overperception of women's sexual intent... and it predicts... women's underestimation of men's commitment.

NOTE: Haselton and Buss also have several manuscripts in preparation. One promises to be of uncommon interest: "Predictors of post-copulation affective valance shifts." (Thanks to Miriam E. Tucker for bringing this to our attention.) We hope that AIR readers who keep current with the social psychology research literature will notify us when and if this paper is published.


Love and Danger
"Pathogen prevalence and human mate preferences," S.W. Gangestad and David M. Buss, Ethology and Sociobiology, vol. 14, no. 2, 1993, pp. 89-96. (Thanks to Wendy Cooper for bringing this to our attention.) The first author is at the University of New Mexico.


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