Baby-making special. Sept 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013 Rob 0 Comments

This month, it’s a baby-making special. We take a closer look at the psychology of family planning, from the link between personality and fertility, to the motivational value of baby photographs, and even condom sabotage!


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The articles covered in the show:

Skirbekk, V., & Blekesaune, M. (in press). Personality traits increasingly important for male fertility: Evidence from Norway. European Journal of Personality. Read summary

Davis, K. C., Schraufnagel, T. J., Kajumulo, K. F., Gilmore, A. K., Norris, J., & George, W. H. (in press). A qualitative examination of men's condom use attitudes and resistance: "It's just part of the game". Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summary

Charles, N. E., Alexander, G. M., & Saenz, J. (2013). Motivational value and salience of images of infants. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(5), 373-381. Read summary

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Sexual selection in humans, with Alex Hill. Aug 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Rob 5 Comments

I speak to Alex Hill, an anthropology postgrad at Penn State, who gives me the lowdown on his recent study of sexual selection in humans.


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Are all those muscles going to be more handy for attracting women, or beating up other men? How has sexual selection acted on male physicality? I talk to Alex Hill to find out.

The articles covered in the show:

Hill, A. K., Hunt, J., Welling, L. L. M., Cárdenas, R. A., Rotella, M. A., Wheatley, J. R., et al. (in press). Quantifying the strength and form of sexual selection on men's traits. Evolution and Human Behavior. Read summary

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