Functional sex differences and signal forms have coevolved with conflict

D. Vaughn Becker, Shelli L. Dubbs

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Evolutionary theory makes further predictions about conflict. It predicts sex differences in the proclivity to attack and defend. It further suggests complementary biases in what we expect of the sexes. Finally, it suggests that the forms of human facial expressions of anger and happiness may have coevolved with the regularity of conflict as a means of signaling, bluffing, and defusing attack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e118
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
StatePublished - Aug 13 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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