Selfishness and sex or cooperation and family values?

Joshua M. Ackerman, Douglas Kenrick

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Evolutionary models of behavior often encounter resistance due to an apparent focus on themes of sex, selfishness, and gender differences. The target article might seem ripe for such criticism. However, life history theory suggests that these themes, and their counterparts, including cooperation, generosity, and gender similarities, represent two sides of the same coin - all are consequences of reproductive trade-offs made throughout development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 25 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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