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Psychology Professor David Buss Discusses ‘Human Mating Strategies’

Friday September 6, 2013
7:00 PM • Welch Hall Auditorium (WEL2.224)

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What are the motivations behind mating desires in men and women? To understand many differences and conflicts between the sexes, David Buss, professor of psychology, says we must look into our evolutionary past. During this "Hot Science - Cool Talks" lecture, he will present a unified theory of human mating strategies using insights from a global study of human mating behavior.

Buss will also discuss the latest research in the field of evolutionary psychology, including startling discoveries about the evolution of attraction, why monogamy evolved, and why men and women commit infidelity. Evolutionary psychology is a hybrid discipline that draws insights from several fields including modern evolutionary theory, biology, economics, and paleoarchaeology.

Presented by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI) at The University of Texas at Austin, the “Hot Science – Cool Talks” outreach series grew out of an innovative collaboration among ESI, the College of Natural Science and the Jackson School of Geosciences as a means for leading researchers to share their scientific discoveries with the public, K–12 science educators and their students. Now in its 14th year, the series consists of six free public lectures each year, reaching an average annual audience of more than 3,000. Prior to each lecture, attendees are invited to a fair with engaging activities and displays, and educators receive a CD-ROM including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers, plus additional resources that enable them to give their own lesson on a lecture’s topic. For those who cannot attend in person, ESI streams lectures live online, and educators and others can host viewing events at their schools or watch at home.

Go to this website for more about the "Hot Science – Cool Talks” outreach series.