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Vortrag zum Thema "What kind of search is mate search?"

Humans spend much of their time searching for mates - but what kind of search is this? Organisms search for resources in a variety of settings, in some cases moving from patch to patch when looking for food, in other cases searching for just the right location to settle and live. Is human mate search close to either of these, moving from mate to mate, or seeking the single best one? By knowing what problem people are solving during the process of searching for a mate, we can better investigate and understand the strategies being used. In this talk, I will describe our ongoing studies on mate search and its connections to search strategies in different domains.

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Vortrag zum Thema "Human sexual selection: What our voices tell us"

Are humans basically monogamous, or were our ancestors able to monopolize multiple mates? Did mating competition primarily take the form of mate attraction, or did physical force and threats play a larger role? We can infer ancestral selection such as these by examining the traits that they produced. In this talk, we will examine a trait that offers a surprising window into ancestral human mating: the human voice.

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