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Sex differences in everyday risk-taking behavior in humans

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Sexual selection theory predicts that males will tend to behave in ways that are more risky than females. We explored this in humans by studying two everyday situations (catching a bus and crossing a busy road). We show that humans are competent otpimizers on such tasks, adjusting their arrival times at a bus stop so as to minimize waiting time. Nonetheless, single males pursue a more risky strategy than single females by cutting waiting times much finer. Males are also more likely than femal...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
"University of Wroclaw, Poland", "Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland"
Department:
Institute of Anthropology
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Institution:
University of Liverpool
Department:
School of Biological Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
Publisher:
Evolutionary Psychology
Journal:
Evolutionary Psychology Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
1
Pages:
29-42
Publication date:
2008
ISSN:
1474-7049
URN:
uuid:91e7a02b-f04e-437c-9a87-99ab1db64890
Local pid:
ora:2739

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