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Showing off in humans: male generosity as a mating signal

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We examined people's charity contributions while in the presence of an observer of the same sex, opposite sex, or no observer. Inspired by costly signaling theory, we hypothesized that men would be more generous in the presence of a potential mate. Men and women played a number of experimental games in which they could earn money. On completion of these games participants were asked what percentage of their earned money they would be willing to donate to charity. Our results show that men con...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
"University of Kent, UK"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
"University of Kent, UK"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Journal:
Evolutionary Psychology Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
3
Pages:
386-392
Publication date:
2008-01-01
ISSN:
1474-7049
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uuid:95d5bf69-416e-4297-8853-4d23fda456f5
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ora:2923

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