Extending parasite-stress theory to variation in human mate preferences

Lisa M. Debruine, Anthony C. Little, Benedict C. Jones

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In this commentary we suggest that Fincher & Thornhill's (F&T's) parasite-stress theory of social behaviors and attitudes can be extended to mating behaviors and preferences. We discuss evidence from prior correlational and experimental studies that support this claim. We also reanalyze data from two of those studies using F&T's new parasite stress measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-87
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • human mate preferences
  • parasite-stress theory


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