Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Campbell: Staying alive

Do we owe it all to Darwin? The adequacy of evolutionary psychology as an explanation for gender differences in aggression

Candace Kruttschnitt a1
a1 Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455


Gender differences in aggression are highly variable; there is significant evidence that this variability is as much a function of social and cultural conditions as evolutionary processes. While some of these conditions may reflect resource scarcities as Campbell proposes, others are inconsistent with her perspective or are explained equally well by other perspectives.