Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Fitting data to theory: The contribution of a comparative perspective

Steve Stewart-Williams a1
a1 Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1


In this commentary, I consider Schmitt's cross-cultural investigation of sociosexuality from a comparative perspective. I argue that such a perspective lends support to an evolutionary explanation of a number of Schmitt's findings, including universal sex differences in sociosexuality and the sensitivity of mating behavior to contextual variables such as sex ratio.