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 anonymous1@xtra.co.nz

Abstract

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.