Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

For the short-term: Are women just looking for a few pair of genes?


Lynn Carol Miller a1, William C. Pedersen a2, Allison R. Johnson a2 and Anila D. Putcha a2
a1 Annenberg School and Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281 lmiller@rcf.usc.edu
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061 {billp; allisonj; aputcha}@rcf.usc.edu

Abstract

Although we find Gangestad & Simpson's argument intriguing, we question some of its underlying assumptions, including: (1) that fluctuating asymmetry (FA) is consistently heritable; (2) that symmetry is driving the effects; (3) that use of parametric tests with FA is appropriate; and (4) that a short-term mating strategy produces more offspring than a long-term strategy.



Metrics