Human Mating Strategies







Dr. David Buss
Professor of Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin

What is the talk about?

What are the motivations behind mating desires in men and women? To understand many differences and conflicts between the sexes, we must look into our evolutionary past. During this Hot Science – Cool Talks lecture, Dr. David Buss will present a unified theory of human mating strategy using insights from a global study of human mating behavior. Buss will also discuss the latest research in the field of evolutionary psychology, including startling discoveries about the evolutionary advantages of infidelity and physical attractiveness. Evolutionary psychology is a hybrid discipline that draws insights from modern evolutionary theory, biology, cognitive psychology, anthropology, economics, computer science, and paleoarchaeology.

Presenter’s Biosketch

buss_thumbnail_largeDr. David Buss is an evolutionary psychology researcher and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a leading author and speaker at universities, corporations, and public forums. He is currently the head of the Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology Area at UT, and supervises a lab of evolutionary psychology Ph.D. students. Members of his lab receive advanced training in evolutionary psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, comparative psychology, research methods, and statistics.


Schedule: Sep. 6, 2013 Location: UT Campus
5:45-7:00 PM: Community Science Fair Welch Hall (WEL)
7:00-8:15 PM: Main Program Welch Hall, Room WEL 2.224
Directions and Parking
Welch Hall (WEL) is located at 105 E. 24th St, on the corner of Speedway and 24th streets. Enter the Welch Hall building from the Speedway side. Hot Science – Cool Talks attendees may park at San Jacinto Garage (SJG) for a fee.

Further Resources

Teaching Curriculum (PDF format)

Grades Resource Type Title TEKS
3-5 Lesson Plan How do animals know to do that?How do animals know to do that? (Worksheet) §112.14 Science, Grade 3: 10B§112.15 Science, Grade 4: 10B§112.16 Science, Grade 5: 10B
6-8 Lesson Plan Bottle-Necking and the Survival of the Alpine Chipmunk §112.18. Science, Grade 6: 10B, 11B-D, 13A, 14A-C§111.22. Mathematics, Grade 6: 1A-B, 9B, 10A, 10D, 11A§112.19. Science, Grade 7: 10A-B, 11B-C, 13A, 14A-C§111.23. Mathematics, Grade 7: 1A-B, 3A§112.20. Science, Grade 8: 11-B-D§111.24. Mathematics, Grade 8: 1A-B, 11A-C
9-12 Lesson Plan Natural Selection vs. Sexual Selection: Small Steps in Evolution §112.34. Biology, Grade 9-12: 7C, 7D, 7E§112.34. Biology, Grade 9-12: 12B