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Cognitive Ecology II$
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Reuven Dukas and John M. Ratcliffe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226169354

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226169378.001.0001

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Cognitive Mate Choice

Cognitive Mate Choice

(p.137) 8 Cognitive Mate Choice
Cognitive Ecology II
Michael J. Ryan, Karin L. Akre, Mark Kirkpatrick
University of Chicago Press

Female choice of mates has been studied for a long time, and as this chapter explains, it is well established that females choose mates based on their perceived quality. It is observed that such female choice has generated sexual selection, which is responsible for the evolution of many features of male mating signals. Social groups can provide females with an enormous amount of information to consider in mate choice, as demonstrated by mate choice copying; thus, a male's utility is defined not only by his phenotype but also by how others in the social group, besides the choosing female, react to his phenotype. The authors analyze how cognitive mechanisms could affect female mate choice and identify exciting directions in this relatively unexplored avenue of research.

Keywords:   sexual selection, mate choice, mating signals, cognitive biology, social groups, phenotype

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