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Title

Masters Track Participation Reveals a Stable Sex Difference in Competitiveness, 1988-2012

Department

Psychology Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

The origins of sex differences in human preferences and motivation remain contested. On the one hand, social structural theory claims that sex differences arise from the different roles men and women occupy in their current societies. It thus predicts sex differences will weaken and eventually disappear as women power increases and social roles converge. On the other hand, evolutionary theory holds that sex differences partly reflect innate predispositions that were shaped by the differing challenges that typically faced men and women during human evolutionary history. This theory predicts that, although sex differences may vary as a function of social roles and other factors, some differences will remain robust across societies.

Conference Name

Annual Meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS)

Conference Location

Annville, PA

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