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David Buss - November 09, 2009

David Buss

Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

"Why Women Have Sex: Strategies of Human Mating"

8:00 PM Monday, November 09, 2009
University Theatre

A leading figure in the field of evolutionary psychology, Professor Buss advances the argument in his best-selling books that the theory of evolution by natural selection has revolutionary implications for understanding the design of the human mind and brain. In this lecture, he will analyze the motivations that guide women's sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that drive their desires.

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"Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill"

3:10 PM Monday, November 09, 2009
Gallagher Business Building, Room 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with  David Buss. After completing his doctorate in 1981 at the University of California, Berkeley, he spent four years as an assistant professor at Harvard University. He then taught for eleven years at the University of Michigan before accepting a position in 1996 at the University of Texas. He currently is the head of the Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology Area and supervises a laboratory of evolutionary psychology Ph.D. students. His primary research interests concern the evolutionary psychology of human mating strategies, conflict between the sexes, prestige, status, and social reputation, the emotion of jealousy, homicide, anti-homicide defenses, and stalking. A prolific researcher and author, he has written, co-written, and edited many books, including the following works:

Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge      (and Everything in Between) (2009)

Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature, third edition (2008)

Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, third edition (2007)

The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill (2005)

The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, editor (2005)

The Evolution of Desire, revised edition (2003)

The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex (2000)

Sex, Power, Conflict: Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives, editor (1996)

Professor Buss has published more than two hundred scientific articles and won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the G. Stanley Hall Award from the APA, and the Robert Hamilton Book Award for Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind.