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Friday, August 9 • 1:50pm - 2:30pm
The hidden intelligence of hormones: How they drive desire, shape relationships, influence our choices, and make us wiser

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Women’s fertility is fleeting, spanning just a few days each month. Because sex can only lead to conception on these few fertile days, it is likely that important adaptations affecting women’s health and well-being are sensitive to information about fertility within the ovulatory cycle. In this talk, I synthesize findings concerning these hormonal shifts. I argue that women, like our animal cousins, possess an estrous-like state, though it has unique human features. I address recent controversies, including a concern that there is a “false-positive problem” in these literatures. I also argue that filling gaps in our knowledge of hormone-behavior links will benefit women and inform crucial theoretical questions about the understudied nature of women’s sexuality and its consequences for health and well-being.

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Martie Haselton

Martie Haselton is the world's leading researcher on how ovulatory cycles influence women's sexuality. She is a professor of psychology and communication studies at the Institute for Society and Genetics and UCLA. She has taught many courses on evolutionary psychology, communication... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 1:50pm - 2:30pm PDT
West Theater