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9 Jun - "Understanding human life history variation: sleep patterns, personality traits, relationship status, and hormones" Lecture by Dario Maestripieri University of Chicago, USA

The visit of Dario Maestripieri is organised in collaboration with Marco Costa from the Department of Psychology.

Jun 09, 2020 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Several lines of evidence suggest that eveningness is associated with traits that favor short-term mating such as higher extraversion, novelty-seeking, risk-taking, and short-term relationship orientation in both males and females. Night owl men also report a higher number of sexual partners than early-morning men, who instead, show personality and behavioral traits typically associated with slow life histories. Evidence also exists that autistic-like and schizotypal personality traits reflect opposite sides of a continuum of variation in personality and cognition that are best understood in reference to other slow and fast life history adaptations. Cortisol and testosterone may be some the physiological mechanisms underlying psychological and behavioral traits associated with slow and fast life histories. Both cortisol and testosterone levels differ between individuals who are single and in relationships, with cortisol being associated with some aspects of personality and stress, while men’s testosterone is more directly linked to variation in courtship activity and sexual promiscuity.