Distance from daddy

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Researchers at UCLA put cell phones records to new use. They discovered that women avoid contact with their fathers when they are ovulating.

“Women call their dads less frequently on these high-fertility days and they hang up with them sooner if their dads initiate a call,” said Martie Haselton, A UCLA associate professor communication who conducted the research.

It’s not possible to know the content of the calls so it’s impossible to say what’s really going on. They assert however that the behavior may be due to a subconscious motive to avoid male control at a time when the women are most fertile. A more primal motivation might be to avoid contact with a similar gene pool (dad) in favor of males outside immediate family in order to diversify the gene pool, ie avoid inbreeding.

The findings are amazingly consistent with what researchers know about other animal behavior: that females avoid immediate family member males when they are ovulating.

“Evolutionary biologists have found that females in other species avoid social interactions with male kin during periods of high fertility,” said the study’s lead author Debra Lieberman, a University of Miami assistant professor of psychology. “the behavior has long been explained as a means of avoiding inbreeding and the negative consequences associated with it. But until we conducted our study, nobody knew whether a similar pattern occurred in women.”

The findings are published in Psychological Science.

Source: Psychological Science, ScienceDaily


 
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