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The Mating Game is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. The comprehensive review and up-to-date information contained in The Mating Game not only provides answers to questions about important life events but also encourages readers' interest in the field of interpersonal relationships and human mating.

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The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary, introductory text about human mating relationships aimed specifically at a university audience. It progresses beyond a psychological or biological/physiological stance and encompasses a wide array of disciplines. This comprehensive review of theory and empirical research takes an integrated perspective on ...

Attraction and Courtship
Attraction and courtship

Most animal species perform courtship rituals designed to attract and secure the attention of a reproductive partner. For example, the male African widowbird performs an elaborate hopping display in which he fans his magnificent 18-inch tail and skims over the ground using exaggeratedly slow wing beats. The male sage grouse puffs his chest, raises his white neck feathers, spreads his tail, lifts his wings, and makes a loud popping noise by expelling air from a specialized sac in his throat. The male bowerbird builds a structure to attract his mate, decorating it with flowers and bits ...

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