Study: Males Have More Personality Than Females

November 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Researchers from the University of Exeter have expanded classic research on sexual selection and evolutionary traits to theorize that males throughout the animal kingdom, including humans, have developed distinct personality differences from females. The more aggressive personalities, as well as physical differences in males, such as the brighter plumage of male birds, are seen as evolutionary traits developed to attract mates.

Lead author Dr Wiebke Schuett of the University of Exeter made use of several earlier studies on sexual selection to arrive at the team’s conclusion. “Our study is the first to bring together research about the impact of sexual selection on personality in humans and other animals,” said Schuett.

“Our study suggests that, while males tend to exhibit more pronounced personalities, including more predictable behaviour, in a range of different contexts, females are more receptive to these traits in males. We found a surprising level of similarity across a range of species,” added Schuett.

Consistent male personality traits associated with parental care, aggression and risk-taking were found to be most appealing to females when choosing a mate.

The full study can be found here.

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