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Psychology Graduate Research Talk to Discuss Females’ Fight for Love, Nov. 2

Is love worth fighting for? The next talk in the new Psychology Graduate Research Series, titled, “When is Girl-on-Girl too much? An Investigation of Female Intrasexual Competition and Collaboration,” will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Parker Building, room 360.

The series is co-sponsored by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies. Michele Alesia, a student in the college’s M.S. in Experimental Psychology program, will present this talk.

Presentation Abstract
Evolutionary theory suggests that females are in competition with each other for attracting the ideal mate. Males who possess good genes, adequate resources, and a willingness to share those resources with a female and her future offspring are in limited supply, which may encourage female intrasexual competition for access to these males. Existing evidence also suggests, however, that some intrasexual collaboration may increase an individual female’s perceived mate value, thus increasing her access to higher-value potential mates. This research proposes to investigate the factors that encourage female intrasexual collaboration versus competition when attracting a mate.

Alesia works under the guidance of faculty adviser Valerie Starratt, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

The Psychology Graduate Research Series is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served. For more information, please contact Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., at (954) 262-8192.