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Mate ChoiceThe Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans$
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Gil G. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150673

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001

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The First Steps in Mate Choice

The First Steps in Mate Choice

Preference Functions and Sensory Transduction

(p.57) Chapter 3 The First Steps in Mate Choice
Mate Choice

Gil G. Rosenthal

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the importance of sensation and sensory modality in shaping mate choice, drawing on the substantial literature on the sensory ecology of mate choice. It outlines the important common features of all sensory systems. All of these common features can be used to explain chooser features downstream of sensation, through perception to the motor output of behavior. These shared features are what is most important in terms of our understanding of mate choice, but what draws our attention about mate choice is the diversity of ways in which it is accomplished. The chapter focuses on the particulars of how sensory systems work in each of the principal modalities. It concludes by addressing the relationship between sensitivity, sensory constraints, and mating preference.

Keywords:   sensation, sensory modality, mate choice, sensory systems, sensory ecology, sensory constraints, mating preference

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