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4 blogs
54 X users
1 Facebook page
1 Google+ user


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Irrationality in mate choice revealed by túngara frogs
Published in
Science, August 2015
DOI 10.1126/science.aab2012
Pubmed ID

Amanda M Lea, Michael J Ryan


Mate choice models derive from traditional microeconomic decision theory and assume that individuals maximize their Darwinian fitness by making economically rational decisions. Rational choices exhibit regularity, whereby the relative strength of preferences between options remains stable when additional options are presented. We tested female frogs with three simulated males who differed in relative call attractiveness and call rate. In binary choice tests, females' preferences favored stimulus caller B over caller A; however, with the addition of an inferior "decoy" C, females reversed their preferences and chose A over B. These results show that the relative valuation of mates is not independent of inferior alternatives in the choice set and therefore cannot be explained with the rational choice models currently used in sexual selection theory.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 1%
Hungary 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Costa Rica 1 <1%
Unknown 202 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 56 26%
Student > Bachelor 30 14%
Student > Master 29 14%
Researcher 28 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 7%
Other 23 11%
Unknown 32 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 99 46%
Environmental Science 17 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 5%
Psychology 10 5%
Neuroscience 7 3%
Other 26 12%
Unknown 44 21%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 189. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 December 2018.
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