"What is the point of music? Psychologist Stephen Pinker likens it to “auditory cheesecake,” a confection intended to tickle our neural pleasure circuits1 — a jolt of enjoyment rather than a necessity for human survival. But 140 years ago, Charles Darwin was tinkering with another theory: that music’s true purpose is to impress the opposite sex.2 He recognised that birds don’t sing for pure joy, but to attract a mate or challenge rivals. Could music serve a similar function in humans?"
Music to Her Ears: Female Fertility and the Sounds of Music
Although T-Rex didn’t evolve for romance, humans did (or at least we evolved to have mating relationships). Check out our articles about Evolutionary Psychology here (from ScienceOfRelationships.com).
Who’s Your Daddy?
Are We Meant to be Monogamous?
Men Are More Generous in the Presence of Women
Why Are Men Attracted to the “Lady in Red”?
She Said/He Said: What to Get Your Partner for Valentine’s Day
Why People Have Sex (“The Naked Man” Redux)
I Know You Want Me
Do Birth Control Pills Make Exotic Dancers Less “Titillating”?
Do Birth Control Pills Really Lead to Bad Sex?
The Economics of Evolution: Mating and Loss Aversion (video)
Sexual Strategies in Cross-Sex Friendships
The Dating Equation: ½(your age) + 7