Department of Psychology
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Professors Buss and Meston's Research on Sexual Motivation Featured in The New York Times

Tue, July 31, 2007

New research by Drs. David Buss and Cindy Meston reveals that people have sex for many reasons, identifying four major factors: 1) physical, goal-based, emotional, and insecurity-based. Their findings have been published in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.

“Although I knew that having sex has consequences for reputation, it surprised me that people, notably men, would be motivated to have sex solely for social status and reputation enhancement.”
- Dr. David Buss, quoted in "The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting", The New York Times 07/31/07

Read more in "The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting" and Why Do People Have Sex?

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