Race bias tracks conception risk across the menstrual cycle

C. Navarrete, D. Fessler, Diana Fleischman, J. Geyer

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Although a considerable body of research explores alterations in women's mating-relevant preferences across the menstrual cycle, investigators have yet to examine the potential for the menstrual cycle to influence intergroup attitudes. We examined the effects of changes in conception risk across the menstrual cycle on intergroup bias and found that increased conception risk was positively associated with several measures of race bias. This association was particularly strong when perceived vulnerability to sexual coercion was high. Our findings highlight the potential for hypotheses informed by an evolutionary perspective to generate new knowledge about current social problems—an avenue that may lead to new predictions in the study of intergroup relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-665
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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