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Date:3/9/2010

sexually exclusive, though women were. That means being sexually exclusive is evolutionarily novel for men, but not for women. Therefore, men with higher IQs have a preference for monogamy, but intelligence makes no difference for women's attitudes toward sexual exclusivity.

There was not enough data on people who had very high IQs -- in the 140 and above range -- so it's unknown if they tend to be liberal non-believers who'd never cheat on their wife.

If you're a fan of Fox News or an avid churchgoer and are feeling put out by the findings, Kanazawa said you shouldn't be. "One should never take scientific findings personally, because they are empirical generalizations and there are always individual exceptions," he noted.

Kanazawa is no stranger to provocative research. In an earlier study, he found that more intelligent people tend to stay up later than less intelligent people. Because early humans lacked artificial light, they tended to wake up shortly before dawn and go to sleep shortly after dusk, while being nocturnal is evolutionarily novel, his findings suggested.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on IQ.



SOURCES: Satoshi Kanazawa, Ph.D., evolutionary psychologist, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, U.K.; Ilya Somin, J.D., associate professor, law, George Mason University, Arlington, Va.; March 2010, Social Psychology Quarterly


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