Profile: Ryan Schacht
Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology
I am an anthropologist at the University of Utah. I study reproductive decision-making and what the outcomes of those decisions are. I work with the Makushi of Guyana and explore the importance of socioecological variables on behavior.
NoteStreams By Ryan Schacht
Popular wisdom and established evolutionary science hold that the sexes seek fundamentally different relationships: men want short-term, no-strings-attached relationships whereas women value longer-term, loyal partnerships. The explanation generally comes down to biological differences between men and women. Because women invest more in reproduction than men do – think pregnancy, morning sickness and stretchmarks – being picky becomes important because choosing poorly can be costly, even devastating. However, for men, reproduction may only entail a brief sexual liaison and a bit of sperm – there are potentially no long-term costs. This calculus has been built into our psychology, many argue.