Cheating men… not so smart?

According to a recent study intelligence could be the differentiating factor between a cheating man or a faithful partner. Research has found that men with a lower IQ cheated more on their partners than those of a high IQ.

Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist from the London School of Economics and Political Science believes that the higher the man’s intelligence, the less likely it is that he will do the dirty:

“As the empirical analysis … shows, more intelligent men are more likely to value monogamy and sexual exclusivity than less intelligent men.”

Kanazawa maintains that early men are programmed to be “mildly polygamous” with a goal of spreading genes, yet arguing that men of more sophisticated intelligence are able to evolve beyond the “psychological baggage” of their species, adopting new practices and values.

Kanazawa’s study however, found no correlation between a woman’s intelligence and their fidelity – while monogamy has consistently been the social norm for women, thus not revealing any evolutionary transformation.

At the risk of sounding cynical, I wonder if a man’s smartness will prevent him from cheating on his partner also, being able to predict the repercussions his unfaithful behavior will have on his own life, as well as that of his partner.

This is something I would suggest that comes under the banner of “emotional intelligence”, a highly desirable quality in a man, one that indicates his maturity and impact on his relationships and environment.

Dr. Kanazawa’s conclusions were based upon his reasoning that sexual exclusivity is an “evolutionary novel” development for the male species – I guess, a development from mere biological function based upon survival of the fittest, monogamy being a cultural practice which would not have come naturally for human ancestors.


~ by Teena Davidson on March 27, 2010.

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