Research Topic

I want to find research articles on the evolutionary purpose of romantic love in humans, focusing on how it contributes to parental investment and long-term cooperation for the survival and development of offspring.

Summary

A number of relevant articles address the evolutionary purpose of romantic love in humans and how it contributes to parental investment and long-term cooperation for offspring survival, with particularly significant references being [1, 3, 4, 5, 11].

The most relevant studies describe how romantic love evolved by co-opting mechanisms of mother-infant bonding [1], the fitness benefits and selective pressures of romantic love regarding pair-bonding [3], and the interdisciplinary support for romantic love as an evolved commitment device facilitating parental investment and social cooperation [4]. Positive associations between romantic love and reproductive success were also demonstrated in populations such as the Hadza hunter-gatherers [5]. Additionally, evidence supports the formation of monogamous relationships through romantic love, benefiting offspring survival and development by promoting long-term parental cooperation [11].

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So far, I've closely analyzed 420 of the most promising papers, and I've found ~30-60 that are relevant, which is probably more than 90% of all that exist.
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