Love Influences Reproductive Success in Humans

Piotr Sorokowski , Agnieszka Sorokowska , Marina Butovskaya , Maciej Karwowski , Agata Groyecka , Bogdan Wojciszke , Bogusław Pawłowski


As love seems to be universal, researchers have attempted to find its biological basis. However, no studies till date have shown its direct association with reproductive success, which is broadly known to be a good measure of fitness. Here, we show links between love, as defined by the Sternberg Triangular Theory of Love, and reproductive success among the Hadza—traditional hunter-gatherer population. We found that commitment and reproductive success were positively and consistently related in both sexes, with number of children showing negative and positive associations with intimacy and passion, respectively, only among women. Our study may shed new light on the meaning of love in humans' evolutionary past, especially in traditional hunter-gatherer societies in which individuals, not their parents, were responsible for partner choice. We suggest that passion and commitment may be the key factors that increase fitness, and therefore, that selection promoted love in human evolution. However, further studies in this area are recommended.
Author Piotr Sorokowski
Piotr Sorokowski,,
, Agnieszka Sorokowska
Agnieszka Sorokowska ,,
, Marina Butovskaya
Marina Butovskaya,,
, Maciej Karwowski
Maciej Karwowski,,
, Agata Groyecka
Agata Groyecka ,,
, Bogdan Wojciszke (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Bogdan Wojciszke,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Bogusław Pawłowski
Bogusław Pawłowski,,
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishromantic (love), sexual selection, number of children, Hadza, commitment, passion, human evolution, hunter-gatherers
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.089 (2) - 2017=2.749 (5)
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