1.2. The Behavioral Genetics of Human Pair Bonding

  1. Richard Ebstein,
  2. Simone Shamay-Tsoory and
  3. Soo Hong Chew
  1. Hasse Walum1 and
  2. Lars Westberg2

Published Online: 25 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118101803.ch2

From DNA to Social Cognition

From DNA to Social Cognition

How to Cite

Walum, H. and Westberg, L. (2011) The Behavioral Genetics of Human Pair Bonding, in From DNA to Social Cognition (eds R. Ebstein, S. Shamay-Tsoory and S. H. Chew), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118101803.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 2

    Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470543962

Online ISBN: 9781118101803



  • behavioral genetics of human pair bonding - pair bonds, dyadic coalitions between sexual partners based on selective social attachments;
  • behavioral genetics research, on human mating behavior - variation in reproductive strategies, life history characteristics or marital outcomes;
  • complexity of human pair bonding, phenotypic perspective - inattention to attractive alternatives and jealousy, and pair bonding in humans


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Biology and Genetics of Mating Behavior

  • Discussion

  • References