By Despina Williams Parker
Mating Intelligence Unleashed, co-written by Psychology Department Chair Glenn Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman (New York University), will be published in Chinese (simplified characters) in Mainland China by The Commercial Press of Beijing in August 2015. Of the four books Geher has penned, this is the first to be translated into another language.
“I have to say that I’ve been happily surprised with the attention this book has gotten,” said Geher. “When Abby Gross, the editor who oversees psychology books for Oxford University Press, contacted my co-author and me indicating that this will be translated into Chinese, I just thought, ‘This is great.’”
First published by the Oxford University Press in 2013, Mating Intelligence Unleashed uses research on evolutionary psychology, intelligence, creativity, personality, social psychology, neuroscience, and more to answer age-old questions about mating and dating. Among these are: How do people really choose mates? What traits are attractive? Do nice guys really finish last?
Geher coined the phrase, “mating intelligence” in 2006 and his work has been featured in Psychology Today, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and elsewhere.
“The whole point of publishing ideas, in book format or otherwise, is to get others to think – and the idea of having people on the other side of the world read this book and think about the ideas that we discuss, regarding human mating, relationships, and evolution, is just very exciting,” said Geher. “I hope the folks in China like it.”
Geher is the director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz, founder of the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) and co-founder of the International Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.