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Psychological implications of the grandmother hypothesis
Our idea concerns the psychological consequences of menopause. It stems from the grandmother hypothesis which states that losing the ability to have children may actually increase women’s inclusive fitness because after menopause they no longer need to divide resources between existing offspring and the production of new offspring. If the grandmother hypothesis is true, we would expect menopause to create a dramatic shift in a women’s psychological outlook. We would expect the allocation of mental and disposable resources to shift away from self and toward kin.

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Prof Gita Mishra
Ms Marlise Hofer
Prof Mark Schaller
Prof Gita Mishra