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My research explores the role that adaptive psychological mechanisms
play in behavioral and decision-making contexts. Much of what we think about
(or don't think about), the decisions we make (or not), and the (dis)satisfaction
we have with those decisions is driven by a fundamental set of evolved predispositions
interacting with subtle features of our current environments. In approaching psychology
from this perspective, my research has concentrated on interpersonal cognition how and
why people think, prefer, choose, and act with or because of each other. This work has
led to projects investigating threat identification, romantic relationships,
self-control and risky decisions, and nonconscious effects of touch sensations.
Currently, I am interested in understanding how exposure to contagious disease
cues and bodily factors such as
immune system functioning interact to influence various forms of social behavior.