Ongoing Research Projects
Resource Scarcity & Women's Competition
My dissertation research examines whether resource scarcity might have important implications for women's perceptions of same- (vs. opposite-) sex others' competitiveness, and, thus, their social relationships in competitive environments, such as the workplace.
Willingness to Try New Food & Perceptions of Sociosexuality
Guided by past research showing that food neophobia is related to a more unrestricted mating strategy, my colleagues and I have been examining whether target's willingness to try new food provides a cue of their sociosexual orientation.
Social Status & Disgust Sensitivity
Because social status plays an important role in modulating the costs associated with pathogen-avoidance behaviors, social status may be conceptually linked to disgust sensitivity in ways that have important implications for person perception. My colleagues and I have been examining this possibility across a series of studies.
Pathogen-Avoidance Motivation, Control over Pathogen Exposure, & Basal Immunological Activity
This research line examines how one's ability to behaviorally regulate pathogen exposure modulates disgust sensitivity and the activities of the immune system.