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Keywords: stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination; stigma; fundamental social motives and social cognition; religion and conflict; evolutionary approaches to social behavior; ecology and culture; female sociality; happiness and meaning in life
We are currently exploring the following issues, and others like them:
Our approach is an integrative one, pulling together theory and findings from social psychology, ecological psychology, and evolutionary biology to explore fundamental questions of social cognition and behavior.
CONDUCT RESEARCH AND EARN COURSE CREDIT!! We are looking for motivated, curious, and enthusiastic research assistants to help us investigate research issues like those above. Learn first-hand about research and gain valuable experience for graduate school and the job market. You will collect data, explore the research literature, and perform several other project-related tasks while learning about a wide range of topics in social and evolutionary psychology. In addition to research-related activities during the week, and participation in smaller project meetings, all undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab join Professor Neuberg every Friday afternoon for a two-hour research meeting. During this time, we review the week’s activities, generate new research ideas, design new studies, bring to the group hot-off-the-presses data from studies just completed, discuss new findings in social and evolutionary psychology, and/or relate our research to events in the broader world. We encourage active participation by undergrads and grads alike—the livelier, the better. The vast majority of undergraduate students who work in this lab go on to graduate school—and some are now even running their own lab meetings as professors!
For additional information contact Cari Pick.
Professor Neuberg earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, his graduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University, and had a NATO Fellowship year at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research has been published in outlets such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Handbook of Social Psychology, and Perspectives on Psychological Science; has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and Army Research Institute; and has received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize. He is the recipient of several ASU teaching honors, including the Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award and the CLAS Outstanding Teaching Award. Curriculum Vitae.
Jaimie Arona Krems, Doctoral Student, Social Psychology, Department of Psychology
Jaimie Arona Krems has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Experimental Psychology at Oklahoma State University (beginning Fall 2018). Jaimie’s primary research explores the often-overlooked complexities of female sociality (friendship, rivalry)—as well as friendship and cooperation more broadly. Her secondary line of research uses functional thinking to better understand classic social psychological topics, such as stereotyping and prejudice, trust, and well-being. Her work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science, and has received attention in The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, and The London Times. Krems earned her A.B. in Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.Sc. in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology from The University of Oxford, working under Robin Dunbar and Oliver Curry.
Cari Pick, Doctoral Student, Social Psychology, Department of Psychology
Cari's research interests include many facets of evolutionary social psychology. She is particularly interested in studying processes that influence intergroup relations, including stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination. She is also interested in the ways that women and minorities are affected by intergroup conflict and overcome social obstacles. Cari earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Advisor: Neuberg.
Ahra Ko, Doctoral Student, Social Psychology, Department of Psychology
Ahra’s research focuses on the interplay between emotion, motivation, and social cognition. Her research explores (1) the function of happiness and meaning in life, (2) the science of mating motives and mate value, and (3) the role of fundamental social motives in social cognition. She has examined how happiness is closely intertwined with mating mechanisms, and why and how happiness judgments are made. Ahra earned her B.A. and M.A. under Eunkook Mark Suh at Yonsei University, Republic of Korea. Advisor: Neuberg.
Michael Barlev, Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Psychology, Department of Psychology
Michael takes an adaptationist approach to his research, which combines foundational insights from the theory of evolution by natural selection and the computational theory of mind. He primarily studies (1) social decision-making (e.g., welfare trade-off theory, physical formidability as a resource in friend and romantic partner choice), (2) how the social ecology calibrates life history, and (3) learning and memory (e.g., how the mind builds concepts that were not the targets of natural selection; e.g., an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and incorporeal God concept). Michael earned his PhD in Psychology and MA in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and a BS in Psychology and a BA in History from UC Davis.
Former graduate students
Former undergraduate honors students/research assistants now in relevant fields: (alphabetical by last name)
Below are a sample of recent publications from Dr. Neuberg's research and lab. A more complete listing may be found in Dr. Neuberg's curriculum vitae. * = Student authors
2018 and in press
*Sng, O., Neuberg, S. L., Varnum, M. E. W., & Kenrick, D. T. (in press). The behavioral ecology of cultural psychological variation. Psychological Review.
Kenrick, D.T., Cohen, A. B., Neuberg, Sl. L., & Cialdini, R. B. (in press). The science of anti-scientific thinking. Scientific American.
Cohen, A. B., & Neuberg, S. L. (in press). Religious cultures and religious conflict. S. Kitayama & D. Cohen (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.
*Sng, O., Neuberg, S. L., Varnum, M. E. W., & Kenrick, D. T. (2017). The crowded life is a slow life: Population density and life history strategy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112, 736-754.
Schaller, M., Kenrick, D.T., Neel, B., & Neuberg, S. L. (2017). Evolution and human motivation: A fundamental motives framework. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 11. Online only, DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12319.
Neuberg, S. L., & Kenrick, A. C. (2017). Discriminating ecologies: A life history approach to stigma and health. In B. Major, J. F. Dovidio, & B. G. Link (Eds.), Handbook of stigma, discrimination and health (pp. 125-145). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
*Filip-Crawford, G., & Neuberg, S.L. (2016). Homosexuality and pro-gay ideology as pathogens? Implications of a disease-spread lay model for understanding anti-gay behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Review.
*Krems, J.A., Dunbar, R., Neuberg, S. (2016). Something to talk about: Are conversation sizes constrained by mental modeling abilities? Evolution and Human Behavior.
*Krems, J.A., Neel, R., Neuberg, S.L., Puts, D.A., & Kenrick, D.T. (2016, April). Women selectively guard their (desirable) mates from ovulating women. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(4), 551-573.
Neel, R., Kenrick, D.T., White, A. E., & Neuberg, S.L. (2016). Individual differences in fundamental social motives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(6), 887-907.
Neuberg, S.L., & Schaller, M. (2016). An evolutionary threat-management approach to predudices. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 1-5.”
*Williams, K.E., *Sng, O., & Neuberg, S. L. (2016). Ecology-driven stereotypes override race stereotypes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,113(2), 310-315.
*Sng, O., *Williams, K. E. G., & Neuberg, S. L. (2016). Evolutionary approaches to stereotyping and prejudice. In C. Sibley & F. K. Barlow (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of the psychology of prejudice (pp. 21-46). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
*Krems, J.A., *Filip-Crawford, G., & Neuberg, S.L., & Kenrick, D.T. (2015). Is she angry? (Sexually desirable) Women ‘see’ anger on female faces. Psychological Science, 26, 1655-1663.
Neuberg, S.L., & Schaller, M. (2014). Evolutionary social cognition. M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology (Vol. 1, Attitudes and social cognition, pp. 3 - 45, E. Borgida & J. A. Bargh [Assoc. Eds.]). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Neuberg, S.L., Warner, C.M., *Mistler, S.A., *Berlin, A., *Hill, E. D., *Johnson, J.D., *Filip-Crawford, G., Millsap, R.E., Thomas, G., Winkelman, M., Broome, B.J., Taylor, T.J., & Schober, J. (2014). Religion and intergroup conflict: Findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological Science, 25, 198-206.
*Pirlott, A.G., & Neuberg, S.L. (2014). Sexual prejudice: Avoiding unwanted sexual interest? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 92-101.
Neuberg, S. L., & *Sng, O. (2013). A life history theory of social perception: Stereotyping at the intersections of age, sex, and ecology (and race). Social Cognition, 31, 696–711.
*Kenrick, A. C., *Shapiro, J. R., & Neuberg, S. L. (2013). Do parental bonds break anti-fat stereotyping? Parental work-ethic ideology and disease concerns predict bias against heavy-weight children. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 723-731.
*Neel, R., *Neufeld, S.L., & Neuberg, S.L. (2013). Would an obese person whistle Vivaldi? Targets of prejudice self-present to minimize the appearance of specific threats. Psychological Science, 24, 678-687.
2012 and earlier
Schaller, M., & Neuberg, S.L. (2012). anger, disease, and the nature of prejudice(s). J. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 46, pp. 1 - 55). Burlington, VT: Academic Press. [Winner, Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues]
*Neel, R., Becker, D.V., Neuberg, S.L., & Kenrick, D.T. (2012). Who expressed what emotion? Men grab anger, women grab happiness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 583-586.
Neuberg, S. L., Kenrick, D. T., & Schaller, M. (2011). Human threat management systems: Self-protection and disease avoidance. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 1042-1051.
Oliver Sng successfully defended his dissertation and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in Joshua Ackerman’s Evolutionary Social Psychology lab at the University of Michigan. Congrats Oliver! (posted 8/31/16).
Doctoral student Keelah Williams rocked 2016! She received a 2016 Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Graduate Student Award, which recognizes Doctoral and Master’s degree candidates who have distinguished themselves through exceptional scholarship, research, creative activities, and noteworthy performance in leadership and service. She also received the 2016 Darwyn and Marie Linder Graduate Fellowship in Social Psychology for demonstrating excellence in research and classroom performance in experimental social psychology. Congratulations Keelah!
Doctoral student Jaimie Krems was selected to receive the prestigious Philanthropic Education Organization Scholar Award. PEO awards "are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada ...who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study or research." Congrats Jaimie!! (posted 4/06/16).
Allison Varley successfully defended her dissertation on “Values, Goals, and Threat: Value Incompatibilities — More than Dissimilarities — Predict Distinct Prejudices”. Congratulations Allison--whoops… DR. Varley--and best of luck moving forward!
Congratulations to Keelah Williams for successfully defending her dissertation on “An Affordance Management, Life History Approach to Perceptions of Criminal Behavior”. In summer of 2017, Dr. Williams is joining the faculty of Hamilton College as an assistant professor in their Department of Psychology.
Following in the steps of her senior academic-sibling, Keelah Williams, doctoral student Jaimie Krems rocked 2017, receiving both the 2017 Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Graduate Student Award and the 2017 Darwyn and Marie Linder Graduate Fellowship in Social Psychology. Congratulations Jaimie!
Our recent work on the effects of population density has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. You can read about it on ASU's Discoveries page and in an article in Scientific American.
Our approach to prejudice has been highlighted in “The Outsiders: has evolution programmed us to shun and turn our backs on refugees – even when they might die without our help?” Aeon (6/1/16).
"The truth about migration: How evolution made us xenophobes" New Scientist (4/6/16).
Ovulating Women by Krems et al
Hey, Ovulating Women: Stay Away From My Man (New York Magazine, 1/15/16).
Science: Women Instinctively Guard Their Mates From Other Women Who Are Ovulating (KNUE, 1/18/16).
Your girlfriend subconsciously guards you from other ovulating women (Esquire UK, 1/18/16).
Why women keep their partners away from fertile friends (The London Times, 1/20/16).
Too hot to handle (Boston Globe, 1/31/16)
Why Some Women Guard Their Men (And You Should Take it as a Compliment) (Playboy, 2/2/16).
Rethinking Racial Stereotypes (Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Character and Context, 6/6/2016)
Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white (ASU Now, 12/28/15).
Researchers Say Racial Stereotypes May Be A Matter Of Class: You May Not Be Racist, But You’re Still Wrong (Medical Daily, 1/30/15)
Does religion turn weak groups violent? (ASU News, 1/16/14)