I am interested in several areas of social psychology including but not limited to interpersonal processes, social influence, prejudice and stereotypes, and cognitive errors and biases. However, my main interests lie in the processes within romantic relationships. I am interested in studying how people begin, maintain, and end romantic relationships. Most recently I have been investigating predictors and cognitive effects of dating infidelity. I have also studied the effects of awareness of one’s mortality on one’s commitment to a romantic relationship, attraction to one’s partner, and perceptions of infidelity. Finally, I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching. I study various teaching methods that can increase students’ depth of learning.
In addition to the research listed in my vitae, here are some examples of student research projects that I have supervised:
- The eyes have it: The effects of proximity and gender on emotion perception
- Get a room: Public displays of affection and self-esteem
- It’s not you, it’s me: Attachment in friendships between ex-romantic partners