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Doug Kenrick

Doug Kenrick

Professor Kenrick's current research interests focus mainly on questions related to evolutionary social cognition (e.g., how attention, encoding, and memory for other people is influenced by fundamental human goals), as well as exploring links between evolutionary psychology and dynamical systems perspectives (e.g., how cultural norms emerge from individuals acting on evolved decision-rules).

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Ackerman, J. M., & Kenrick, D. T. (2008). The costs of benefits: Help-refusals highlight key trade-offs of social life. Personality & Social Psychology Review, 12, 118-140.
  • Ackerman, J., Shapiro, J. R., Neuberg, S. L., Kenrick, D. T., Schaller, M., Becker, D. V., Griskevicius, V., & Maner, J. K. (2006). They all look the same to me (unless they’re angry): From out-group homogeneity to out-group heterogeneity. Psychological Science, 17, 836-840.
  • Becker, D. V., Kenrick, D. T., Neuberg, S. L., Blackwell, K. C., & Smith, D. M. (2007). The confounded nature of angry men and happy women. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 92, 179-190.
  • Griskevicius, V., Goldstein, N., Mortensen, C., Cialdini, R. B., & Kenrick, D. T. (2006). Going along versus going alone: When fundamental motives facilitate strategic (non)conformity. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 91, 281-294.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Griskevicius, V., Sundie, J. M., Li, N. P., Li, Y. J., & Neuberg, S. L. (2009). Deep rationality: The evolutionary economics of decision-making. Social cognition, 27, 764-785. (special issue on the rationality debate)
  • Kenrick, D. T., & Keefe, R. C. (1992). Age preferences in mates reflect sex differences in human reproductive strategies. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 15, 75-133.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Li, N. L., & Butner, J. (2003). Dynamical evolutionary psychology: Individual decision rules and emergent social norms. Psychological Review, 110, 3-28.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Maner, J. K., Butner, J., Li, N. P., Becker, D. V., & Schaller, M. (2002). Dynamical evolutionary psychology: Mapping the domains of the new interactionist paradigm. Personality & Social Psychology Review, 6, 347-356.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Neuberg, S. L., Zierk, K., & Krones, J. (1994). Evolution and social cognition: Contrast effects as a function of sex, dominance, and physical attractiveness. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 20, 210-217.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Sundie, J. M., Nicastle, L. D., & Stone, G. O. (2001). Can one ever be too wealthy or too chaste? Searching for nonlinearities in mate judgment. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 80, 462-471.
  • Li, N. P., & Kenrick, D. T. (2006). Sex similarities and differences in preferences for short-term mates: What, whether, and why. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 90, 468-489.
  • Maner, J. K., Kenrick, D. T., Becker, D. V., Robertson, T. E., Hofer, B., Neuberg, S. L., Delton, A. W., Butner, J., & Schaller, M. (2005). Functional projection: How fundamental social motives can bias interpersonal perception. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 88, 63-78.

Other Publications:

  • Kenrick, D. T. (1994). Evolutionary social psychology: From sexual selection to social cognition. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 26, pp. 75-121). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Kenrick, D. T., Nieuweboer, S., & Buunk, A. P. (2010). Universal mechanisms and cultural diversity: Replacing the blank slate with a coloring book. In M. Schaller, A. Norenzayan, S. Heine, T. Yamagishi, & T. Kameda (Eds.), Evolution, culture, and the human mind (pp. 257-271). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Discovery of Human Nature
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Doug Kenrick
Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
Box 871104
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1104
United States of America

  • Phone: (480) 965-7249

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