Cognition and Behaviour

Just like physical traits, psychological traits are shaped by natural selection.

Behaviour can be thought of as adaptations shaped by the forces of evolution. The application of evolutionary principles to the study of human behaviour is often called evolutionary psychology.

Current Projects

Evolution, Intelligence, and Creativity, Crespi Lab
Do intelligence or creativity offer a selective advantage? The Crespi lab investigates this question, while looking at the relationship between these traits and the risk of autism and schizophrenia.

Disease Salience and Short-Term Mating,
Does our desire to avoid pathogens affect our choice of reproductive partners?  Research by Dr. Laura Dane focuses on the salience of disease risk to short-term mating interests, and investigates how these interests are moderated by narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism (the Dark Triad).