Ph.D. University of Michigan
Area: Biopsychology, Social
Psychology Office: 3018 East Hall
Psychology Phone: 734-764-6593
Alternate Office: 5261 ISR
Research and Teaching Interests
Appointments at UM include: Professor of Psychology; Professor of Psychiatry; Senior Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR; and
Director, ISR Evolution and Human Adaptation Program.
I am interested in evolutionary psychology and Darwinian medicine with an emphasis on the evolutionary origins and functions of emotions involved in psychopathology. In particular, I study how natural selection shaped the capacity for mood and how the regulation of normal high and low mood is related to clinical depression. Other interests include: motivation and unreachable goals; virtual foraging; studies of serotonin, cortisol and testosterone; behavioral genetics of personality; and studies of the human capacity for commitment.