Where social psychology, cognitive science, and evolutionary biology collide.
Power, Status, and Dominance
Power is a defining feature of human social relationships. Why do people seek power, and how do they rise to the top? What strategies do dominant and prestige-oriented individuals use to attain high rank in social groups?
Mating and Courtship
Finding a suitable mate is a challenging task. What qualities do men and women look for in a potential mate? How do people keep their relationships intact and fend off romantic rivals? Why do people get jealous?
Social belonging is a fundamental human need. How do people establish and maintain their relationships? How do they respond after being socially rejected; do they get angry, upset, seek revenge?
People develop beliefs about themselves and the world around them. But where do these beliefs come from, and how do they differ across cultures? Why do some people believe that ESP is real, the number 13 is unlucky, and psychics can accurately predict the future?
Psychological science offers unique insights into how learning works. How can students apply these lessons to accomplish their academic and career goals? How can teachers foster lifelong learning among their students?