The Evolutionary Psychology Lab, directed by Jon Maner, focuses on the interplay between motivation, emotion, and social cognition. Specific research areas include: close relationships (e.g., romantic attraction and the maintenance of long-term relationships), power and leadership, social affiliation and rejection, and self-protective processes.

Graduate Students

Connor Hasty's research interests broadly lie within the field of evolutionary social psychology. One of his main research interests focuses on the integration of traditional social psychological and evolutionary approaches to the study of social hierarchy. He examines the factors that underlie strategies people use when moving their way through hierarchically arranged groups, as well as the role emotion plays in regulating social hierarchies. More broadly, he is interested in the ways in which an evolutionary approach can help advance and unify theories within social psychology.


Allie Ketterman’s research interests involve the ways in which people influence one another, and how social influence reflects the strategies people use to navigate social hierarchies. Allie's undergraduate research focused on how individuals scoring high on the Dark Triad personality traits (Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and psychopathy) respond to social pressure, and how that relates to their experience of guilt, shame, and empathy. When she is not doing research, Allie enjoys working with and showing off-track Thoroughbred horses.


Juliana French’s research lies at the intersection of relationships science and evolutionary psychology. Broadly, her program of research examines how relationships begin, develop, and dissolve. She is especially interested in the implications of evolutionary mismatch for peoples’ relationships; for example, how do modern novelties—such as hormonal contraceptives, or the vast pool of easily accessible potential partners—impact partner selection, intrasexual competition, and long-term relationship maintenance? In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on her yoga mat and spending time with her husband and two cats.

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Steph Mallinas is broadly interested in the roles of threat and uncertainty in intergroup cognition. One area of her research considers how different forms of functionally relevant threats (such as those to values, safety, and status) motivate outgroup biases, affect ingroup identification, and influence ingroup-outgroup categorization processes. She is also interested in how people use social category information to manage the uncertainty of whether individual outgroup members pose threats or opportunities.

Undergraduate Honors Students


Jose Martinez is conducting research investigating whether individuals who are high in dominance or prestige are likely to endorse others for leadership positions. His other research interests are in dark personality traits (e.g., the Dark Tetrad, masochism, pessimism), emotions (e.g., shame, guilt, envy, pride), and social worldviews (dangerous SWV, competitive SWV). Over the summer, he participated in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) internship sponsored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. When not conducting research, Jose serves as vice president of FSU’s Psi Chi chapter.

Lab Alumni (alphabetical)

Sarah (Ainsworth) MacPherson, Tallahassee Community College

Michael Baker, East Carolina University

Charleen Case, University of Michigan

Kyle Conlon, Stephen F. Austin State University

Nathan DeWall,  University of Kentucky

Adam Fay, SUNY Oswego

Jonathan Kunstman, Miami University Ohio

Jennifer Leo, Holleran Consulting

Anastasia (Stacey) Makhanova, University of Arkansas

Nicole Mead, York University

Andrew Menzel

Saul Miller

Justin Moss, Arkansas Tech University

Tania Reynolds, Kinsey Institute & Indiana University

D. Aaron Rouby