T. Joel Wade
Professor of Psychology
The Evolutionary Psychology of Breaking up and Making up
October 20th, 2014
Cosponsored with Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVP)
Academic A G008
5:10 to 6:15 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm)
Prior evolutionary theory based research has not appropriately examined how deficits in sexual access and emotional access affect mate expulsion decisions. Additionally, evolutionary theory based research has not examined how emotional commitment and access, and sexual access affect reconciliation decisions. The research presented realistically examines the role of sexual access and emotional access in mate expulsion decisions, and examines the role of emotional commitment and access and sexual access in reconciliation decisions. A lack of emotional access was hypothesized to be more likely to lead women to end a relationship while a lack of sexual access was expected to be more likely to lead men to end a relationship. Additionally, women were expected to rate actions related to emotional commitment and access as more effective reconciliation behaviors while men were expected to rate actions related to sexual access as more effective reconciliation behaviors. The results were consistent with the hypotheses are discussed in terms of evolutionary theory and prior research.
T. Joel Wade received his M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel in Social Psychology. He is presently a full professor in the Department of Psychology at Bucknell University where he teaches Social Psychology, Social Psychology Research Methods, and The Psychology of Beauty and Attraction. His research focuses on mate selection criteria, mate attraction methods, mate expulsion, reactions to infidelity, love acts, and relationship reconciliation from an evolutionary theory perspective. He has been a Carolina Minority Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was nominated as a potential Fellow at the Center For The Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Research In Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also. He has published numerous articles in journals such as: Evolution & Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Social Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology(Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences), and the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.
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