Current Graduate Students

Laith Al-Shawaf

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Laith Al-Shawaf joined the BussLab in August 2009 after graduating from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. His undergraduate concentrations were in Psychology, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science. Through his readings and conversations with professors, he discovered evolutionary psychology (EP), a powerful theoretical lens for understanding and explaining human cognition and behavior. In addition to his diverse interests within EP, Laith also has an interest in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience, which he hopes to incorporate into his research at UT. Along with collaborators, he is currently working on 2 lines of research involving a) disgust sensitivity and the immune system, and b) hypothesized adaptations in women to defend against sexual coercion. He is looking forward to beginning a third line of theoretical and empirical research on Error Management Theory (EMT) and related cognitive biases.

Kelly Asao

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Kelly entered the BussLab in the fall of 2011 after completing her B.A. with distinction in psychology from The University of Pennsylvania. She became fascinated with the field of Evolutionary Psychology under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Kurzban. While at Penn, Kelly’s research focused on mate choice copying and moral decision-making. Kelly's research focuses on friendship and morality from an evolutionary perspective. She is particularly fascinated by how individual differences, loyalty, and reputation interact to influence moral decision-making.

Dan Conroy-Beam

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Dan entered the Buss Lab in the fall of 2011 after completing his B.S. at the University of Texas. His research explores mate preferences and their links to actual mating outcomes. Dan is interested in how mate preferences affect such things as how we select our mating strategy, evaluate potential mates, select mates, and evaluate and regulate our mateships. To this end, Dan applies a variety of multivariate methods as well as agent-based modeling techniques.

Joy Wyckoff

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Joy Wyckoff entered the BussLab in fall 2014 after completing her M.A. from the College of William & Mary in Experimental Psychology. She received her B.A. from University of California Santa Barbara where she majored in Psychology and minored in Anthropology. She became interested in evolutionary psychology while studying mixed mating strategies and vocal cues to attractiveness and dominance at UCSB. At William & Mary, she studied domain-specific self-esteem and aggression tactics with Dr. Lee Kirkpatrick. Currently, she is interested in female intrasexual competition and indirect aggression.


Former Graduate Students


Former BussLab Photos

2011--2012
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Left to Right: Jaime Cloud, David Lewis, Judith Easton, David Buss, Cari Goetz, Laith Al-Shawaf, Kelly Asao, Dan Conroy-Beam

2010--2011
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Top row: David Lewis, Judith Easton, Jaime Cloud
Bottom row: Cari Goetz, Laith Al-Shawaf,
Carin Perilloux, Dr. David M. Buss

2009-2010
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Left to right: David Lewis, Cari Goetz, Diana Santos Fleischman, Judith Easton
Dr. David M. Buss,
Carin Perilloux Jaime Confer, Laith Al-Shawaf

2008-2009
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Left to right: David Lewis, Cari Goetz, Jaime Confer, Dr. David M. Buss,
Judith Easton,
Diana Santos Fleischman, Carin Perilloux

2007-2008
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Top Row: Cari Goetz, David Lewis, Judith Easton, and Jaime Confer
Bottom Row: Diana Santos Fleischman, Dr. David M. Buss, Carin Perilloux

2006-2007
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Top Row: David Lewis, Sarah Hill, Joongwhan Jeon
Bottom Row: Carin Perilloux, Judith Easton, Dr. David M. Buss, Jaime Confer, Diana Santos Fleischman

2005-2006
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Top Row: Joongwhan Jeon, David Lewis, Sarah Hill, Sean Conlan
Bottom Row: Carin Perilloux, Dr. David M. Buss, Diana Santos Fleischman

2004-2005
Graduate Students
Dr. David M. Buss and graduate students
Top Row: Joshua Duntley, Dr. David M. Buss, Sean Conlan, Joongwhan Jeon
Bottom Row: Carin Perilloux, Sarah Hill, Diana Santos Fleischman

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