Our research meetings take place about once a month and function as a discussion platform. Guests are welcome, both to present ideas and to simply attend and listen. If you want to learn more or would like to attend, please contact the respective organizer.
Evolutionary Social and Organizational Psychology (EVSOP)
The EVSOP research group is a meeting place where social and organizational psychologists who are interested in evolutionary perspectives can exchange ideas, discuss recent theoretical and empirical works in the field, and present recent research findings. We also have frequent guest speakers from other disciplines, including developmental psychology, educational neuroscience, behavioral endocrinology, and evolutionary biology. The ultimate focus of the research group is to use an evolutionary perspective to generate hypotheses and interpret empirical findings. Although a wide variety of content areas are discussed, the group is primarily focused on core departmental areas, including research related to trust, leadership, cooperation, social status, and applied (evolutionary) social psychology. To attend or present at the EVSOP meetings, please contact Joshua Tybur.
Trust and Cooperation
The Trust and Cooperation research group aims to exchange ideas and to spark collaborations between researchers who are interested in the psychology of interpersonal interactions, both in dyads and groups. We focus on social dilemmas, pro-relationship behaviors, trust, helping, altruism, and group cohesion. In particular, we are interested in identifying and understanding those personality traits, psychological mechanisms, and situational factors that can promote or hinder the development of trust and cooperation between individuals and groups. These insights will help us understand the cooperative nature of our human species and develop scientifically informed recommendations for improving the efficiency and wellbeing of organizational and institutional shareholders. To attend or present at these meetings, please contact Francesca Righetti.