ProjectsI am currently involved in a number of projects. A selection includes:
- A five year ERC Starting Grant funded project, The Human Behavioral Immune System: Consequences for Health and Innovation. The project involves testing basic aspects of our anti-pathogen psychology, including how pathogen-avoidance affects our health psychology, our food psychology, and our attitudes toward innovations.
- With Francesca Righetti: Testing how hormonal fluctuations relate to satisfaction, trust, and sacrifice within romantic couples.
- With Tingting Ji and Mark van Vugt: Understanding how people’s perceptions of others integrate categorizations based on group membership with other characteristics (e.g., an individual’s sex and age), and how these integrations impact perceptions of threats posed by individuals and resulting attitudes toward those individuals.
- With Daniel Balliet and Paul van Lange: Developing a theoretical model to explain how people understand the their interdependence with others.
- With Richard Ronay: Testing how “power poses” affect testosterone and risk-taking.
- With Catherine Molho and Daniel Balliet: Investigating how emotional responses (e.g., disgust versus anger) to anti-social behaviors are differentially associated with punishment tactics (e.g., direct versus indirect aggression).
After completing my bachelor studies in social psychology at Arizona State University, I enrolled in the evolutionary psychology Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico in 2004. The program offered an interdisciplinary training across the evolutionary behavioral sciences housed within anthropology, biology, and psychology departments. Then, after completing my Ph.D. in 2009, I worked as a postdoc in health psychology under the advisement of Angela Bryan. I started as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at VU University in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. I teach courses on research methodology, statistics, and evolutionary approaches to human behavior. I also manage the Evolutionary Social and Organizational Psychology (EVSOP) lab group, where researchers from my department, from other departments at the VU (e.g., biology), and from other universities in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany visit to discuss and enrich research ideas inspired by evolutionary theory.
My research interests are described in detail here: http://www.joshtybur.com/research/
|TR Kupfer & JM Tybur (2017) Pathogen disgust and interpersonal personality. Personality and Individual Differences 116, 379-384|
|CE Ashton-James, JM Tybur & T Forouzanfar (2017) Interpersonal behavior in anticipation of pain: a naturalistic study of behavioral mimicry prior to surgery.. PAIN Reports|
|C Molho, JM Tybur, E Güler, D Balliet & W Hofmann (2017) Disgust and anger relate to different aggressive responses to moral violations. Psychological science, 0956797617692000|
|J Wu, D Balliet, JM Tybur, S Arai, PAM Van Lange & T Yamagishi (2017) Life history strategy and human cooperation in economic games. Evolution and Human Behavior||1|
|NJ Van Doesum, JM Tybur & PAM Van Lange (2017) Class impressions: Higher social class elicits lower prosociality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 68, 11-20||3|
|R Ronay & JM Tybur (2017) The wolf will live with the lamb. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40|
|F van Leeuwen, A Dukes, JM Tybur & JH Park (2017) Disgust sensitivity relates to moral foundations independent of political ideology.. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences 11 (1), 92||5|
|R Ronay, JM Tybur, D van Huijstee & M Morssinkhof (2016) Embodied power, testosterone, and overconfidence as a causal pathway to risk-taking. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 1-16||1|
|I van Delft, C Finkenauer, JM Tybur & F Lamers-Winkelman (2016) Disgusted by sexual abuse: Exploring the association between disgust sensitivity and posttraumatic stress symptoms among mothers of sexually abused children.|
|JM Tybur, Y Inbar, L Aarøe, P Barclay, FK Barlow, M De Barra, DV Becker & ... (2016) Parasite stress and pathogen avoidance relate to distinct dimensions of political ideology across 30 nations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201607398||4|
|RE de Vries, JM Tybur, TV Pollet & M van Vugt (2016) Evolution, situational affordances, and the HEXACO model of personality. Evolution and human behavior 37 (5), 407-421||6|
|JM Tybur, M Laakasuo, J Ruff & F Klauke (2016) How pathogen cues shape impressions of foods: the omnivore's dilemma and functionally specialized conditioning. Evolution and Human Behavior 37 (5), 376-386||1|
|SLK Gruijters, JM Tybur, RAC Ruiter & K Massar (2016) Sex, germs, and health: pathogen-avoidance motives and health-protective behaviour. Psychology & health 31 (8), 959-975||2|
|D Balliet, JM Tybur & PAM Van Lange (2016) Functional Interdependence Theory An Evolutionary Account of Social Situations. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1088868316657965||6|
|D Balliet, JM Tybur, J Wu, C Antonellis & PAM Van Lange (2016) Political Ideology, Trust, and Cooperation In-group Favoritism among Republicans and Democrats during a US National Election. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 0022002716658694|
|I Delft, C Finkenauer, JM Tybur & F Lamers‐Winkelman (2016) Disgusted by Sexual Abuse: Exploring the Association Between Disgust Sensitivity and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Among Mothers of Sexually Abused Children. Journal of traumatic stress 29 (3), 237-244|
|CEE van Andel, JM Tybur & PAM Van Lange (2016) Donor registration, college major, and prosociality: Differences among students of economics, medicine and psychology. Personality and Individual Differences 94, 277-283||1|
|SW Gangestad & JM Tybur (2016) Editorial overview: Evolutionary psychology. Current Opinion in Psychology 7, v-viii||4|
|JM Tybur & D Lieberman (2016) Human pathogen avoidance adaptations. Current Opinion in Psychology 7, 6-11||6|
|JM Sherlock, BP Zietsch, JM Tybur & P Jern (2016) The quantitative genetics of disgust sensitivity.. Emotion 16 (1), 43||9|