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 Amsterdam in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. I teach courses on research methodology, statistics, and evolutionary approaches to human behavior. I currently serve as Associate Editor at Evolution and Human Behavior, the official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.
ProjectsI am currently involved in a number of projects, many of which fall under the umbrella of a five-year ERC Starting Grant, which aims to test fundamental aspects of humans’ psychology of pathogen avoidance. A selection of these projects includes:
- With Annika Karinen and Reinout de Vries: Testing accuracy in assessing others’ disgust sensitivity. Using a sample of approximately 300 dyads, this project applies self-other agreement methods from personality psychology to the study of disgust sensitivity.
- With Annika Karinen, Catherine Molho, and Tom Kupfer: Testing whether perceptions of foreign norm adherence or close contact with locals underlies the relationship between pathogen-avoidance psychology and anti-immigrant sentiments. In this registered report, we experimentally manipulate descriptions of immigrants as either having close physical contact with locals (or not) and maintaining the norms of their home country (or not), and we test whether these experimental manipulations moderate the relationship between disgust sensitivity and anti-immigrant sentiments.
- With Catherine Molho, Fan Lei, Tom Kupfer, Daniel Balliet, and Paul van Lange: 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). We are using multiple techniques to test this question, including daily diary assessments, online sampling, and laboratory testing.
- With Cagla Cinar: Better understanding how food neophobia varies across meat and plant categories. We are using field studies, online experiments, and behavioral studies, in which participants complete self-report instruments and behavioral assessments (e.g., willingness to ingest edible insects).
- With Cagla Cinar and Paola Perone: Testing hypotheses of prepared learning in evaluative conditioning. In these studies, we are using standard evaluative conditioning approaches in which images of conditioned stimuli are paired with positively- or negatively-valence unconditioned stimuli. We are testing whether disgust-eliciting unconditioned stimuli change assessments of foods differently than non-disgust-eliciting unconditioned stimuli do.
- With Paola Perone and Cagla Cinar: Investigating the effects of hunger on reactions to pathogen cues. We are using within-participant methods to test whether fasting for 15 hours affects heart rate, skin conductance responses, and self-reports of emotion toward a variety of emotion-evoking stimuli.
- With Florian van Leeuwen, Yoel Inbar, Michael Bang Peterson, and many other collaborators: Testing how pathogen avoidance motives relate to prejudice against gay men, lesbian women, and other sexual minorities. Using a sample of over 12,000 participants from 31 nations, we are examining how the data support different theoretical accounts aiming to explain the relationship between disgust sensitivity and antipathy toward gay men and lesbians.
My research interests are described in detail here: http://www.joshtybur.com/research/
|W Tierney, J Hardy III, CR Ebersole, D Viganola, EG Clemente, M Gordon & ... (2021) A creative destruction approach to replication: Implicit work and sex morality across cultures. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 93, 104060||4|
|JM Tybur & D Lieberman (2021) Considerations of the proximate mechanisms and ultimate functions of disgust will improve our understanding of cleansing effects. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44|
|G Palomo-Vélez, JM Tybur & M van Vugt (2021) Is green the new sexy? Romantic of conspicuous conservation. Journal of Environmental Psychology 73, 101530||2|
|A Karinen, L Wesseldijk, P Jern & JM Tybur (2021) Sex, drugs, and genes: Illuminating the moral condemnation of recreational drugs. PsyArXiv|
|Ç Çınar, A Karinen & JM Tybur (2021) The Multidimensional Nature of Food Neophobia. PsyArXiv|
|T Ji, JM Tybur & M van Vugt (2021) Gendered outgroup prejudice: An evolutionary threat management perspective on anti-immigrant bias. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 24 (1), 177-192|
|JM Ackerman, JM Tybur & AD Blackwell (2020) What role does pathogen-avoidance psychology play in pandemics?. Trends in cognitive sciences|
|W Tierney, JH Hardy III, CR Ebersole, K Leavitt, D Viganola, EG Clemente & ... (2020) Creative destruction in science. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 161, 291-309||7|
|JM Tybur, BC Jones, LM DeBruine, JM Ackerman & V Fasolt (2020) Preregistered Direct Replication of “Sick Body, Vigilant Mind: The Biological Immune System Activates the Behavioral Immune System”. Psychological science 31 (11), 1461-1469|
|TR Kupfer, Y Inbar & JM Tybur (2020) Reexamining the role of intent in moral judgements of purity violations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 91, 104043|
|C Kandler, D Bratko, A Butković, TV Hlupić, JM Tybur, LW Wesseldijk & ... (2020) How genetic and environmental variance in personality traits shift across the life span: Evidence from a cross-national twin study.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology|
|JM Tybur, D Lieberman, L Fan, TR Kupfer & RE de Vries (2020) Behavioral Immune Trade-Offs: Interpersonal Value Relaxes Social Pathogen Avoidance. Psychological Science, 0956797620960011|
|MB Petersen, JM Tybur & PA Stewart (2020) Disgust and political attitudes.. Politics & the Life Sciences 39 (2)||1|
|JM Tybur, C Molho, B Cakmak, TD Cruz, GD Singh & M Zwicker (2020) Disgust, anger, and aggression: further tests of the equivalence of moral emotions. Collabra: Psychology 6 (1)||2|
|C Molho, JM Tybur, PAM Van Lange & D Balliet (2020) Direct and indirect punishment of norm violations in daily life. Nature communications 11 (1), 1-9||7|
|NM Blaker, BR Spisak, JM Tybur, M Kandrik & RD Arvey (2020) Cue masking and cultural signals: Testing context-specific preferences for bald (ing) leaders. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 88, 103936|
|P Perone, DV Becker & JM Tybur (2020) Visual disgust elicitors produce an attentional blink independent of contextual and trait-level pathogen avoidance.. Emotion||2|
|NJ Van Doesum, RE de Vries, AAJ Blokland, JM Hill, DM Kuhlman & ... (2020) Social mindfulness: Prosocial the active way. The Journal of Positive Psychology 15 (2), 183-193||12|
|NM Blaker, BR Spisak, JM Tybur, M Kandrik & RD Arvey (2020) VU Research Portal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 88, 103936|
|MB Petersen, JM Tybur & PA Stewart (2020) Disgust and political attitudes: Guest Editors’ Introduction to the Special Issue. Politics and the Life Sciences 39 (2), 129-134||1|