Research Focus: Interpersonal communication, social
influence, behavioral neuroendocrinology, message processing and
My primary research interests are in interpersonal communication and social influence/persuasion (both dyadic and group). The research in which I am more recently involved in stems from an interest in understanding human communication behavior more fully. Specifically, it is my belief that in order to gain a more thorough understanding of the process(es) underlying communication it is necessary to examine the social, interpersonal, and environmental factors that affect communication, as well as the intrapersonal cognitive and endocrine factors that affect communication. This interdisciplinary approach to understanding communication behavior is reflected most prominently in my qualifying paper, in which both inter- and intra-personal factors of verbal aggressiveness are considered and examined. This study was conducted in order to understand better the cognitive and hormonal underpinnings that may lead to differences in verbal aggression between people. Additionally, I am conducting a number of studies examining how prenatal biological hormones, such as androgens, affect people’s ability to detect and tell lies, as well as, their suspicion and inclination to be deceptive. Finally, I am interested in examining evolutionary perspectives as it applies to mate choice examining how nonverbal cues in group settings may differentially affect how males and females select partners.