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Graduate Trainee - Social Psychology
Advisor: Professor Martie Haselton
Year Entered Doctoral Program at UCLA: 2008
Undergraduate School/Major: Washington University, St. Louis/Psychology
Broadly speaking, I am interested in researching romantic relationships from an evolutionary perspective. My research focuses on the conditional nature of which sexual strategy an individual will pursue to enhance his or her reproductive success, determined by the properties of an individual, his or her partner, and their environment. Currently I am examining whether women's feelings of relationship satisfaction and commitment and their perceptions of their partners change across the ovulatory cycle, the influence of genetic compatibility on relationship satisfaction and stability, the role physical strength plays on men's sexual strategies, and the influence physical attractiveness has on relationship dynamics.
Publications and conference presentations:
Larson, C.M., Gildersleeve, K.A., & Haselton, M. (2010). Male Physical Strength is Associated with Favorable Attitudes towards Casual Sex and Sexual Success. Poster Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 28-30, 2010.
Banerjee, R., Yuill, N., Larson, C., Easton, K., Robinson, E., & Rowley, M. (2007). Children’s differentiation between beliefs about matters of fact and matters of opinion. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1084-1096.
Larson, C.M., Gildersleeve, K.A., & Haselton, M. (2009) Male Physical Strength is Associated with Favorable Attitudes towards Casual Sex and Sexual Success. Poster Presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Fullerton California, May 27-31, 2009.
Burkett, B., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., & Larson, C. (2008). Jealousy, Friendship and the Banker's Paradox. Poster Presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Evolutionary Psychology Pre-Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico, February 7, 2008.
De Backer, C., Larson, C., Cosmides, L. Bonding through gossip? The effect of gossip on levels of cooperation in social dilemma games. Paper Presented at 57th Annual ICA conference, San Francisco California, May 24-28, 2007.
Gildersleeve, K.A., Frederick, D.A., Larson, C., Filossof, Y., & Natwick, A. Positive Illusions in Self and Partner Ratings of Physical Attractiveness. Poster Presented at the APS Annual Convention, San Francisco California, May 22-25, 2009.
Gildersleeve, K.A., Larson, C., Pillsworth, E., & Haselton, M. Detection of Human Female Ovulation through Scent Cues: Preference, Discrimination, and Individual Variation among Men. Poster Presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Fullerton
Honors and awards:
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant Award, 2010