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Alec T. Beall, Ph.D.

Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alec Beall received his Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of British Columbia where he was co-supervised by Jess and Mark Schaller. His research is informed by contemporary perspectives in evolutionary psychology and generally focuses on short-term mating, sexual attraction, parenting, and goal-oriented human behavior more broadly.

With Jess, Alec has proposed a novel framework for understanding the evolutionary emergence of distinct emotions (e.g., happiness, romantic love, pride); specifically, he suggests that a host of distinct emotions have co-evolved with fundamental motivational systems to galvanize physiological, psychological, and behavioral responses geared towards solving recurrent adaptive problems encountered throughout hominid evolution.

Alec and Jess have also investigated the role of emotion expressions on first-impression sexual attraction, the role of the color red on first-impression sexual attraction, and the role of women’s menstrual cycle phase on clothing choice. His research is supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and more information about Alec can be found here.

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