I am interested in how evolution has shaped human social psychology and behavior. Most of my current research is concerned with human mating strategies.
In particular, I have conducted research on how people evaluate and choose potential long-term partners and on the ways in which women's sexual preferences, social behavior, and appearance shift in response to changes in fertility and environment.
I conduct ethnographic field studies with the Shuar, a hunter-horticulturalist population in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, and also conduct lab-based studies on men's and women's mate preferences.
Some of my upcoming research involves changes in mating preferences and strategies across the lifespan, conflicts of interest between parents and offspring regarding mate choice, and women's social psychology across many different domains.
Elizabeth G. Pillsworth Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology California State University Fullerton