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Navarrete Carlos Navarrete
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles 2004
Masters Biological Anthropology, California State University, Fullerton 1999
Bachelors History, University of California, Santa Barbara 1996
Primary Program: Social/Personality
247 Psychology
(517) 432-8391

Research Statement

Research Interests: Evolutionary psychology; Prejudice and discrimination; Morality; Minority underachievement and temporal discounting; Gender, race and mate choice; Cooperation and conflict in intergroup contexts.

Related Research Websites
Intergroup Relations Lab Research in the lab adopts an evolutionary perspective on cognition, attitudes and behavior relevant to intra and inter-group phenomena. Current projects explore the links among intergroup bias, coalitional and sexual aggression, and moral judgment. Methods include experiments that employ questionnaires, physiological measurement, preferences for certain visual stimuli, and reactions to 3-D images in immersive, virtual environments (or "virtual reality").
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.

Research Publications    
2012Navarrete, C.D., McDonald, M., Mott, M., & Asher, B. (2012). Virtual Morality: Emotion and Action in a Simulated 3-D Trolley Problem. Emotion. 12(2): 365-370.
2011Navarrete, C.D. (2011). Intergroup bias as a natural phenomenon. In Wang, X.T & Yang-Jie, S. (Eds.), Thus Spake Evolutionary Psychologists. Peking University Press: Beijing, China. pp. 114-123.
2011McDonald, M., Sidanius, J., & Navarrete, C. (2011). Developing a theory of gendered prejudice: An evolutionary and social dominance perspective. In Kramer, R., Leonardelli, A., & Livingston, R., (Eds.), Social Cognition, Social Identity, and Intergroup Relations: A Festschrift in Honor of Marilynn Brewer. Psychology Press Festschrift Series, Taylor and Francis.
2011Navarrete, C.D. (in press). Coping with germs and people: Investigating the link between pathogen threat and human social cognition. Behavioral & Brain Sciences.
2011McDonald, M., Asher, B., Kerr, N., & Navarrete, C.D. (2011). Fertility and intergroup bias in racial and in minimal group contexts: Evidence for shared architecture. Psychological Science. 22(7): 860-865.
2011Snyder, J., Fessler, D., Tiokhin, L., Frederick, D., Lee, S., & Navarrete, C.D. (2011). Trade-offs in a dangerous world: Women's fear of crime predicts preferences for aggressive and formidable mates. Evolution & Human Behavior. 32, 127–137.
2010Navarrete, C.D., McDonald, M., Mott, M., Cesario, J., & Sapolsky, R. (2010). Fertility and race perception predict voter preference for Barack Obama. Evolution & Human Behavior, 31(6): 391-99.
2010Navarrete, C.D., McDonald, M., Molina, L., & Sidanius, J. (2010). Prejudice at the nexus of race and gender: An out-group male target hypothesis. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 98(6): 933-45.
2010Settles, I. H., Navarrete, C. D., Pagano, S., Abdou, C., & Sidanius, J. (2010). Racial identity and depression among African American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 248-255.
2010Navarrete, C. D., McDonald, M. M., Mott, M. L., Cesario, J., & Sapolsky, R. (2010). Fertility and race perception predict voter preference for Barack Obama. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 394-399.