Research Assistants

Yevgeniy (Eugene) Olkhov received his B.A. in psychology from Arcadia University in May 2014. He joined the PLEEP lab in January 2015 where he started working with Coren Apicella as a research assistant on a variety of projects, including the relationship between testosterone, competition, and economic risk. Eugene is interested in the evolutionary aspects of decision making, consumer behavior, cognitive biases, organizational behavior, and more.

 


Tory Tobolsky received an A.B. in anthropology from Princeton University and a master of philosophy in human evolutionary studies from the University of Cambridge, after which she took a detour examining primate cognition with the University of Oxford. She joined the PLEEP lab as a research assistant in late 2014 and is exploring her interests in the biological bases of behavior via: mate choice; asymmetry; and interactions between hormones, skeletal biology, and behavior. She ultimately intends to pursue a Ph.D. in human evolutionary biology.


 

Graduate Students

Kris Smith received his B.S. in psychology from Arizona State before joining the PLEEP lab in 2013 as a Ph.D. student. He is interested in the evolved psychological mechanisms underlying social judgments and behavior. His work with Robert Kurzban focuses on the cognitive processes in which people produce moral judgment. He also works with Coren Apicella on a number of projects, including the evolution of cooperation and the role of testosterone in economic-decision making.

 

Megan Williams received her BS in Evolutionary Anthropology and her BA in Psychology at Rutgers University prior to joining the PLEEP lab in 2015 as a PhD student.  She is interested in human behavioral endocrinology, olfaction, mate selection, mate guarding and aggression.  Her work with Dr. Apicella concentrates on male behavioral, perceptual and hormonal shifts in the presence of ovulatory secretions.   


Sample Undergraduate Projects

(from top left to bottom) Geoffrey Cloud, Sonya Latycheva, Hannah Morse, and Dylan Manfredi

(from top left to bottom) Geoffrey Cloud, Sonya Latycheva, Hannah Morse, and Dylan Manfredi

Research Assistants in Tanzania

(from left to right) Ibrahim Mabulla, Deus Haraja, Charles Ndeku

(from left to right) Ibrahim Mabulla, Deus Haraja, Charles Ndeku