Our research focuses on close relationships and their underlying mechanisms. In the past few years we’ve investigated the psychological aspect of behavioral systems, especially the attachment, care giving, and sexual mating systems.
We're expanding this work by using neuroimaging techniques, social-cognitive approaches, and genetic markers to examine a diverse range of correlates and underpinnings of socially significant behavioral systems. In our work we explore the associations between a person’s attachment style (relationship style) and goals and behaviors in the caregiving and sexual domains (e.g., ability to provide and receive compassionate care; interest in short- vs. long-term mating strategies).
We're also exploring the effects of increasing people’s sense of attachment security on their tendency to engage in pro-social behavior, their altruistic and sexual attitudes, and their goals, as well as their attentional strategies.
URS and SUPER 2016
Dustin and Parnia at the URS
Juwon and Austen at the URS (won a poster award)
Alexis and Betsy at SUPER (won best independent study project)
Gita and Kim at SUPER
Juwon (Graduate Student) and her poster
Parnia (left; Graduate Student) and her poster
Philip Depew at S.U.P.E.R. 2015
Andy Miller at S.U.P.E.R. 2015 (won best honors project)
Rebecca Griffith at the Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015 (won a poster award)
Austen McGuire at the Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015
References for Other Recent Presentations
Brockert, D., Haj-Mohamadi, P. & Gillath, O. (April, 2016). Attachment Style, Sexual Strategies, and Love Songs. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Lawrence, KS.
Griffith, R., Zhao, X., Martinez, R., & Gillath, O. (2017, August). Staying friends with an ex-romantic partner: predictors, reasons, and outcomes. Poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Haj-Mohamadi, P., Gillath, O., & Goodman, D.L. (January, 2017). Who Pretends Orgasms and Why They Do It. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. San Antonio, TX.
Haj-Mohamadi, P., Gillath, O., Atchley, R., Lepping, R.J., Quattlebaum, P., & Martin, L.E. (November, 2016). Effects of Attachment Security Priming on Performance in Trust Games: An fMRI Investigation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists. Asheville, NC.
Haj-Mohamadi, P. & Gillath, O. (July, 2016). Exploring individual and dyadic mechanisms for buffering stress in interracial relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research. Toronto, ON.
Haj-Mohamadi, P. & Gillath, O. (May, 2016). Examining factors influencing stress and relationship quality in interracial relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.
Lee, J., Gillath, O., Kimbrough, A., & Guadagno, R. (2017, January). Development and validation of Helping in Gaming Scale. Poster presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, USA.