My research primarily focuses on topics within the domains of social and evolutionary psychology, particularly models of decision making about interpersonal relationship events. Specifically, my work applies feminist and evolutionary theory to investigate decisions relevant to sexuality as social reasoning. Investigated topics within my research include mate choice and attraction, intrasexual competition, reactions to relationship threats and defection, stigma by association in intimate relationships, sexual exploitation, and reproductive decision making.
I joined the Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London in the Fall of 2019. Before joining Brunel University London, I served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Arkansas (Fall 2017-Spring 2019) and Lyon College (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017).
- PhD Psychology (Kansas State University) in 2015
- MSc Psychology (Kansas State University) in 2013
- BSc Psychology (Florida State University) in 2010
Newest selected publications
Adair, L., Hinton, T. and Andersen, B. (2020) 'He looks “easy” and she’s not into it: Sexual exploitation cues and attraction.'. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 14 (1). pp. 19 - 31. ISSN: 2330-2925 Open Access Link
Adair, L. (2018) 'Love and Attraction', in Jeter, W. (ed.) Thinking Critically About Social Psychology. Kendall/Hunt Publishing. , 2nd edition. pp. 183 - 205.
Dillon, H., Adair, L. and Brase, G. (2017) 'Operational sex ratio and female competition: Scarcity breeds intensity', in Fisher, M. (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition. Oxford University Press. pp. 265 - 280.
Adair, L., Dillon, H. and Brase, G. (2017) 'I'll have who she's having: Mate copying, mate poaching, and mate retention', in Fisher, M. (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition. Oxford University Press. pp. 319 - 336.
Akao, KA., Adair, L. and Brase, GL. (2017) 'Parental attachment style, but not environmental quality, is associated with use of opposite-sex parents as a template for relationship partners'. Personality and Individual Differences, 115. pp. 103 - 107. ISSN: 0191-8869