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Dr Lora Adair
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (CCE)


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 and intersexual conflict and competition, reactions to relationship threats and defection, sexism and sex/gender based discrimination, sexual exploitation and intimate partner violence, reproductive decision-making, and abortion.

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. and Lozano, N. (2022) 'Adaptive choice: Psychological perspectives on abortion and reproductive freedom'. Women's Reproductive Health, 9 (1). pp. 1 - 26. ISSN: 2329-3691 Open Access Link

Journal article

Adair, L. and Lozano, N. (2021) 'Conceptualizing abortion as adaptive: Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?'. Women's Reproductive Health, 9 (1). pp. 51 - 56. ISSN: 2329-3691 Open Access Link

Journal article

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

Journal article

Adair, LE. (2018) 'Love and Attraction', in Jeter, W. and Bonds-Raacke, JM. (eds.) Thinking Critically About Social Psychology. Dubuque, Iowa, USA : Kendall/Hunt Publishing. , 2nd edition. pp. 183 - 205.

Book chapter

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

Journal article
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