Andrew George Thomas, PhD.

Mating Behaviour and Romantic Relationships

Why do some people play the field whereas others settle down? Why are some people jealous and possessive in their relationship while others take a more relaxed approach? Evolutionary theory would predict that individuals vary on these attributes in a way that would have maximised fitness during our ancestral past.

Our current research looks at how well people adjust their mating behaviours to changes in their environment. For example, if a married male recieves the opportunity to increase his fitness through cheating, does he? and what circumstances or experiences lead to this?

These are the types of questions our research aims to answer, with real implications for areas of public concern including: teen pregnancy, STDs/HIV and divorce.