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Research Interests

My research employs multivariate analyses and agent-based modeling to explore links between mate preferences and actual mating outcomes. I am interested in how mate preferences affect such things as how we select our mating strategy, evaluate potential mates, compete with mating rivals, select mates, and evaluate and regulate our mateships.


Lewis, D. M. G., Al-Shawaf, L., Conroy-Beam, D., Asao, K., & Buss, D. M. (2017). Evolutionary psychology: A how-to guide. American Psychologist, 72(4), 353–373.

Conroy-Beam, D., & Buss, D. M. (2017). Euclidean distances discriminatively predict short-term and long-term attraction to potential mates. Evolution and Human Behavior, 0(0).

Buss, D.M., Goetz, C., Duntley, J.D., Asao, K., & Conroy-Beam, D. (2017). The mate switching hypothesis. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 143-149.

Conroy-Beam, D., & Buss, D. M. (2016). Mate Preferences. In V. Weekes-Shackelford, T. K. Shackelford, & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–11). Springer International Publishing.

Conroy-Beam, D., & Buss, D. M. (2016). Do mate preferences influence actual mating decisions? Evidence from computer simulations and three studies of mated couples. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 111(1), 53-66. doi:10.1037/pspi0000054

Conroy-Beam, D. & Buss, D.M. (2016). How Are Mate Preferences Linked with Actual Mate Selection? Tests of Mate Preference Integration Algorithms Using Computer Simulations and Actual Mating Couples. PLoS ONE, 11(6): e0156078.

Conroy-Beam, D., Goetz, C.D., & Buss, D.M. (in press). What predicts romantic relationship satisfaction and mate retention intensity: mate preference fulfillment or mate value discrepancies? Evolution and Human Behavior.

Souza, A. L., Conroy-Beam, D., & Buss, D.M. (2016). Mate preferences in Brazil: Evolved desires and cultural evolution over three decades. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 45-49.

Conroy-Beam, D., Buss, D. M., Pham, M. N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). How Sexually Dimorphic Are Human Mate Preferences? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Conroy-Beam, D., Goetz, C. D., & Buss, D. M. (2015). Why Do Humans Form Long-Term Mateships? An Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Model. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 1-39.

Al-Shawaf, L., Conroy-Beam, D., Asao, K., & Buss, D. M. (2015). Human emotions: An evolutionary psychological perspective. Emotion Review, 1754073914565518.

Conroy-Beam, D., & Buss, D. M. (2014). A deeper integration of Selfish Goal Theory and modern evolutionary psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(02), 140-141.

Lewis, D. M., Al-Shawaf, L., Conroy-Beam, D., Asao, K., & Buss, D. M. (2012). Friends with benefits II: Mating activation in opposite-sex friendships as a function of sociosexual orientation and relationship status. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5), 622-628. 

Lewis, D. M., Conroy-Beam, D., Al-Shawaf, L., Raja, A., DeKay, T., & Buss, D. M. (2010). Friends with benefits: the evolved psychology of same-and opposite-sex friendship. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(4), 543-563.