Older Research Projects

The following projects are not current, as they have either been abandoned or are on hiatus.


The Adaptive Value of Self-Deception

In 2012 I completed my Honours year project. I, and my supervisor Prof. Bill von Hippel, investigated the adaptive value of Self-Deception. In 2013 we continue to pursue our findings with two additional experiments. This research is driven by the 2011 publication, The Evolution and Psychology of Self-Deception (von Hippel and Trivers, 2011).

Status: Data collection, experiment 2 of 3.


The following is a video of a (failed) experiment in the pursuit of this topic. Data are available from the Open Science section of my website. An explanation is available from my Blag.



The Sacredness and Value of Love

In late 2011, Liesel Zink and I began a non-academic collaboration and dialogue between the science of Psychology and the art of Dance. We began approaching the topic of ‘Love’ independently. I, as a researcher, and Liesel, as an artist. In my research it became apparent that there was a certain hole in the literature on Love.

In early 2012 I proposed an experiment to my colleague and friend Dr. Shelli Dubbs regarding the material value and sacredness of Love.  Over time we involved Dr. Fiona Barlow who continued to inform the project. We are currently developing a second study following up on weakness and points of interest from the first survey.

Key figures:  Dr. Shelli Dubbs, and Dr. Fi Barlow

Status: Study 1 and 2 complete. Study 3 in development.