Evolution and human communication, direct and indirect aggression, gender, human mating psychology, health, interpersonal communication, intergroup communication.
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis.
A PhD candidate in the Department of Communication, Lauren is interested in the intersection of evolutionary theory and human communication, with a focus on indirect or social forms of aggression, including gossip. Lauren's dissertation examines conditions under which the perceived juiciness and maliciousness of gossip--along with one's memory for gossip and their likelihood of sharing it with others--might be heightened or reduced.
Lauren received a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (with an emphasis in language and cognition) at Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Communication from UCSB.