Steven Platek

Dr. Steven M. Platek

Professor of Psychology

School of Liberal Arts
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Dr. Steven Platek teaches courses in the cognitive neurosciences and evolutionary/comparative psychology. His research investigates the behavioral and neural correlates of mate selection, parent-offspring conflict, face perception, impression formation and yawning. He's published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and several books and regularly involves undergraduates in his research.


  • Doctorate – evolutionary neuroscience – University at Albany-SUNY

Academic Interests

  • Evolutionary psychology/biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Animal behavior
  • Mate selection and attraction


  • Associate editor of Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Human Nature, Evolutionary Psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice president – Applied Evolutionary Psychology Society
  • Human Behavior and Evolutionary Society
  • Society for Neuroscience