Jaimie Arona Krems and Michael Varnum

Jaimie Arona Krems is a Social Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University, where she co-founded the Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis (OCEAN). Her primary research focuses on friendship, cooperation, + competition, particularly among women. Krems’ other works leverages her interdisciplinary training in evolutionary social science (University of Pennsylvania, University of Oxford) to explore classic topics in social psychology (e.g., stigma, trust, well-being) from novel theoretical perspectives.

Michael Varnum is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. 

In one line of research, he uses frameworks and tools from behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, and econometrics to understand the causes of patterns of cultural change and to forecast future patterns of change (including changes in individualism, gender equality, contempt, and lyrical complexity). He also uses ecology as a way to understand patterns of cultural variation. In addition, he uses EEG and ERP to explore cultural variations in a range of psychological processes including empathy, emotion regulation, and mirror responses to others’ motor movements. Varnum heads the Culture and Ecology Laboratory at ASU.

Professor Varnum received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan in 2011. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Peking University, China, from 2011-2013. He joined ASU in 2013.