Faculty

Martie Haselton

Professor

Contact Information

Email    haselton@ucla.edu
Office  2325 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-206-7445
I am an interdisciplinary evolutionary scientist who studies how evolution has shaped the social mind.

I am broadly interested in human intimate relationships and sexuality, their endocrine foundations, and their links to outcomes with broad social relevance, including health. To explore these topics, I do laboratory experiments, hormone assessments, genetic typing, surveys, and field studies – in short, whatever method best fits the research question.

My first major area of research concerns the role of reproductive hormones in romantic and sexual relationships – relationships that are undoubtedly among the most important in human life.

In women, fertility is fleeting, spanning just a few days each month. Because these are the only days during which sex could have led to conception, my colleagues and I have hypothesized that the mechanisms guiding women’s sexual decision making have evolved to take conception probability into account. Recent research in my lab has been intensely focused on testing this general idea. (For examples of this work, see Haselton & Gangestad, 2006Lieberman, Pillsworth, & Haselton, 2011; and Pillsworth & Haselton, 2006.)

In related work, we have collected photographs, vocal recordings, and body odor samples from women in order to examine whether there are cues of ovulation that others could detect and respond to. For example, a straightforward evolutionary prediction is that men should evolve to detect any available cues of ovulation in women and find these high-­‐fertility cues sexually attractive. We have found that, relative to low-­‐fertility days of the cycle, on high-­‐ fertility days of the cycle, women wear more attractive and revealing clothing (Durante, Li, and Haselton, 2008Haselton et al., 2007), their vocal pitch goes up (Bryant & Haselton, 2009), and their body odors are rated as more attractive by men (Gildersleeve et al., 2011). We summarize this work in a review paper entitled, Can Men Detect Ovulation? (Haselton & Gildersleeve, 2011). As we argue in the paper, this work is noteworthy because it challenges the long-­‐held assumption that human ovulation is concealed. These findings have far reaching implications for understanding fluctuations in couples’ attraction, conflict, and relationship dynamics.

Moving forward, I am now investigating the role of reproductive hormones in other arenas of life. With a postdoctoral student working in my lab, for example, I have been examining the effects of postpartum hormones on maternal mental health (Hahn­‐Holbrook, Dunkel Schetter, & Haselton, forthcoming; Hahn-­‐Holbrook, Hahn, & Haselton, 2011).

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Degrees

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Texas, Austin

M.A., Psychology, College of William & Mary

B.A., University of San Diego, Psychology

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2016 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2016 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2015 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2015 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2014 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2014 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2013 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2013 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2012 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2012 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2012 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2011 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2011 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2010 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2010 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2009 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2008 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2007 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2007 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2007 Winter Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2006 Fall Quarter

Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2006 Spring Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Evolutionary Psychology and Interpersonal Communication

2006 Winter Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

2005 Spring Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Variable Topics in Communication Studies: Heterogeneous Groups Communication

2005 Winter Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Variable Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2004 Spring Quarter

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2004 Winter Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

2003 Winter Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2002 Fall Quarter

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2002 Spring Quarter

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2001 Fall Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

2001 Spring Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2001 Winter Quarter

Methodologies in Communication Research

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST M72B
Sex from Biology to Gendered Society
COMM ST M72A
Sex from Biology to Gendered Society
COMM ST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 72B
Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 72A
Sex from Biology to Gendered Society

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 181
Evolutionary Psychology and Interpersonal Communication

2006 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 150
Methodologies in Communication Research

2006 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 191J
Variable Topics in Communication Studies: Heterogeneous Groups Communication

2005 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 191G
Variable Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2005 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 126
Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2004 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 197G
Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

COMM ST M126
Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2002 Fall Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter