Researchers


The researchers involved are dedicated to the psychology field, actively tackling current issues. Many separate fields of psychology -- clinical, social, developmental, nueroscience, perception, and cognitive aspects -- are brought together to help find better solutions or ask better questions of the unknown.



Eric Russell



Eric Russell is a Visiting Researcher in the Buss Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated Summa cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a Psychology major and Nutrition minor in addition to earning an honors degree with a thesis. 

Eric became fascinated with the field of Evolutionary Psychology under Dr. Sarah Hill, and his initial research projects involved exploring different types of friendship, mate choice copying, and cheater detection. Along with exchanging ideas for friendship research, Eric is currently assisting David with research projects that require creating realistic stimuli in Photoshop, creating surveys, analyzing data, and reviewing literature.

Eric’s future goal is to obtain a Ph.D in Evolutionary Psychology and explore cooking/food preferences, different types of friendship, and physical attractiveness from an evolutionary perspective.

Publications (Click to Download)

Russell, E. M., DelPriore, D. J., Butterfield, M. E., & Hill, S. E. (2013). Friends with benefits, but without the sex: Straight women and gay men exchange trustworthy mating advice. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 132-147.



Jonathon Flores


Jonathon Flores is concluding his Bachelors of Science in Psychology, with a minor under Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. Honors include the Duke University Talent Award in Mathematics for scoring above the 99 percentile in the nation. Under the mentorship of David, Jonathon is involved in an internship program with the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium.

He is assisting David with data analysis and project creation for a new study involving people’s abilities to detect violations in social-relations. 

Currently, Jonathon is the Project Coordinator for “The Risky Business Study” which deals with genetics, hormones and their influence in dangerous adolescent behavior. He is also employed by UT as an IT Specialist for IT Services.

Previously, he was the Department Head of Video/Editing at The University of St. Thomas. He was also a television host on “The Inside Feed” program and provided field work for a number of TV stations. 



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