Joshua M. Ackerman

Faculty Associate, RCGD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Joshua M. Ackerman

BIO

Joshua Ackerman's research revolves around interpersonal cognition, and how and why people's relationships influence how we think, prefer, choose, and act. In his work, he has found that human satisfaction with these choices is often driven by a fundamental set of evolved predispositions interacting with subtle features of our current environments. Dr. Ackerman's research projects include investigating threat identification, romantic relationships, self-control and risky decisions, and nonconscious effects of touch sensations. His current focus is on understanding how exposure to infectious disease cues and bodily factors, such as immune system functioning, interact to influence various forms of social behavior, as well as the impact of life history factors on these same types of outcomes.