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Dr. Paul W. Eastwick

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis

Office: Young Hall 102F
Email: eastwick@ucdavis.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Paul Eastwick’s research investigates how people initiate romantic relationships and the psychological mechanisms that help romantic partners to remain committed and attached. One of his research programs examines how the qualities that people say are critically important to them in a romantic partner—their ideal partner preferences—direct romantic partner selection and retention. He is also interested in exploring how close relationships research can inform evolutionary psychological approaches (and vice versa), especially with respect to the way that relationships grow and develop over time (see a brief description of the ReCAST model here). Additionally, his work draws from anthropological data on the time course of human evolution to make novel psychological predictions. 

Video: Speed-dating and the social relations model

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Journal Publications

2016 and in press

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., & Reis, H. T. (in press). Replicability and other features of a high-quality science: Toward a balanced and empirical approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J., Simpson, J. A., Eastwick, P. W. (in press). The psychology of close relationships: Fourteen core principles. Annual Review of Psychology. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W. (2016). The emerging integration of close relationships research and evolutionary psychology. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25, 183-190. [Download Article]

Durante, K. W., Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., Gangestad, S. W., Simpson, J. A. (2016). Pair-bonded relationships and romantic alternatives: Toward an integration of evolutionary and relationship science perspectives. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (pp.1-74). Burlington: Academic Press. [Download Article]

Laurin, K., Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E. J., Carswell, K. L., vanDellen, M. R., Hofmann, W., Lambert, N. M., Eastwick, P. W., Fincham, F. D., & Brown, P. C. (2016). Power and the pursuit of a partner’s goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 840-868. [Download Article]

Park, L. E., Young, A. F., Eastwick, P. W. Troisi, J. D., & Streamer, L. (2016). Desirable but not smart: Preference for smarter romantic partners impairs women’s STEM outcomes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46, 158-179.  [Download Article]

Vacharkulksemsuk, V., Reit, E., Khambatta, P., Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., & Carney, D. R. (2016). Dominant, open nonverbal displays are attractive at zero-acquaintance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 4009-4014. [Download Article]

2015

Eastwick, P. W., & Durante, K. W. (2015). Adaptive workarounds. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1, 92-96. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. W. (2015). Attachment and pair-bonding. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 3, 7-11. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., & Reis, H. T. (2015). Best research practices in psychology: Illustrating epistemological and pragmatic considerations with the case of relationship science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 275-297. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J., Norton, M. I., Reis, H. T., Ariely, D., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., Frost, J. H., & Maniaci, M. R. (2015). When does familiarity promote versus undermine interpersonal attraction? An integrative model from erstwhile adversaries. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 3-19. [Download Article]

Hunt, L. L., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2015). Leveling the playing field: Acquaintance length predicts reduced assortative mating on attractiveness. Psychological Science, 26, 1046-1053.  [Download Article] [NYTimes]

Kelley, N. J., Eastwick, P. W., Harmon-Jones, E., & Schmeichel, B. J. (2015). Induced relative left frontal cortical activity increases jealousy. Emotion, 15, 550-555. [Download Article]

Park, L. E., Young, A. F., & Eastwick, P. W. (2015). (Psychological) distance makes the heart grow fonder: Effects of psychological distance and relative intelligence on men’s attraction to women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1549-1473.  [Download Article]

2014

Eastwick, P. W. & Buck, A. A. (2014). Too much matching: A Social Relations Model enhancement of the pairing game. Teaching of Psychology, 41, 246-250. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W. & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Relational mate value: Consensus and uniqueness in romantic evaluations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 728-751. [Download Article] [NYTimes Op-Ed]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J, & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The predictive validity of ideal partner preferences: A review and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 623-665. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J, & Hunt, L. L. (2014). The many voices of Darwin's descendants: Reply to Schmitt (2014). Psychological Bulletin, 140, 673-681. [Download Article] [Commentary]

Eastwick, P. W., Neff, L. A., Finkel, E. J., Luchies, L. B., & Hunt, L. L. (2014). Is a meta-analysis a foundation or just another brick? Comment on Meltzer, McNulty, Jackson, & Karney (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 429-434. [Download Article] [Original Article]

2013

Eastwick, P. W. (2013). The psychology of the pair-bond: Past and future contributions of close relationships research to evolutionary psychology. Psychological Inquiry, 24, 183-191. [Download Commentary] [Target article]

Eastwick, P. W., Hunt, L. L., & Neff, L. A. (2013). External validity, why art thou externally valid? Recent studies of attraction provide three theoretical answers. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 275-288. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Wilkey, B. M., Finkel, E. J., Lambert, N. M., Fitzsimons, G., Brown, P. C., & Fincham, F. D. (2013). Act with authority: Romantic desire at the nexus of power possessed and power perceived. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 267-271.  [Download Article]

Luchies, L. B., Wieselquist, J., Rusbult, C. E., Kumashiro, M., Eastwick, P. W., Coolsen, M. K. & Finkel, E. J., (2013). Trust and biased memory of transgressions in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 673-694. [Download Article]

Tidwell, N. D., & Eastwick, P. W. (2013). Sex differences in succumbing to sexual temptations: A function of impulse or control? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1620-1633. [Download Article]

Tidwell, N. D., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2013). Perceived, not actual, similarity predicts initial attraction in a live romantic context: Evidence from the speed-dating paradigm. PersonalRelationships, 20, 199-215. [Download Article]

2012

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2012). The evolutionary armistice: Attachment bonds moderate the function of ovulatory cycle adaptations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 174-184. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., & Neff, L. A. (2012). Do ideal partnerpreferences predict divorce? A tale of two metrics. Social Psychological andPersonality Science, 3, 667-674. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., Karney, B. R., Reis, H. T., & Sprecher, S. (2012). Online dating: A critical analysis from the perspective of psychological science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13, 3-66. [Download Article]

2011

Eastwick, P. W., Eagly, A. H., Finkel, E. J., & Johnson, S. E. (2011). Implicit and explicit preferences for physical attractiveness in a romantic partner: A double dissociation in predictive validity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 993-1011. [Download Article] [Chicago Tribune]

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., & Eagly, A. H. (2011). When and why do ideal partner preferences affect the process of initiating and maintaining romantic relationships? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1012-1032. [Download Article]

Ireland, M. E., Slatcher, R. B., Eastwick, P. W., Scissors, L. E., Finkel, E. J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2011). Language style matching predicts relationship initiation and stability. Psychological Science, 22, 39-44. [Download Article] [Reuters]

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). Familiarity does indeed promote attraction in live interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 557-570. [Download Article]

Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., Caprariello, P. A., Eastwick, P. W., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). In live interaction, does familiarity promote attraction or contempt? A reply to Norton, Frost, & Ariely, (2011). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 575-578. [Download Article] [Commentary]

2010

Eastwick, P. W., Saigal, S. D., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Smooth operating: A structural analysis of social behavior perspective on initial romantic encounters. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 344-352. [Download Article]

2009

Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Beyond the Pleistocene: Using phylogeny and constraint to inform the evolutionary psychology of human mating. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 794-821. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., Richeson, J. A., Son, D., & Finkel, E. J. (2009). Is love colorblind? Political orientation and interracial romantic desire. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1258-1268. [Download Article]

Eagly, A. H., Eastwick, P. W., & Johannesen-Schmidt, M. C. (2009). Possible selves in marital roles: The impact of the anticipated division of labor on the mate preferences of women and men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 403-414. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W. & Gardner, W. L. (2009). Is it a game? Evidence for social influence in the virtual world. Social Influence, 4, 18-32. [Download Article]

Finkel, E. J. & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Arbitrary social norms influence sex differences in romantic selectivity. Psychological Science, 20, 1290-1295. [Download Article]

 2008

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2008). The attachment system in fledgling relationships: An activating role for attachment anxiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 628-647. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2008). Sex differences in mate preferences revisited: Do people know what they initially desire in a romantic partner? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 245-264. [Download Article] [Newsweek]

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., Krishnamurti, T., & Loewenstein, G. (2008). Mispredicting distress following romantic breakup: Revealing the time course of the affective forecasting error. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 800-807. [Download Article] [Washington Post]

Finkel, E. J. & Eastwick, P. W. (2008). Speed-dating. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 193-197. [Download Article] [Nature] [Chicago Tribune]

2007

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., Mochon, D., & Ariely, D. (2007). Selective versus unselective romantic desire: Not all reciprocity is created equal. Psychological Science, 18, 317-319. [Download Article] [New York Times]

Finkel, E. J., Eastwick, P. W., & Matthews, J. (2007). Speed-dating as an invaluable tool for studying romantic attraction: A methodological primer. Personal Relationships, 14, 149-166. [Download Article]

2006

Eastwick, P. W., Eagly, A. H., Glick, P., Johannesen-Schmidt, M. C., Fiske, S. T., Blum, A. M. B., Eckes, T., Freiburger, P., Huang, L., Fernández, M. L., Manganelli, A. M., Pek, J. C. X., Castro, Y. R., Sakalli-Ugurlu, N., Six-Materna, I., & Volpato, C. (2006). Is traditional gender ideology associated with sex-typed mate preferences? A test in nine nations. Sex Roles, 54, 603-614. [Download Article]

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

Finkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. E. (2015). Interpersonal attraction: Toward a theoretical integration of the literature. In J. A. Simpson & J. F. Dovidio (Eds.), Handbook of personality and social psychology: Interpersonal relations and group processes, (pp. 179-210). Washington: American Psychological Association. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W. (2013). Cultural influences on attraction. In Jeffry A. Simpson & Lorne Campbell (Eds.), Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 161-182). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [Download Article]

Eastwick, P. W., & Tidwell, N. D. (2013). To pair bond or not: The evolutionary psychological approach to human mating. In C. Hazan & M. Campa (Eds.), Human Bonding. (pp. 132-160). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Hunt, L. L., & Eastwick, P. W. (2013). The uniquely valuable mate. In L. Bormans (Ed.), The World Book of Love (262-265). Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.

Tidwell, N. D., & Eastwick, P. W. (2013). Mate selection. In K. D. Keith (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology (855-858). New York: Wiley.

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2009). Infatuation. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp. 843-846). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2009). Reciprocity of Liking. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp. 1333-1336). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finkel, E. J. & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Hard-to-get phenomenon. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp. 788-790). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finkel, E. J. & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Speed-dating. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp. 1587-1589). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finkel, E. J., Molden, D. C., Johnson, S. E., & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Regulatory focus and romantic alternatives. In J. P. Forgas, R. F. Baumeister, and D. M. Tice (Eds.), Self-regulation: Cognitive, affective, and motivational processes (pp. 319-335). New York: Psychology Press.

Eastwick, P. W. & Finkel, E. J. (2008). Speed-dating: A powerful and flexible paradigm for studying romantic relationship initiation. In S. Sprecher, A. Wenzel, & J. Harvey (Eds.), The Handbook of Relationship Initiation (pp. 217-234). New York, NY: Erlbaum. [Download Article]