Leigh graduated from San Francisco State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Physics & Applied Mathematics and a B.A. in Psychology. She earned her M.A. in Human Development and Family Science in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. in Social Psychology from UC Davis in 2018.
Broadly, she is interested in how people rely on internal versus external cues to make decisions. Internal cues may be physical sensations or affective experiences whereas external cues may be interaction partners or the social environment. She is particularly interested in how internal versus external cues influence our preferences, our relationships, and our well-being.
Eastwick, P. W., & Smith, L. K. (2018). Sex-differentiated effects of physical attractiveness on romantic desire: A highly powered, preregistered study in a photograph evaluation context. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology. [Download Article] [Data]
Bales, K.L., Arias del Razo, R., Conklin, Q.A., Hartman, S., Mayer, H.S., Rogers, F.D., Simmons, T.C., Smith L.K., Williams, A, Williams, D.R., Witczak, L.R. & Wright, E.C. (2017). Titi monkeys as a novel non-human primate model for the neurobiology of pair bonding. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
Boothby, E. J., Smith, L.K., Clark, M. S., & Bargh, J. A. (2017). The world looks better together: How close others enhance our visual experiences. Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1111/pere.12201
Boothby, E J., Smith, L.K., Clark, M.S., & Bargh, J.A. (2016). Psychological distance moderates the amplification of shared experience. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(10), 1431-1444.
Smith, L.K.*, Wardecker, B.*, Edelstein, R., Loving, T.J. (2015). Intimate relationship then and now: How old hormonal processes are influenced by our modern psychology. Adaptive Human Behavior & Physiology. 1-24 DOI: 10.1007/s40750-015-0021-9 *Denotes co-first authorship.