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Leigh Smith 

University of California, Davis
Office: Young Hall 148A
Phone: 202-421-3336

About Leigh

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.


Smith, L.K. & Wissel, E.F. (in press). Microbes and the mind: How bacteria shape affect, neurological processes, cognition, social relationships, development, and pathology. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Ledgerwood, A., Eastwick, P. W., & Smith, L. K. (in press). Toward an integrative framework for studying human evaluation: Attitudes towards objects and attributes. Personality and Social Psychology Review. [Download Article]

Winking, J., Eastwick, P. W., Smith, L. K., & Koster, J. (in press). Applicability of the investment model scale in a natural fertility population. Personal Relationships. [Download Article]

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 relationships 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.