Jim Roney received a B.A. in Russian Studies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Psychology/Human Development from the University of Chicago. His graduate study was funded by a Jacob Javits Fellowship and his thesis research on human mating psychology earned the 2001 New Investigator Award from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society and the 2003 William E. Henry Prize for best dissertation in his department. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2002, Jim was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Mind and Biology until he joined the UCSB faculty in July 2004.
My research is broadly focused on mapping the evolved design of the psychological adaptations that regulate human social interactions. One strategy for this endeavor involves the use of discoveries about nonhuman brain mechanisms as a source of hypotheses for the design features of human adaptations. For instance, many nonhuman vertebrate males express neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate hormonal and behavioral responses to cues from potential mates. My research has provided evidence that men show a suite of psychological, behavioral, and hormonal responses to potential mates that is consistent with the possibility that similar neuroendocrine mechanisms may in part regulate human courtship. Other research projects are investigating hormonal correlates of mate attractiveness and the effects of ovarian hormone concentrations on women’s mate preferences
- Roney, J. R., Simmons, Z. L., & Lukaszewski, A. W. (2010). Androgen receptor gene sequence and basal cortisol concentrations predict men’s hormonal responses to potential mates. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277, 57-63.
- Lukaszewski, A. W., & Roney, J. R. (2010). Kind toward whom? Mate preferences for personality traits are target specific. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 29-38.
- Roney, J. R. (2009). The role of sex hormones in the initiation of human mating relationships. In P. T. Ellison & P. B. Gray (Eds.), The endocrinology of social relationships (pp. 246-269). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
- Simmons, Z. L., & Roney, J. R. (2009). Androgens and energy allocation: Quasi-experimental evidence for effects of influenza vaccination on men’s testosterone. American Journal of Human Biology, 21, 133-135.
- Roney, J. R., & Simmons, Z. L. (2008). Women’s estradiol predicts preference for facial cues of men’s testosterone. Hormones and Behavior, 53, 14-19.
- Roney, J. R., Lukaszewski, A. W., & Simmons, Z. L. (2007). Rapid endocrine responses of young men to social interactions with young women. Hormones and Behavior, 52, 326-333.
- Roney, J. R., Hanson, K. N., Durante, K. M., & Maestripieri, D. (2006). Reading men’s faces: women’s mate attractiveness judgments track men’s testosterone and interest in infants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 273, 2169-2175.
- Roney, J. R., Mahler, S. V., & Maestripieri, D. (2003). Behavioral and hormonal responses of men to brief interactions with women. Evolution and Human Behavior, 24, 365-375.
- Roney, J. R. (2003). Effects of visual exposure to the opposite sex: Cognitive aspects of mate attraction in human males. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 393-404.