Thomas Pollet

Assistant professor

Research interests

I have a very diverse range of interests. 

Most recently I have been working on methodological issues in the field of Evolutionary Psychology. I am also studying the role of height for interpersonal behaviour. However, I am a truly interdisciplinary scholar and together with my co-authors I have published on topics as diverse as:

* family relationships / kinship / marriage

* personality

* social network size

* body size (height)

* human mate preferences and choice

* body image

* social media use

* sex ratios

* laterality

* birth order

* fertility/childlessness

Recent Publications

I have published over 60 peer reviewed papers. Here are some recent papers.

Pollet, T.V., Tybur, J.M., Frankenhuis, W.E. & Rickard I.J. (2014), What can cross-cultural correlations teach us about human nature?. Human Nature, 25, 419-429.

Stulp, G., Mills, M., Pollet, T.V. & Barrett, L. (2014), Non-linear associations between stature and mate choice characteristics for American men and their spouses. American Journal of Human Biology, 26, 530-537.

Pollet, T.V.,  Stulp, G. & Groothuis, A.G.G. (2013), Born to win? Testing the fighting hypothesis in realistic fights: left-handedness in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  Animal Behaviour,   86 , 839-843.

Pollet, T.V. , Roberts, S.G.B. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2013), Going that extra mile: Individuals travel further to maintain face-to-face contact with highly related kin than with less related kin.  PLoS ONE, 8,  e53929.

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I currently teach:

* Evolutionary Processes in Social Behavior (Research Masters)

* Methodology III (year 3, together with dr. F. Righetti)

* Group dynamics (year 3)

I contribute(d) to a variety of other courses both at the VU and at other institutions

CV - Short Bio.

Dr. Thomas Pollet obtained his Ph.D. at Newcastle University (UK). He has since worked as Assistant professor at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in the department of Evolutionary Social Psychology where he taught several courses on evolution and human behavior. He  is currently employed as Assistant Professor at the VU University Amsterdam (Social and Organizational Psychology) where he carries out teaching and research using an evolutionary framework. 

He has published on a wide variety of topics such as sexual selection for male wealth, sibling relationships, grandparenting, childlessness, parental investment and the evolution of social networks. He is currently investigating the role of height for interpersonal aggression in males.

In 2010, he received a Veni Grant.


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