Alexander Baxter

Graduated 2023
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Email: alexander [dot] baxter94 [@] gmail [dot] com
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Research Interests: I am broadly interested in the evolutionary origins and bio-psycho-social correlates of attachments, especially in pair bond relationships and parent-offspring relationships.¬†One of my current projects investigates whether compatibility contributes to titi monkey pair bonding. To study this question, I created a “titi monkey speed-dating” test to assess compatibility between potential mates, and then assessed whether pairing monkeys based on compatibility lead to increased post-pairing affiliation. I have also done research on human romantic relationships (with Dr. Paul Eastwick), temperament and immune system epigenetics (with Dr. Erin Kinnally), the organizational effects of prenatal androgen exposure (with Dr. Dee Higley), infant sleep development (with Dr. Daniel Kay), and how improved social relationships (via marriage therapy) can have beneficial effects on physical health outcomes (with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad).