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Lane Beckes

Lane Beckes

I am currently a research associate in Jim Coan's Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. I received my Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where I worked with Ellen Berscheid, Jeff Simpson, and Chad Marsolek. My research is primarily focused on neural and affective processes in close relationships, including emotional learning in interpersonal contexts, the social regulation of emotion, and the neural correlates of emotional processes in relationships.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Beckes, L., & Simpson, J. A. (2009). Attachment reproduction and life history trade-offs: A broader view of human mating. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 23-24.
  • Beckes, L., Simpson, J. A., & Erickson, A. B. (2010). Of snakes and succor: Learning secure attachment associations with novel faces via negative stimulus pairings. Psychological Science, 21, 721-728.
  • Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2008). Reflections on the nature (and nurture) of cultures. Biology and Philosophy, 23, 257-258.

Other Publications:

  • Beckes, L., & Simpson, J. A. (in press). Evolutionary perspectives on caring and prosocial behavior. In O. Gillath (Ed.), New directions in research on close relationships: integrating across disciplines and theoretical approaches.
  • Beckes, L., & Coan, J. A. (invited manuscript in preparation). Brain functioning and relationship processes. In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of close relationships.
  • Simpson, J. A., & Beckes, L. (2009). Evolutionary perspectives on prosocial behavior. In M. Mikulincer & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Prosocial motives, emotions, and behavior: The better angels of our nature (pp. 35-53). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Simpson, J. A., Beckes, L., & Weisberg, Y. J. (2007). Evolutionary accounts of individual differences in adult attachment orientations. In J. V. Wood, A. Tesser, & J. G.Holmes (Eds.), The self and social relationships (pp. 183-206). New York: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sensation and Perception
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships

Lane Beckes
Department of Psychology
102 Gilmer Hall, P.O. Box 400400
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
United States

  • Mobile: (434) 262-9934

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