About the APE Lab
We study the behavioral manifestations of genetic conflict - or how the genes we inherit from our parents “fight” with each other and the impact that this conflict has on behavior and psychological processes. You can learn more about some of the nuances in genetic conflict here. Specifically, we are interested in how understanding how these “disagreements” at the genetic level influence the ways individuals grow, develop, behave, and, ultimately, influence their social relationships during their lives including maternal-fetal relationships, familial and affinal (in-law) relationships, and friendships and rivalries.
Dr. Jessica D. Ayers
Director and PI
Dr. Jessica D. Ayers is an Evolutionary Social Psychologist and the director of the APE Lab at Boise State University. As an undergraduate, Dr. Ayers realized that she was interested in one simple question: why do people act the way they do? Her interest in this question led Dr. Ayers to earn her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Anthropology and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University.
APE Lab members Spring 2023
Left to right: Conner Avila, Glenn Reese, Zoe Lister, Madelyn Cardwell, Caley Lynch, Abigail Elliott, Megan Hughes, Dr. Ayers
Not pictured: Elyse Englestadter
APE Lab members Fall 2022
Left to right: Dr. Ayers, Abigail Elliott, Madelyn Cardwell, Ranya Al-Mandawi, Megan Hughes
Not pictured: Megan Kirtner, Stela Nina
Recent Lab Publications
COVID-19 and friendships: Agreeableness and neuroticism are associated with more concern about COVID-19 and friends' risky behaviors
Recent SciComm Publications
Here are some of our recent science communication (SciComm) publications from the lab.
Pregnancy is a genetic battlefield – how conflicts of interest pit mom’s and dad’s genes against each other
SciComm piece published in The Conversation that discusses what genetic conflict is.
Friendship research is getting an update – and that’s key for dealing with the loneliness epidemic
SciComm piece published in The Conversation that discusses why more research on friendship is needed to address loneliness.
Join the APE Lab!
If you are interested in joining the APE Lab as a research assistant, please reach out to Dr. Ayers directly with any questions. You can also read more about the APE Lab culture and values in the APE Lab manual.
If you are ready to apply, please download the application below and send it to Dr. Ayers directly.
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