Areas of Expertise

Gender conflict, gendered bargaining power, sexualization, sexy selfies, violence, intimate partner violence, women's use of cosmetics, female empowerment, psychological effects of gender inequality, psychological effects of income inequality, raising women's status, sex roles, gender roles.

Research Snapshot

I am an expert in gendered conflict and combine nature and nurture approaches in my research. First, my research considers how behavior, attitudes, and culture associated with gender are influenced by the interplay between nature, nurture, and the state of the economy. Myself and my collaborators propose that gendered phenomena such as inimate partner violence, attitudes toward abortion, and male-male aggression arise partially out of market conditions that shift the bargaining power between men and women. Second, I investigate the causes and consequences of female competition and the conditions under which female sexualization elevates women's agency. Third, I develop methodological tools to advance the psychosocial study of female ovulation and ovarian hormones. Finally, I am interested in the social contexts eliciting aggression, especially male-to-female aggression and intimate partner violence.  

 

An example of my current research questions are:

  1. How does the social situation predict misogyny, especially on Twitter (men's right activism and related tweets)?
  2. What is the relationship between female competition (sexualized selfies) and income inequality versus gender inequality?
  3. What is the relationship between gender equality and attitudes towards male-to-female intimate partner coercion?
  4. How does gendered bargaining power affect violent crime in Australia?

 

Awards

2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition Australian Finalist

2018 British Council FameLab Science Communication Competition NSW Runner Up

2016 Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for Research Benefiting Women

2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Lagerspetz Award

2016 International Society for Research in Aggression Young Investigator Award

2016 Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Research

2014 Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference Award for Best Empirical Presentation

 

Publications

Journal articles
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Luberti FR; Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2020, 'The Effects of the Mating Market, Sex, Age, and Income on Sociopolitical Orientation: Insights from Evolutionary Theory and Sexual Economics Theory', Human Nature, vol. 31, pp. 88 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12110-019-09361-5
2020
Blake KR; Brooks R; Arthur LC; Denson TF, 2020, 'In the context of romantic attraction, beautification can increase assertiveness in women', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229162
2020
Arthur LC; Brooks RC; Blake KR, 2020, 'Female Self-Sexualization Covaries with Mate Value but Not Mate Availability', Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40750-020-00133-5
2020
Blake KR; Gangestad S, 2020, 'On Attenuated Interactions, Measurement Error, and Statistical Power: Guidelines for Social and Personality Psychologists', Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, pp. 146167220913363, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167220913363
2020
Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2019, 'Status anxiety mediates the positive relationship between income inequality and sexualization', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, pp. 25029 - 25033, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909806116
2019
Kellie DJ; Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2019, 'What drives female objectification? An investigation of appearance-based interpersonal perceptions and the objectification of women', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0221388
2019
Jones BC; DeBruine LM; Flake JK; Aczel B; Adamkovic M; Alaei R; Alper S; Andreychik M; Ansari D; Arnal JD; Babinčák P; Balas B; Baník G; Barzykowski K; Baskin E; Batres C; Blake K; Beaudry JL; Bloxsom N; Lewis S; Lucia M; Brandt MJ; Burin DI; Cai SJ; Calvillo DP; Carvalho L; Chandel P; Chatard A; Chen S-C; Chevallier C; Chopik WJ; Christopherson CD; Coetzee V; Coles NA; Colloff MF; Cook CL; Crawford MT; Danvers AF; Dixson B; Dranseika V; Dunham Y; Evans TR; Fernandez AM; Ferreira PRS; Flowe HD; Forscher PS; Gardiner G; Gilboa-Schechtman E; gilead M; Gill T; Gogan T; González-Santoyo I; Hahn AC; Hajdu N; Hatami J; Hehman E; Hu C-P; IJzerman H; Inzlicht M; Irrazabal N; Jaeger B; Jang C; Janssen SMJ; Jiang Z; Junger J; Kačmár P; Kaminski G; Kapucu A; Karaaslan A; Koehn MA; Kovic V; Kujur P; Kung C-C; Lamm C; Lee A-S; Legate N; Leongómez JD; Levitan C; Lin H; Lins S; Liu Q-L; Liuzza MT; Lutz J; Manley H; Marshall T; Mburu GW; McCarthy RJ; Michalak NM; Miller JK; Monajem A; Muñoz-reyes JA; Musser ED; Neyroud L; Nielsen TK; O'Mara Kunz EM; Okan C; Oldmeadow JA; Olsen J; Özdoğru AA; Pande B; Papadatou-Pastou M; Parganiha A; Parveen N; Pfuhl G; Philipp MC; Pinto IR; Polo P; Pradhan S; Protzko J; Qi Y; Ren D; Ropovik I; Rule N; Sampaio WM; Sánchez OR; Santos DR; Sarda E; Saribay SA; Saunders B; Schei V; Schild C; Schmid I; Schmidt K; Seehuus M; Sharifian M; Shiramizu VKM; Simchon A; Singh MM; Sirota M; Sloane G; Solas SÁ; Lima TJS; Stephen I; Stieger S; Storage D; Sverdrup TE; Szecsi P; Tamnes CK; Tan CBY; Tan K; Thirkettle M; Tiantian D; Turiegano E; Uittenhove K; Urry HL; Vadillo MA; Valderrama E; Valentova JV; Van der Linden N; vanpaemel W; Varella MAC; Vásquez-Amézquita M; Vaughn LA; Vergauwe E; Vianello M; Wei TK; Voracek M; White D; Willis M; Wilson JP; Włodarczyk A; Wu Q; Xie SY; Yan W-J; Yang X; Zakharov I; Zettler I; Zickfeld J; Chartier CR, 2019, 'To Which World Regions Does the Valence-Dominance Model of Social Perception Apply?', PsyArXiv, http://dx.doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/n26dy
2019
Denson TF; O’Dean SM; Blake KR; Beames JR, 2018, 'Aggression in women: Behavior, brain and hormones', Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00081
2018
Dixson BJW; Lee AJ; Blake KR; Jasienska G; Marcinkowska UM, 2018, 'Women's preferences for men's beards show no relation to their ovarian cycle phase and sex hormone levels', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 97, pp. 137 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.11.006
2018
Blake KR; Fourati M; Brooks RC, 2018, 'Who suppresses female sexuality? An examination of support for Islamic veiling in a secular Muslim democracy as a function of sex and offspring sex', Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 39, pp. 632 - 638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.06.006
2018
Dixson BJW; Blake KR; Denson TF; Gooda-Vossos A; O'Dean SM; Sulikowski D; Rantala MJ; Brooks RC, 2018, 'The role of mating context and fecundability in women's preferences for men's facial masculinity and beardedness', Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 93, pp. 90 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.007
2018
Blake KR; Bastian B; Denson TF, 2018, 'Heightened male aggression toward sexualized women following romantic rejection: The mediating role of sex goal activation', Aggressive Behavior, vol. 44, pp. 40 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ab.21722
2018
Blake KR; Bastian B; Denson TF; Grosjean P; Brooks RC, 2018, 'Income inequality not gender inequality positively covaries with female sexualization on social media', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, pp. 8722 - 8727, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1717959115
2018
Blake KR; Brooks RC, 2018, 'High Mate Value Men Become More Accepting of Intimate Partner Abuse When Primed With Gender Equality', Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2018.00028
2018
Blake KR, 2018, 'Resolving speculations of methodological inadequacies in the standardized protocol for characterizing women's fertility: Comment on Lobmaier and Bachofner (2018)', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 106, pp. A4 - A6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.05.022
2018
Kasumovic MM; Blake K; Denson TF, 2017, 'Using knowledge from human research to improve understanding of contest theory and contest dynamics', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2182
2017
Blake KR; Dixson BJW; O'Dean SM; Denson TF, 2017, 'No compelling positive association between ovarian hormones and wearing red clothing when using multinomial analyses', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 90, pp. 129 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.03.005
2017
Blake KR; Yih J; Zhao K; Sung B; Harmon-Jones C, 2017, 'Skin-transmitted pathogens and the heebie jeebies: evidence for a subclass of disgust stimuli that evoke a qualitatively unique emotional response', Cognition and Emotion, vol. 31, pp. 1153 - 1168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2016.1202199
2017
Blake KR; Bastian B; O'Dean SM; Denson TF, 2017, 'High estradiol and low progesterone are associated with high assertiveness in women', Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 75, pp. 91 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.10.008
2017
Blake KR; Hopkins RE; Sprunger JG; Eckhardt CI; Denson TF, 2017, 'Relationship quality and cognitive reappraisal moderate the effects of negative urgency on behavioral inclinations toward aggression and intimate partner violence', Psychology of Violence, vol. 8, pp. 218 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/vio0000121
2017
Blake KR; Dixson BJW; O'Dean SM; Denson TF, 2016, 'Standardized protocols for characterizing women's fertility: A data-driven approach', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 81, pp. 74 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.03.004
2016
Blake KR; Bastian B; Denson TF, 2016, 'Perceptions of low agency and high sexual openness mediate the relationship between sexualization and sexual aggression', Aggressive Behavior, vol. 42, pp. 483 - 497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ab.21644
2016
Kasumovic MM; Blake K; Dixson BJ; Denson TF, 2015, 'Why do people play violent video games? Demographic, status-related, and mating-related correlates in men and women', Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 86, pp. 204 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.06.018
2015
Brooks RC; Blake KR, 'Gendered Fitness Interests: A Method Partitioning the Effects of Family Composition on Socio-Political Attitudes and Behaviors', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/847814
Book Chapters
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Blake KR; Denson T, 2019, 'Contexts for men’s aggression against men.', in Shackelford TK; Weekes-Shackelford VA (ed.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, edn. 1, Springer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_862-1
2019