Lab Opportunities

Graduate Study
Graduate students join the Evolutionary Psychology Lab through Harvard's Graduate Program in Psychology.  You can find more information about applying to Harvard on the Department of Psychology Website. Graduate students in the lab participate in our ongoing research and are encouraged to develop their own projects. If you are interested in joining the EPL as a graduate student and have specific questions, please contact Prof. Max Krasnow,

Senior Honors Theses
The application deadline for submitting a request to complete a Senior Honors Thesis is January 15th of a student's junior year at Harvard. Preference is given to students who are current Research Assistants, and who have demonstrated interest in Evolutionary Psychology in their coursework. Please contact Prof. Max Krasnow,, to express interest in conducting a senior thesis in the EPL. Past EPL thesis students have been members of the Human Evolutionary Biology Department and the Department of Psychology. 

Research Assistants
The lab is currently looking for enthusiastic, responsible and motivated undergraduates to help with ongoing projects for Spring and Summer 2019. RAs may receive credit through our lab course (Psychology 2357r), Psychology 910r or they may volunteer. In particular, we're seeking undergraduate research assistants with interests in music, evolution, and cognitive science. Undergraduates in the lab work on a variety of projects including running in-lab studies, video coding, and may even become more involved with study design as they become more integrated in the lab. RAs are expected to work for 10 hours per week, although the timing is flexible.  Please email a completed application to the EPL Lab Manager, Connie Bainbridge, along with your CV and a brief note of interest.  

- Evolutionary Psychology (PSY-1305) is offered to Harvard College students.  (As Psych-E 1356, the course is offered online through the Harvard Extension School). The goal of this course is for students to master the foundational logic and theory of evolutionary psychology. Students are exposed to and consider topics covering the range of human experience, including cooperation, mating, friendship, aggression, warfare, collective action, kinship, parenting, social learning, dietary choice, spatial cognition, reasoning, emotions, morality, personality and individual differences, predator avoidance, hazard management, and culture. It will be offered in Fall 2019. 

- Individual differences and human minds: Perspectives from evolutionary psychology (Course number TBD) is offered to Harvard College and GSAS students.  What is personality?  Why are there sex differences in how we think and behave?  Where does this variance come from and what does it have to do with pathology?  In this course we will explore how individual difference can evolve as a result of natural selection, and consider how these models inform our understanding of the many ways people differ.  This course is a discussion-based seminar where students will play an active role in discussion and present weekly readings.  This is an upper division / graduate level seminar on advanced topics surrounding the evolution of individual differences (personality, pathology, sex differences, etc.).  This course will be offered Spring 2020.