Ann E Caldwell Hooper


My research interests are focused in the intersection of evolutionary and health psychology, primarily in the domain of exercise. I am interested in applying life history theory to exercise behavior as a cost-benefit energy allocation decision throughout the life course, particularly through development, in order to understand physical activity participation and performance in our current environment compared to more traditional ecologies and lifestyles. More generally I am interested in the benefits of physical activity on the mind, as well as the ways in which genetic and hormonal differences influence behavior and cognition.


Research Interests


Evolutionary Psychology, University of New Mexico

  1. Bryan, A.D., Magnan, R.E., Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Harlaar, N., Hutchison, K.E. (In press). Physical activity and differential methylation of breast cancer genes assayed from saliva: A preliminary investigation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine

  2. Tybur, J.M., Bryan, A.D., Caldwell Hooper, A.E. (In press). An evolutionary perspective on health psychology: New approaches and applications. Evolutionary Psychology

  3. Gangestad, S.W., Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Eaton, M. (In press). On the function of placental corticotropin-releasing hormone: A role in maternal-fetal conflicts over blood glucose concentrations. Biological Reviews pdf

  4. Tybur, J. M., Bryan. A. D., Lieberman, D., Caldwell Hooper, A.E, & Merriman, L. (2011). Sex differences and sex similarities in disgust sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(3):343-348 pdf

  5. Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Gangestad, S.W., Emery Thompson, M., Bryan A.D. (2011) Testosterone and romance: The association of testosterone with relationship commitment and satisfaction in heterosexual men and women.  American Journal of Human Biology, 23(4):553-555 pdf

  6. Kwan, B.M., Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Magnan, R.E., Bryan, A.D. (2011). A longitudinal diary study of the effects of causality orientations on exercise-related affect. Self and Identity 10:363-374 pdf

  7. Tybur, J.M., Bryan, A.D., Magnan, R.E., Caldwell Hooper, A.E. (2011). Smells like safe sex: Olfactory pathogen primes increase intentions to use condoms. Psychological Science, 22:478-480 pdf

  8. Caldwell Hooper, A.E., Bryan A.D., Eaton, M. (2011). Menstrual cycle effects on perceived exertion and pain during exercise among sedentary women. Journal of Women's Health, 20(2):439-446 pdf

  9. Tybur, J.M., Merriman, L.A., Caldwell Hooper, A.E., McDonald, M.M., Navarrete, C.C. (2010). Extending the behavioral immune system to political psychology: Are political conservatism and disgust sensitivity really related? Evolutionary Psychology, 8:599-616 pdf