Department of Psychology
Eugene Mathes , Ph.D.
Dr. Mathes studied at Central College, Pella, IA, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in personality and social psychology. His dissertation was titled, “The Effects of Physical Attractiveness on Behavior: A Test of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory.”
Dr. Mathes primarily teaches the personality courses, Personality and Adjustment (PSY 251) and Personality (PSY 451), though he has taught Motivation and Emotion (PSY 346), History and Systems (PSY 430), Abnormal (PSY 424), and Advanced Social (PSY 452). He is the faculty advisor for Hotline and as such teaches the Hotline Seminar (PSY 490).
Dr. Mathes’ research interests tend to be eclectic: physical attractiveness, romantic love, romantic jealousy, sexual coercion, alcohol abuse, etc. As an organizing framework, he uses evolutionary psychology. Two evolutionary theories he finds particularly attractive are sexual strategies theory and life history theory.
Recent Scholarly Activities:
Dunkel, C. S., & Mathes, E. (2011). The effect of individual differences and manipulated life expectancies on willingness to engage in sexual coercion. Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 588-599.
Dunkel, C. S., Mathes, E., & Papini, D. R. (2010). The effect of life expectancy on aggression and generativity: A life history perspective. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 492-505.
Mathes, E. W. (under consideration). Why are victims of sexual coercion also perpetrators of sexual coercion and vice versa? An exploratory study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Mathes E. W., & McCoy, J. (2011). Perpetration of sexual coercion and victim of sexual coercion scales: Development and validation. Psychological Reports, 108, 449-469.