• Telefoon:+31 20 59 82528
  • Kamernr:1b-17
  • E-mail:t.v.pollet@vu.nl
  • Onderdeel:faculteit der psychologie en pedagogiek (afd. soc&orgpsy)
  • Functie:Assistant professor

Publications Pollet

Professional interests

 I have a very diverse range of interests. Here are just some keywords:  Evolutionary Psychology; Life history theory; Ethology; Kin selection theory; Mate choice; Paternity uncertainty; Individual Differences (Height, Birth Order,…); Prejudice and intergroup relations; Family ties; Childlessness; Demography; (mental) Health.

Recent Publications


Pollet, T.V., van der Meij, L., Cobey, K.D. & Buunk, A.P. (2011), Testosterone levels and their associations with lifetime number of opposite sex partners and remarriage in a large sample of American elderly men and women. Hormones and Behavior, 60, 72-77.


Pollet, T.V., Roberts, S.G.B. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2011), Use of social network sites and instant messaging does not lead to increased offline social network size, or to emotionally closer relationships with offline network members. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 14, 253-258.

Jokela, M., Alvergne, A., Pollet, T.V. & Lummaa, V. (2011), Reproductive Behavior and Personality Traits of the Five Factor Model. European Journal of Personality. 25, 487-500.



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I currently teach:

- Interpersonal Processes (Research Masters)

(see: http://sites.google.com/site/thomasvpollet/interpersonalprocesses ).


I contribute to a variety of other courses.

CV - Short Bio.

Dr. Thomas Pollet obtained his Ph.D. at Newcastle University (UK). He has since worked as Assistant professor at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in the department of Evolutionary Social Psychology where he taught several courses on evolution and human behavior. He  is currently employed as Assistant Professor at the VU University Amsterdam (Social and Organizational Psychology) where he carries out teaching and research using an evolutionary framework. 

He has published on a wide variety of topics such as sexual selection for male wealth, sibling relationships, grandparenting, childlessness, parental investment and the evolution of social networks. He is currently investigating the role of height for interpersonal aggression in males.

In 2010, he received a Veni Grant.


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