Doctor Peter Jonason

Doctor Peter Jonason

Senior Lecturer in Personality or Individual Differences,
Psychology: Behavioural Science (SSAP)

Biography

I originally intended to be a lawyer, but then I took a class with Ross Buck. It was then I realized I wanted to pursue a career in research. After I completed my B.A. in Political Science and Communication Sciences and my M.A. in Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut, I got my Ph.D. in Psychology at New Mexico State University. After graduation, I taught Personality Psychology, Social Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, and Introductory Psychology at the University of West Florida and the University of South Alabama. Now I am at the University of Western Sydney as their resident expert in Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology.By training I am a social-personality psychologist who uses evolutionary theory to derive predictions and account for observable phenomena in personality, individual differences, mating strategies, and sexuality. At heart, I am an inter-disciplinarian; I draw upon Psychology, Economics, Biology, Primatology, Anthropology, and Ethology to understand human nature. Concurrently, I collaborate far and wide; one colleague describes me as "promiscuous" in my collaborations (my CV). Feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaboration (Email).

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Qualifications

  • PhD New Mexico State University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology: Behavioural Science (SSAP)

Contact

Email: P.Jonason@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6447
Mobile:
Location: 24.G.34
Bankstown
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Jonason, P. (2015), 'An evolutionary perspective on interpersonal violence : sex differences and personality links', The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology, Routledge 9780415722131.

Journal Articles

  • Jonason, P., Zeigler-Hill, V. and Okan, C. (2017), 'Good v. evil : predicting sinning with dark personality traits and moral foundations', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 104 , pp 180 - 185.
  • Jonason, P. and Jackson, C. (2016), 'The Dark Triad traits through the lens of Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 90 , pp 273 - 277.
  • Jonason, P. and Ferrell, J. (2016), 'Looking under the hood : the psychogenic motivational foundations of the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 94 , pp 324 - 331.
  • Jonason, P., Icho, A. and Ireland, K. (2016), 'Resources, harshness, and unpredictability : the socioeconomic conditions associated with the Dark Triad traits', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Czarna, A., Jonason, P., Dufner, M. and Kossowska, M. (2016), 'The Dirty Dozen scale : validation of a Polish version and extension of the Nomological Net', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 7 .
  • Jonason, P. and Schmitt, D. (2016), '[In Press] Quantifying common criticisms of evolutionary psychology', Evolutionary Psychological Science, .
  • Massar, K., Winters, C., Lenz, S. and Jonason, P. (2016), '[In Press] Green-eyed snakes : the associations between psychopathy, jealousy, and jealousy induction', Personality and Individual Differences, .
  • Webster, G., Gesselman, A., Crysel, L., Brunell, A., Jonason, P., Hadden, B. and Smith, C. (2016), 'An actor-partner interdependence model of the Dark Triad and aggression in couples : relationship duration moderates the link between psychopathy and argumentativeness', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 101 , pp 196 - 207.
  • Strosser, G., Jonason, P., Lawson, R., Reid, A. and Vittum-Jones, A. (2016), 'When private reporting is more positive than public reporting : pluralistic ignorance towards atheists', Social Psychology, vol 47, no 3 , pp 150 - 162.
  • Jonason, P., Wee, S. and Li, N. (2015), 'Competition, autonomy, and prestige : mechanisms through which the Dark Triad predict job satisfaction', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 72 , pp 112 - 116.
  • Jonason, P. (2015), 'How "dark" personality traits and perceptions come together to predict racism in Australia', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 72 , pp 47 - 51.
  • Schmitt, D. and Jonason, P. (2015), 'Attachment and sexual permissiveness : exploring differential associations across sexes, cultures, and facets of short-term mating', Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, vol 46, no 1 , pp 119 - 133.
  • Jonason, P., Hatfield, E. and Boler, V. (2015), 'Who engages in serious and casual sex relationships? : an individual differences perspective', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 75 , pp 205 - 209.
  • Kajonius, P., Persson, B. and Jonason, P. (2015), 'Hedonism, achievement, and power : universal values that characterize the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 77 , pp 173 - 178.
  • Jonason, P., Lyons, M. and Blanchard, A. (2015), 'Birds of a "bad" feather flock together : the Dark Triad and mate choice', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 78 , pp 34 - 38.
  • Jonason, P., Baughman, H., Carter, G. and Parker, P. (2015), 'Dorian Gray without his portrait : psychological, social, and physical health costs associated with the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 78 , pp 5 - 13.
  • Jonason, P., Duineveld, J. and Middleton, J. (2015), 'Pathology, pseudopathology, and the Dark Triad of personality', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 78 , pp 43 - 47.
  • Jonason, P., Foster, J., McCain, J. and Campbell, W. (2015), 'Where birds flock to get together : the who, what, where, and why of mate searching', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 80 , pp 76 - 84.
  • Jonason, P., Richardson, E. and Potter, L. (2015), 'Self-reported creative ability and the Dark Triad traits : an exploratory study', Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, vol 9, no 4 , pp 488 - 494.
  • McCain, J., Jonason, P., Foster, J. and Campbell, W. (2015), 'The bifactor structure and the "dark nomological network" of the State Self-Esteem Scale', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 72 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Jonason, P. (2015), 'The deceleration and increased cohesion of the Dark Triad traits over the life course', Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, vol 8, no 43 .
  • Lyons, M. and Jonason, P. (2015), 'Dark Triad, tramps, and thieves : psychopathy predicts a diverse range of theft-related attitudes and behaviors', Journal of Individual Differences, vol 36, no 4 , pp 215 - 220.
  • Jonason, P. and Kroll, C. (2015), 'A multidimensional view of the relationship between empathy and the Dark Triad', Journal of Individual Differences, vol 36, no 3 , pp 150 - 156.
  • Tamura, A., Oshio, A., Tanaka, K., Masui, K. and Jonason, P. (2015), 'Development, reliability, and validity of the Japanese version of Dark Triad Dirty Dozen (DTDD-J)', Japanese Journal of Personality, vol 24, no 1 , pp 26 - 37.
  • Jonason, P., Strosser, G., Kroll, C., Duineveld, J. and Baruffi, S. (2015), 'Valuing myself over others : the Dark Triad traits and moral and social values', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 81 , pp 102 - 106.
  • Jonason, P., Betteridge, G. and Kneebone, I. (2015), 'An examination of the nature of erotic talk', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol 45, no 1 , pp 21 - 31.
  • Webster, G., DeWall, C., Pond, R., Deckman, T., Jonason, P., Le, B., Nichols, A., Schember, T., Crysel, L., Crosier, B., Smith, C., Paddock, E., Nezlek, J., Kirkpatrick, L., Bryan, A. and Bator, R. (2015), 'The Brief Aggression Questionnaire : structure, validity, reliability, and generalizability', Journal of Personality Assessment, vol 97, no 6 , pp 638 - 649.
  • Webster, G., DeWall, C., Pond, R., Deckman, T., Jonason, P., Le, B., Nichols, A., Schember, T., Crysel, L., Crosier, B., Smith, C., Paddock, E., Nezlek, J., Kirkpatrick, L., Bryan, A. and Bator, R. (2014), 'The brief aggression questionnaire : psychometric and behavioral evidence for an efficient measure of trait aggression', Aggressive Behavior, vol 40, no 2 , pp 120 - 139.
  • Jonason, P., Wee, S. and Li, N. (2014), 'Thinking bigger and better about "bad apples" : evolutionary industrial-organizational psychology and the Dark Triad', Industrial and Organizational Psychology, vol 7, no 1 , pp 117 - 121.
  • Adams, H., Luevano, V. and Jonason, P. (2014), 'Risky business : willingness to be caught in an extra-pair relationship, relationship experience, and the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 66 , pp 204 - 207.
  • Jonason, P., Wee, S., Li, N. and Jackson, C. (2014), 'Occupational niches and the Dark Triad traits', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 69 , pp 119 - 123.
  • James, S., Kavanagh, P., Jonason, P., Chonody, J. and Scrutton, H. (2014), 'The Dark Triad, schadenfreude, and sensational interests : dark personalities, dark emotions, and dark behaviors', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 68 , pp 211 - 216.
  • Baughman, H., Jonason, P., Veselka, L. and Vernon, P. (2014), 'Four shades of sexual fantasies linked to the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 67 , pp 47 - 51.
  • Smith, C., Hadden, B., Webster, G., Jonason, P., Gesselman, A. and Crysel, L. (2014), 'Mutually attracted or repulsed? : actor-partner interdependence models of Dark Triad traits and relationship outcomes', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 67 , pp 35 - 41.
  • Jonason, P., Lyons, M. and Bethell, E. (2014), 'The making of Darth Vader : parent-child care and the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 67 , pp 30 - 34.
  • Foster, J., Jonason, P., Shrira, I., Keith, C., Shiverdecker, L. and Varner, S. (2014), 'What do you get when you make somebody else's partner your own? An analysis of relationships formed via mate poaching', Journal of Research in Personality, vol 52 , pp 78 - 90.
  • Jonason, P. (2014), 'Personality and politics', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 71 , pp 181 - 184.
  • Jonason, P. and Schmitt, D. (2014), 'The virtues of evolutionary psychology for studying human vices', Psychological Inquiry, vol 25, no 3-4 , pp 341 - 345.
  • Wee, S., Jonason, P. and Li, N. (2014), 'Cultural differences in prioritizing applicant attributes when assessing employment suitability', European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, vol 23, no 6 , pp 946 - 956.
  • Baughman, H., Jonason, P., Lyons, M. and Vernon, P. (2014), 'Liar liar pants on fire : cheater strategies linked to the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 71 , pp 35 - 38.
  • Jonason, P. and Dane, L. (2014), 'How beliefs get in the way of the acceptance of evolutionary psychology', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 5, no Oct .
  • Jonason, P., Lyons, M., Baughman, H. and Vernon, P. (2014), 'What a tangled web we weave : the Dark Triad traits and deception', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 70 , pp 117 - 119.
  • Webster, G. and Jonason, P. (2013), 'Putting the "IRT" in "Dirty" : item response theory analyses of the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen - an efficient measure of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 54, no 2 , pp 302 - 306.
  • Aitken, S., Lyons, M. and Jonason, P. (2013), 'Dads or cads? : women's strategic decisions in the mating game', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 55, no 2 , pp 118 - 122.
  • Jonason, P., Jones, A. and Lyons, M. (2013), 'Creatures of the night : chronotypes and the Dark Triad traits', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 55, no 5 , pp 538 - 541.
  • Jonason, P., Kaufman, S., Webster, G. and Geher, G. (2013), 'What lies beneath the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen : varied relations with the Big Five', Individual Differences Research, vol 11, no 2 , pp 81 - 90.
  • Jonason, P. and Luevano, V. (2013), 'Walking the thin line between efficiency and accuracy : validity and structural properties of the Dirty Dozen', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 55, no 1 , pp 76 - 81.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Czarna, A. (2013), 'Quick and dirty : some psychosocial costs associated with the Dark Triad in three countries', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 11, no 1 , pp 172 - 185.
  • Jonason, P. and Krause, L. (2013), 'The emotional deficits associated with the Dark Triad traits : cognitive empathy, affective empathy, and alexithymia', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 55, no 5 , pp 532 - 537.
  • Jonason, P., Lyons, M., Bethell, E. and Ross, R. (2013), 'Different routes to limited empathy in the sexes : examining the links between the Dark Triad and empathy', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 54, no 5 , pp 572 - 576.
  • Jonason, P. and Li, N. (2013), 'Playing hard-to-get : manipulating one's perceived availability as a mate', European Journal of Personality, vol 27, no 5 , pp 458 - 469.
  • Jonason, P. (2013), 'Four functions for four relationships : consensus definitions of university students', Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol 42, no 8 , pp 1407 - 1414.
  • Jonason, P., Webster, G. and Gesselman, A. (2013), 'The structure and content of long-term and short-term mate preferences', Interpersona, vol 7, no 2 , pp 167 - 179.
  • Jonason, P. and Perilloux, C. (2012), 'Domain-specificity and individual differences in worry', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 52, no 2 , pp 228 - 231.
  • Jonason, P. and McCain, J. (2012), 'Using the HEXACO model to test the validity of the Dirty Dozen measure of the Dark Triad', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 53, no 7 , pp 935 - 938.
  • Schmitt, D., Jonason, P., Byerley, G., Flores, S., Illbeck, B., O'Leary, K. and Qudrat, A. (2012), 'A reexamination of sex differences in sexuality : new studies reveal old truths', Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol 21, no 2 , pp 135 - 139.
  • Jonason, P., Luevano, V. and Adams, H. (2012), 'How the Dark Triad traits predict relationship choices', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 53, no 3 , pp 180 - 184.
  • Jonason, P., Slomski, S. and Partyka, J. (2012), 'The Dark Triad at work : how toxic employees get their way', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 52, no 3 , pp 449 - 453.
  • Jonason, P. and Webster, G. (2012), 'A protean approach to social influence : Dark Triad personalities and social influence tactics', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 52, no 4 , pp 521 - 526.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Madson, L. (2012), 'It is not all about the Benjamins : understanding preferences for mates with resources', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 52, no 3 , pp 306 - 310.
  • Jonason, P., Raulston, T. and Rotolo, A. (2012), 'More than just a pretty face and a hot body : multiple cues in mate-choice', Journal of Social Psychology, vol 152, no 2 , pp 174 - 184.
  • Jonason, P., Tost, J. and Koenig, B. (2012), 'Sex differences and personality correlates of spontaneously generated reasons to give gifts', Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, vol 6, no 2 , pp 181 - 192.
  • Jonason, P. and Buss, D. (2012), 'Avoiding entangling commitments : tactics for implementing a short-term mating strategy', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 52, no 5 , pp 606 - 610.
  • Jonason, P., Webster, G., Schmitt, D., Li, N. and Crysel, L. (2012), 'The antihero in popular culture : life history theory and the Dark Triad personality traits', Review of General Psychology, vol 16, no 2 , pp 192 - 199.
  • Jonason, P. and Schmitt, D. (2012), 'What have you done for me lately? Friendship-selection in the shadow of the Dark Triad traits', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 10, no 3 , pp 400 - 421.
  • Jonason, P., Cetrulo, J. and Ortiz, J. (2011), 'Avoiding the wash : extraversion confers fitness benefits', Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, vol 5, no 2 , pp 146 - 154.
  • Jonason, P., Kavanagh, P., Webster, G. and Fitzgerald, D. (2011), 'Comparing the measured and latent Dark Triad : are three better than one?', Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences, vol 2, no 1 , pp 28 - 44.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Richardson, J. (2011), 'Positioning the booty-call on the spectrum of relationships: Sexual but more emotional than one-night stands', Journal of Sex Research, vol 48, no 5 , pp 486 - 495.
  • Jonason, P., Teicher, E. and Schmitt, D. (2011), 'The TIPI's validity confirmed : associations with mating strategies and self-esteem', Individual Differences Research, vol 9 , pp 52 - 60.
  • Jonason, P., Valentine, K., Li, N. and Harbeson, C. (2011), 'Mate-selection and the Dark Triad: Facilitating a short-term mating strategy and creating a volatile environment', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 51, no 6 , pp 759 - 763.
  • Jonason, P., Bryan, A. and Herrera, J. (2010), 'Trimming the fat reveals a one-factor structure for Hong's psychological reactance scale', Individual Differences Research, vol 8 , pp 220 - 228.
  • Jonason, P. and Kavanagh, P. (2010), 'The dark side of love : the dark triad and love styles', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 49 , pp 606 - 610.
  • Jonason, P., Koenig, B. and Tost, J. (2010), 'Living a fast life : the dark triad and life history theory', Human Nature, vol 21, no 4 , pp 428 - 442.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Buss, D. (2010), 'The costs and benefits of the dark triad : implications for mate poaching and mate retention tactics', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 48, no 4 , pp 373 - 378.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Teicher, E. (2010), 'Who is James Bond? : the Dark Triad as an agentic social style', Individual Differences Research, vol 8, no 2 , pp 111 - 120.
  • Jonason, P. and Tost, J. (2010), 'I just cannot control myself : the dark triad and self-control', Personality and Individual Differences, vol 49, no 6 , pp 611 - 615.
  • Jonason, P. and Webster, G. (2010), 'The dirty dozen : a concise measure of the dark triad', Psychological Assessment, vol 22, no 2 , pp 420 - 432.
  • Jonason, P. (2009), 'The value of physical attractiveness in romantic partners : modeling biological and social variables', Journal of Social Psychology, vol 149, no 2 , pp 229 - 240.
  • Jonason, P., Cetrulo, J., Madrid, J. and Morrison, C. (2009), 'Gift-giving as a courtship or mate-retention tactic? : insights from non-human models', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 7 , pp 89 - 103.
  • Jonason, P. and Fisher, T. (2009), 'The power of prestige : why young men report having more sex partners than young women', Sex Roles, vol 60 , pp 151 - 159.
  • Jonason, P., Krcmar, M. and Sohn, S. (2009), 'Male body image: the role of muscle magazine exposure, body mass index, and social comparison in men's body satisfaction', Social Behavior and Personality, vol 37 , pp 627 - 630.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N. and Cason, M. (2009), 'The 'booty call ': a compromise between men and women's ideal mating strategies', Journal of Sex Research, vol 46, no 5 , pp 460 - 470.
  • Jonason, P., Li, N., Webster, G. and Schmitt, D. (2009), 'The Dark Triad : facilitating a short-term mating strategy in men', European Journal of Personality, vol 23, no 1 , pp 5 - 18.
  • Jonason, P. and Marks, M. (2009), 'Common vs. uncommon sexual acts : evidence for the sexual double standard', Sex Roles, vol 60 , pp 357 - 365.
  • Li, N., Griskevicius, V., Durante, K., Jonason, P., Pasisz, D. and Aumer, K. (2009), 'An evolutionary perspective on humor : sexual selection or interest indication?', Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol 35, no 7 , pp 923 - 936.
  • Webster, G., Jonason, P. and Schember, T. (2009), 'Hot topics and popular papers in evolutionary psychology : analyses of title words and citation counts in evolution and human behavior', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 7, no 3 , pp 348 - 362.
  • Jonason, P., Webster, G. and Lindsey, E. (2008), 'Solutions to the problem of diminished social interaction', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 6, no 4 , pp 637 - 651.
  • Jonason, P. (2007), 'An evolutionary perspective on sex differences in exercise behaviors and motivations', The Journal of Social Psychology, vol 147, no 1 , pp 5 - 14.
  • Jonason, P. (2007), 'A mediation hypothesis to account for the sex difference in reported number of sexual partners: An intrasexual competition approach', International Journal of Sexual Health, vol 19, no 4 , pp 41 - 49.
  • Jonason, P. (2007), 'Further tests of validity for the one-dimensional scale of Hong's Psychological Reactance Scale', Psychological Reports, vol 101 , pp 871 - 874.
  • Jonason, P., Izzo, P. and Webster, G. (2007), 'Helping others to find long-term and short-term mates: Tests of inclusive fitness, reciprocal altruism, and parental investment theories', Evolutionary Psychology, vol 5 , pp 716 - 732.
  • Jonason, P. and Knowles, H. (2006), 'A unidimensional measure of Hong's Psychological Reactance Scale', Psychological Reports, vol 98, no 2 , pp 569 - 579.

Research

Today most of my research focuses on the Dark Triad traits. Much of this work has been done with Gregory Webster with whom we designed a concise measure of the Dark Triad. I have used Life History Theory and the Selection-Evocation-Paradigm to understand these traits and today I am examining how Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory might tell us more about the underlying systems related to these traits. Although I am probably best known for my work on the Dark Triad, my career started with an interest in understanding mating strategies. That is, how do individuals actually solve the adaptive task of finding mates. To that end I have published some work examining the role of humor in romantic and sexual encounters with my mentor Norman Li, on the role of resources as a mate-selection criteria with Norm Li and my mentor Laura Madson, how individuals maintain a short-term mating style with David Buss, and more generally on evolutionary approaches to sex differences in mating and sexuality with David Schmitt.Interested in participating my research or being a student? Contact me (Email).

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Previous Projects

Title: The polilitcs of being bad: How the Dark Triad predict political attitudes, behaviours, and elections
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00021120
Western Researchers: Peter Jonason and Joseph Ciarrochi
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney

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