Coren Apicella

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

What She Studies

Both hunter-gatherers and Westerners to explore the cultural and evolutionary origins of human behavior.

in the news

Dating & Attraction

In this episode, we speak to researchers in the field of personal attraction to see if their findings can provide real-life tips for people on a romantic date.
— PsychCrunch, Research Digest


Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic?

People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, whereas capitalistic societies put it on steroids.
— All Things Considered, NPR


University of Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology
Solomon Laboratories
3720 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6241

Phone: 215-898-9718