Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

Dr. Baker
Personal links and information.

Michael D. Baker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: Rawl 322
Phone: 252-328-6059
Fax: 252-328-6283
Twitter: @Psychology Baker

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


PhD, Social Psychology, Florida State University (2010)
MS, Social Psychology, Florida State University (2007)
BS, Psychology, Sam Houston State University (2002)

Research Interests:

Dr. Baker's research seeks to explore how fundamental social motives such as the desire to find a mate, maintain relationships, and avoid harm influence decision making, the basic cognitive processes of memory and attention, and health related behaviors. Previous research has examined the roles of social context and mating motivation in risk-taking behavior. A current line of inquiry aims to discover the impact that exposure to mating cues has on cognitive functioning. Future work will expand upon these investigations and explore different motivations for engaging in health and fitness promotion.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Baker, M.D., & Maner, J.K. (2009). Male risk-taking as a context sensitive signaling device. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1136-1139.

Baker, M.D., & Maner, J.K. (2008). Risk-taking as a situationally sensitive male mating strategy. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29, 391-395.

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