Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Currently I am a member of the Developmental Science and Social-Personality areas of the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University. My interest in adolescent peer relations puts me in Developmental, and my interest in marriage into Social. Most of my recent graduate studens have been in the Social area. My theoetical approach is evolutionary; I am interested in the adaptive value of human social behaviors, especailly pride and shame, and humor. In 1999 I wrote Evolutionary Principles of Human Adolescence (Basic Books). In 2014 I coedited Evolutionary Science of Human Behavior. I coedited a book on marriage across cultures in 2018, pubished by Lexington Books: The Psychology of Marriage. an evolutionary and cross-cultural view. Lexington also publiisedh my book on the emotions: Evolved Emotions: an interdisciplinary and functional analysis. I am collaborating with a Dutch colleague in research on adolescent peer relations in various cultures, and with colleagues here and abroad on marital satisfaction.
- PhD in Psychology, University of Chicago, 1978
- BS in Zoology, University of Wisconsin, 1965
T. Delecce & G. Weisfeld (2015). An evolutionary explanation for sex
differences in nonmarital breakup experiences. Adaptive Human
Behavior and Physiology. 1-18. DOI 10:1007/s40750-015-0039-z
G. Weisfeld & C. C. Weisfeld (2016). Is play an emotion? Some
ethological observations. Human Ethology Bulletin, 31, 4-29.
G. Weisfeld & C. C. Weisfeld (2016). Marriage. In T. K.
Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of
Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York: Springer.
G. Weisfeld & K. S. Shattuck (in press). Evolutionary
perspectives on adolescence. In R Levesque (Ed.),
Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.
G. E. Weisfeld & C. C. Weisfeld (2018). The mysteries of marriage:
Its function, evolution and development. In C. C. Weisfeld, G. E.
Weisfeld, & L. M. Dillon (Eds.), Psychology of marriage: An
evolutionary and cross-cultural view. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
G. E. Weisfeld (2018). Is similarity in partners important? Evidence
from Great Britain. In C. C. Weisfeld, G. E. Weisfeld, & L. M.
Dillon (Eds.), Psychology of marriage: An evolutionary and cross-
cultural view. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
G. E. Weisfeld (2018). Humor in marriage. In C. C.
Weisfeld, G. E. Weisfeld, & L. M. Dillon (Eds.), Psychology of
marriage: An evolutionary and cross-cultural view. Lanham, MD:
G. E. Weisfeld & S. M. M. Goetz (2018). Towards a model of marriage.
In C. C. Weisfeld, G. E. Weisfeld, & L. M. Dillon (Eds.),
Psychology of marriage: An evolutionary and cross-cultural view.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
E. H. de Bruyn & G. E. Weisfeld (2017). Consensual
popularity status, behavior and mating opportunities in
ontogenetic perspective. Human Ethology Bulletin, 32, 47-
S. M. M. Goetz, G. Weisfeld, & S. Zilioli (2019). Reproductive
behavior in the human male. In L. Welling & T. Shackelford
(Eds.), Oxford handbook in evolutionary psychology and behavioral
endocrinology. New York: Oxford University Press.
G. E. Weisfeld, S. M. M. Goetz, & S. Zilioli (in press). Evolutionary
perspective on adolescence. In S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), Wiley-
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. New
- PSY 3200 (3 cr.), PSY 2400 (4r cr.), and PSY 3460 (3 cr.)
I am currently teaching Developmental Psychology, Emotions, and Adolescent Psychology. I have taught Human Sexuality, Brain and Behavior, and other graduate and undergraduate courses. I hope to teach Evolutionary Psychology in the winter of 2021.