The scientific process is imperfect. My goal is to make it better. To this end, I study the forces that shape how scientists do their work and make inferences from the populations that they study. Much of my research focuses on how incentive structures affect the efficiency and reliability of science. I also have long-standing interests in evolutionary approaches to human behavior and in formal modeling as a tool to improve theory in the social sciences.
My work is inherently interdisciplinary - I use a range of approaches (theoretical simulations, lab experiments, cross-cultural studies) and draw on research from diverse disciplines, including psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and economics. This means that I typically wake up and go out to work in the uncanny valley (Nettle, 2018).
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Daniel Lakens at the Eindhoven University of Technology. This 4-year position is funded by a VIDI grant from NWO, and is part of a larger project to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science. I earned my PhD at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.
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Sparks, A., Fessler, DMT., Tiokhin, L. , Ojigho, D., Holbrook, C. (submitted). Preliminary studies of elevation - a prosocial emotion - in West Sumatra and Ghana.
Scheel, A., Tiokhin, L. , Isager, P., Lakens, D. (submitted). An agenda for exploratory research. Perspectices on Pychological Science.
Tiokhin, L., Panchanathan, K., Lakens, D., Vazire, S., Morgan, TJH., Zollman, K. (preprint). Honest signaling in academic publishing.
Tiokhin, L., Yan, M., Morgan, TJH. (preprint). Competition for priority and the cultural evolution of research strategies.
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Landy, J. F., Jia, M., Ding I. L., Viganola, D. Tierney, W., ...Tiokhin, L. ... Uhlmann, E. L. (2020). Crowdsourcing hypothesis tests: Making transparent how design choices shape research results. Psychological Bulletin.
Tiokhin, L., Derex, M. (2019). Competition for novelty reduces information sampling in a research game - a registered report. Royal Society Open Science.
*Tiokhin, L., *Hackman, J., Munira, S., Jesmin, K., *Hruschka, D. (2019). Generalizability is not optional: Insights from a cross-cultural study of social discounting. Royal Society Open Science. *Equal contributions.
Hruschka, D., Munira, S., Jesmin, K., Hackman, J., Tiokhin, L. (2018). Learning from failures of protocol in cross-cultural research.* Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. *This paper results from an Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium.
Coles, N., Tiokhin, L., Scheel, A., Isager, P., Lakens, D. (2018). The Costs and Benefits of Replication Studies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences [commentary on Zwaan et al., 2017]
*Frankenhuis, W. E., *Tiokhin, L. (2018). Bridging evolutionary biology and developmental psychology: Toward an enduring theoretical infrastructure. Child Development. *Equal contributions. [commentary on Bjorklund, 2017]
Tiokhin, L., Hruschka, D. (2017). No evidence that an Ebola outbreak influenced voting preferences in the 2014 elections after controlling for time-series autocorrelation: a commentary on Beall, Hofer, and Schaller (2016). Psychological Science.
Tiokhin, L. (2016). Do symptoms of illness serve signaling functions? (Hint: Yes). The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2, 177-195
Fessler, D.M.T., Holbrook, C., Tiokhin, L., & Snyder J. (2014). Sizing up Helen: Nonviolent physical risk-taking enhances the envisioned bodily formidability of women. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology
Fessler, D.M.T., Tiokhin, L., Holbrook, C., Gervais, M., & Snyder J. (2014). Foundations of The Crazy Bastard Hypothesis: Nonviolent physical risk-taking enhances conceptualized formidability. Evolution & Human Behavior, 35, 26-33
Snyder, J., Fessler, D.M.T., Tiokhin, L., Frederick, D., Lee, S.W., & Navarrete, C.D. (2011). Trade-offs in a dangerous world: Women’s fear of crime predicts preferences for aggressive and formidable mates. Evolution & Human Behavior, 32, 127-137
2019. Fetzer Franklin Fund Metascience Research Grant
2018. Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science Travel Grant
2017. Radboud University Colloquium Grant
2017. Radboud University Teaching Grant
2017. ASU SHESC Research Grant 2
2017. ASU SHESC Research Grant 1
2016. NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2016. ASU SHESC Research Grant
2015. NSF/NESCent Funded Fellowship in Evolutionary Medicine
2015. Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship, Indonesia
2014 - 2018. ASU Graduate Research and Teaching Fellowship
2014. NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2011. NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2010 - 2011. UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Fellowship
2010 - 2011. UCLA Academic Advancement Program Rothman Family Scholarship
2008 - 2009. UCLA Academic Advancement Program Council Scholarship
2007 - 2010. UCLA Dean's Honors List