The scientific process is imperfect. My goal is to make it better. To this end, I study how different factors (e.g. competition, study-population diversity) affect the efficiency and reliability of science. I am especially interested in formal modeling as a tool to improve theory in the social sciences.
My work is inherently interdisciplinary: I use a range of approaches (e.g. theoretical simulations, lab experiments, cross-cultural studies) and draw on research from diverse disciplines, including psychology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology. This means that I typically wake up and go out to work in the uncanny valley (Nettle, 2018). If you are interested in my research, please feel free to contact me via email.
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, as part of a larger project to improve the reliability and efficiency of psychological science.
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Tiokhin, L., Derex, M. (in-principle acceptance). Registered Report: An experimental test of the effects of competition for priority on information sampling.
*Tiokhin, L., *Hackman, J., *Hruschka, D. (pre-print). Generalizability is not optional: Insights from a cross-cultural study of social discounting. *Equal contributions.
Landy, J. F., Jia, M., Ding I. L., Viganola, D. Tierney, W., ...Tiokhin, L. ... Uhlmann, E. L. (submitted). Crowdsourcing hypothesis tests: Making transparent how design choices shape research results.
Tiokhin, L., Yan, M., Morgan, TJH. (manuscript). Competition for priority and the natural selection of bad science.
You can find my full CV here.
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
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