I am currently working under the mentorship of Bruce Ellis and AJ Figueredo to study the impact of parental effort on child social and behavioral outcomes from an evolutionary developmental and cross-cultural perspective — with studies currently being conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, I’m interested in exploring the consequences of parenting on children’s life history strategies and in examining how culture and local ecology could influence both.
Further, because parenting and child outcomes are often confounded by genetic effects, I’d like to disentangle the unique contributions of genetic and environmental forces on each.
I am also interested in the affective effects of happy meals.
King, A. C., & Cabeza De Baca, T. (2011). The stagnancy of family studies in modern academia: Resistances toward the integration of evolutionary theory. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 4, 64-74.
Cabeza De Baca, T., & Jordan (King). A. C. (2012). To know is not to love: Cognitive and affective barriers toward the adoption of evolutionary theory. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 681-686.
Cabeza De Baca, T., Figueredo, A. J., & Ellis, B. J. (2012). An evolutionary analysis of variation in parental effort: Determinants and assessment. Parenting: Science and Practice, 12, 94-104.
Cabeza De Baca, T., Sotomayor-Peterson, M., & Smith-Castro, V., & Figueredo, A. J. (Submitted). Contributions of matrilineal and patrilineal kin alloparental effort to the development of life history strategies and patriarchal values: A cross-cultural life history approach. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology
Figueredo, A. J., Cabeza De Baca, T., & Woodley, M. A. (2013). The measurement of human life history strategy. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 251-255.
Figueredo, A. J., Garcia, R., Cabeza De Baca, T., Gable, J. C., & Weise, D. (Submitted). Mediation in the evolutionary and social psychological sciences. Evolutionary Psychology.
Sotomayor-Peterson, M., Cabeza De Baca, T., Figueredo, A.J., & Smith-Castro, V. (2013). Coparenting, total parental effort, and life history strategy: A cross-cultural comparison. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 44, 620-639