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Zsófia Csajbók

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

Zsófia Csajbók graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary as a Behavioural Analyst (Bachelor’s degree) and a Clinical and Health Psychologist (Master’s degree). She is currently attending the Theoretical and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. programme at Charles University in Prague. Her dissertation topic is the comparison of the Additive and Threshold models of mating. She is interested in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on mate choice, strategies and preferences as well as extracting the essential positive and negative factors influencing…

Jitka Fialová

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

Her research interests lie mainly in human olfaction and body odour perception, especially on environmental factors affecting body odour quality. She studied the effect of diet quality and quantity on body odour, currently  focusing on possible communication of emotions via body odour and its influence on other individuals. Other work includes relationship between effectiveness of immune system and attractiveness (both visual and olfactory), the role of olfaction in mother-infant relationship and factors affecting the onset of lactation or competition. She received…

Kateřina Fiurašková

PhD student at the Faculty of Science

Kateřina Fiurašková is a PhD student at the Department of Zoology (specialization in Ecology and ethology) at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, where she has also received Master’s degree in Zoology and Bachelor’s degree in Ecological and evolutionary biology. In her dissertation theses she investigates the effect of MHC similarity between partners on fertility. She also deals with the effect of hormonal contraception on partner preferences and the effect of hormonal contraception use during relationship formation on subsequent relationship satisfaction.…

Jan Havlíček

Associate professor at the Faculty of Science and senior researcher in NUDZ

His main research interest is in evolutionary aspects of social perception. His group studies how odours, faces and voices influence impression formation, primarily in mating and competitive contexts, mainly within the theoretical frameworks of signalling, sexual selection and dual inheritance theory. His interests further include romantic relatioship formation and interaction of biological and cultural evolution. His background is in biology (BSc) and anthropology (MSc). He received a PhD (2004) from Charles University, Prague, for a study on human chemical communication.…

Radim Kuba

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

As part of his doctoral studies at the Department of Philosophy and History of Natural Sciences at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, he deals with the wider influence of sibling constellations on different areas of human personality (GAUK No. 269215). Therefore, he mainly addresses research questions concerning the influence of family environment as the most important epigenetic factor in the formation of person's character traits, study skills, sexual strategies, solutions to moral dilemmas, but also on their physiological or…

Lucie Kuncová

PhD student at the Faculty of Science

Lucie Kuncová’s research interest focuses on the influence of parental characteristics on human mate choice. Specifically, she is testing the resemblance between partner and opposite-sex parent in various characteristics (body odour, face, voice and personality). Moreover, she investigates the role of the quality of relationship with opposite-sex parent during childhood on partner preferences and the influence of the partner – opposite-sex parent similarity on the partner and sexual satisfaction. She has received Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Science, Charles…

Dagmar Schwambergová

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NÚDZ

Dagmar Schwambergová is a PhD student of Zoology programme at the Faculty of Science, Charles University. Her research interests lie mainly in the relationship of body odour and health status under the supervision of Jan Havlíček. She received her Bachelor's degree in General Biology and Master's degree in Zoology with specialization in Ecology and Ethology. In her PhD thesis she is working on the role of olfaction in human behavioural defence mechanism. She is also currently employed at the National Institute…

Žaneta Slámová

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

Her scientific interests include facial attractiveness and its association with immune system quality, or perception of faces in the context of mate choice and evaluation of potential rivals. The latter is also a topic she focuses on in her dissertation thesis. She received her bachelor’s degree at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University and then her master’s degree at the Department of Anthropology of the same faculty. Her main specialisation was Human Ethology. Currently, she is a PhD student at Faculty…

Pavel Šebesta

PhD Student at the department of General Anthropology

My scientifique interest incorporate topics as social perception, human voice, synesthesia - all from evolutionary perspective. Why do women’s and men’s voices differ? Is personality reflected in one’s voice? Is it possible to assess physical formidability or bodily dimensions from voice? Which voices are attractive and why? These questions summarise what I am currently working on or in the past. Other topic I am interested in - synesthesia so called “merging of senses” is a remarkable perceptual phenomenon. Does synesthetes…

Ayten Yeşim Semchenko

Her research interests lie in the field of human mating strategies and decision making under uncertainty. Currently, she works on her dissertation which is about human mating strategies from a cross-cultural perspective. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and her first master’s degree in Social Psychology and Its Application at the University of Groningen (Groningen, The Netherlands). Following that, she graduated from another master’s degree in Cognitive Science at the Middle…

Zuzana Štěrbová

PhD student at the First Faculty of Medicine and junior researcher in NUDZ

Zuzana Štěrbová is a PhD student of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University. Her research focuses mainly on parental influence on mate choice and sexual behavior, assortative mating, discrepancy between partner preferences and actual choices, and relationship satisfaction. Her leisure time activities include birdswatching, fine (especially contemporary) and applied arts, and travelling with her sister Alena.

Vít Třebický

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

His research focuses on sexual dimorphism and variability of humans in sexual selection framework. He is mainly interested in the human morphology and perception of visual cues of men´s faces and bodies involved in intra-sexual competition and women's preferences for traits of physical attractiveness in men. Another line of his interests lies in the development of the standardised methodology of visual stimuli acquisition and processing. He received his bachelor degree at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University and finished his…

Petr Tureček

PhD student at the Faculty of Science and junior researcher in NUDZ

Petr Tureček's prime concern is cultural evolution. He now is working on computer models of systems with non-particulate inheritance, which are relevant to this field. Beside that he cooperates on several projects concerning human ethology. Amongst his many reaserch topics are such things as the evolution of female menopause and grandmothering, birth-order effects, general attractiveness and mate choice. He is pioneering new research topics; semantic pareidolia and live yurt hypothesis studied by archetypal archeology. He is a student of doctoral…

Lenka Kysilková

Lenka Kysilková is mainly focusing on factors influencing onset of lactation and breastfeeding. For her diploma thesis, she will be investigating characteristics of the breast and the areola and their
function in infant’s perception. She also studies the role of the areolar glands. Her supervisor is Jan Havlíček. She completed her bachelor’s degree in general biology at Faculty of science at Charles University. She continues her studies here in the field of Zoology specialized in Ecology and ethology.

Pavlína Šámalová

She studies at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, a master´s degree in Theoretical and Evolutionary Biology. In her research she deals with the factors influencing the onset of breastfeeding. Her supervisor is Jan Havlíček. She also participates on Martin Hůla´s research, focusing on flower preferences.