Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

Adjunct Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Research Scientist, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction


  • B.A., Neuroscience and Behavioral Development, Binghamton University, 2007
  • M.S., Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences (EEB), Binghamton University, 2011

Research interests

Evolutionary studies; gender studies; behavioral biology; sexuality; intimate relationships; romantic love; social/sexual monogamy; reproductive health; interdisciplinary studies

Representative publications

Sexual hookup culture: A review (2012)
Justin R Garcia, Chris Reiber, Sean G Massey and Ann M Merriwether
Review of General Psychology, 16 (2), 161-176

Hook-up behavior: A biopsychosocial perspective (2008)
Justin R Garcia and Chris Reiber
Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 2 (4), 192

The 7R polymorphism in the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) is associated with financial risk taking in men (2009)
Anna Dreber, Coren L Apicella, Dan TA Eisenberg, Justin R Garcia, Richard S Zamore, J Koji Lum ...
Evolution and Human Behavior, 30 (2), 85-92

Associations between dopamine D4 receptor gene variation with both infidelity and sexual promiscuity (2010)
Justin R Garcia, James MacKillop, Edward L Aller, Ann M Merriwether, David Sloan Wilson and J Koji Lum
PLoS One, 5 (11), e14162

Testosterone exposure, dopaminergic reward, and sensation-seeking in young men (2010)
Benjamin C Campbell, Anna Dreber, Coren L Apicella, Dan TA Eisenberg, Peter B Gray, Anthony C Little ...
Physiology & behavior, 99 (4), 451-456

Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (2013)
Peter B Gray and Justin R Garcia
Harvard University Press.

Hooking up: Gender differences, evolution, and pluralistic ignorance (2010)
Chris Reiber and Justin R Garcia
Evolutionary Psychology, 8 (3), 390-404

Feelings of regret following uncommitted sexual encounters in Canadian university students (2012)
Maryanne L Fisher, Kerry Worth, Justin R Garcia and Tami Meredith
Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14 (1), 45-57

Evolutionary neuromarketing: Darwinizing the neuroimaging paradigm for consumer behavior (2008)
Justin R Garcia and Gad Saad
Journal of Consumer Behaviour: An International Research Review, 7 (4‐5), 397-414

Prevalence of experiences with consensual nonmonogamous relationships: Findings from two national samples of single Americans (2017)
Mara L Haupert, Amanda N Gesselman, Amy C Moors, Helen E Fisher and Justin R Garcia
Journal of sex & marital therapy, 43 (5), 424-440

Dopamine receptor genes predict risk preferences, time preferences, and related economic choices (2011)
Jeffrey P Carpenter, Justin R Garcia and J Koji Lum
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 42 (3), 233-261

What keeps passion alive? Sexual satisfaction is associated with sexual communication, mood setting, sexual variety, oral sex, orgasm, and sex frequency in a national US study (2017)
David A Frederick, Janet Lever, Brian Joseph Gillespie and Justin R Garcia
The Journal of Sex Research, 54 (2), 186-201

Variation in orgasm occurrence by sexual orientation in a sample of US singles (2014)
Justin R Garcia, Elisabeth A Lloyd, Kim Wallen and Helen E Fisher
The journal of sexual medicine, 11 (11), 2645-2652

Dopamine and risk choices in different domains: Findings among serious tournament bridge players (2011)
Anna Dreber, David G Rand, Nils Wernerfelt, Justin R Garcia, Miguel G Vilar, J Koji Lum ...
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 43 (1), 19-38

Mating markets and bargaining hands: Mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national US studies (2016)
Melissa R Fales, David A Frederick, Justin R Garcia, Kelly A Gildersleeve, Martie G Haselton and Helen E Fisher
Personality and Individual Differences, 88 78-87