Adam Bode

Adam Bode

Position: PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology



BPsych(Hons)/LLB  Australian National University

Adam is an interdisciplinary romantic love and human mating researcher who employs an ethological framework in his theory and analysis. He has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. He is currently enrolled in a PhD in Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University. Adam’s research investigates romantic love using methods and approaches from biological anthropology, human ethology, and evolutionary psychology. Adam is a proponent of a new approach to the science of romantic love which takes a broad definition of romantic love, uses an ethological framework, and suggests it evolved by co-opting mother-infant bonding.

In 2021, with his co-author, Adam published a comprehensive review of romantic love using multiple biological perspectives and proposed a new, ethologically-informed, definition of romantic love. He is responsible for the monthly email update of the latest scientific romantic and companionate love research and annual Symposium.

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Romantic love

Human mating

Evolutionary behavioural and social sciences


Bode, A., & Kavanagh, P. S. (2023). Romantic Love and Behavioral Activation System Sensitivity to a Loved One. Behavioral Sciences, 13(11). doi:10.3390/bs13110921

Kowal, M., Sorokowski, P., Dinić, B. M., Pisanski, K., Gjoneska, B., Frederick, D. A., . . .  Bode, A. . . . Sternberg, R. J. (2023). Validation of the Short Version (TLS-15) of the Triangular Love Scale (TLS-45) across 37 Languages. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10508-023-02702-7

Bode, A. (2023). Romantic Love Evolved by Co-opting Mother-infant Bonding. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1176067

Bode, A., & Kowal, M. (2023). Toward Consistent Reporting of Sample Characteristics in Studies Investigating the Biological Mechanisms of Romantic Love. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2023.983419

Bode, A., & Kuula, L. (2021). Romantic Love and Sleep Variations: Potential Proximate Mechanisms and Evolutionary Functions. Biology, 10(9). doi:10.3390/biology10090923

Bode, A., & Kushnick, G. (2021). Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives on Romantic Love. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(1088). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.573123

Dolan, K., Rodas, A., & Bode, A. (2015). Drug and Alcohol Use and Treatment for Australian Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Prisoners: Demand Reduction Strategies. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 11(1), 30-38. doi:10.1108/IJPH-02-2014-0005

Hogan, A., Bode, A., & Berry, H. (2011). Farmer Health and Adaptive Capacity in the Face of Climate Change and Variability. Part 2: Contexts, Personal Attributes and Behaviors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(10). doi:10.3390/ijerph8104055

Hogan, A., Berry, H. L., Ng, S. P., & Bode, A. (2011). Decisions Made by Farmers That Relate to Climate Change. Agricultural Science, 23(1), 36-39. doi:10.3316/informit.977617084152339


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