We are located in the Psychology Department at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, USA. Headed by Dr. Lisa Welling, this lab focuses on factors that affect person perception, individual differences in preferences, hormone-mediated behavior, evolutionary approaches to mate choice, and other aspects of human relationships.
In addition to internal funding sources, our research has been funded by the NSERC (Canada), the ESRC (UK), the ORSAS (UK), and the AIB (USA).
Recent Lab News:
15 April, 2015 >> Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Welling, who is the recipient of the Oakland University 2015 New Investigator Research Excellence Award!
6 April, 2015 >> We are very pleased that Anna Wysocki has agreed to join our lab to complete her M.S. degree, beginning Fall 2015! Anna joins us from Nova Southeastern University. Welcome, Anna!
29 March, 2015 >> Our paper with Isaac Gonzalez-Santoyo and colleagues, titled The face of female dominance: Women with dominant faces have lower cortisol, has been accepted for publication in the journal Hormones and Behavior! This is Lisa Welling's 50th peer-reviewed journal article publication.
20 March, 2015 >> Dr. Lisa Welling has been nominated for a Department of Psychology Teaching Recognition Award. Congratulations, Dr. Welling!
19 February, 2015 >> Drs. Lisa Welling, Virgil Zeiger-Hill, and Todd Shackelford have been awarded an Oakland University Research Excellence Fund Support of Biomedical Research grant in the amount of $11,400 to study factors influencing sperm quality.
12 February, 2015 >> Lisa Welling gave a talk at the Cranbrook Institute of Sciences Love After Dark public event. The talk was titled, It's not you, it's my hormones! Hormonal influences on human mate preferences.
23 January, 2015 >> Our paper with David Puts and colleagues, titledFulfilling desire: Evidence for negative feedback between men's testosterone, sociosexual psychology, and sexual partner number, has been accepted for publication in the journal Hormones and Behavior!
18 December, 2014 >> Dr. Lisa Welling was interviewed by Yahoo News about the potential side-effects of hormonal contraceptive use.
4 December, 2014 >> Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Welling on being awarded an Oakland University Research Committee Faculty Research Fellowship valued at $10,000 (USD) to conduct Summer research on hormonal correlates of interpersonal behavior!
25 November, 2014 >> Congratulations to former M.S. student Mark McCoy, whose M.S. thesis, entitled Development and initial psychometric assessment of the Reasons for Pretending Orgasm Inventory, was accepted for publication in Evolutionary Psychology.
30 October, 2014 >> Dr. Welling is now the new Media Relations Officer for the journal Evolutionary Psychology. This position is in addition to her current duties as an editorial board member.
19 September, 2014 >> The Oakland University webpage featured some research done in the lab.
12 September, 2014 >> Current research by lab graduate student Justin Mogilski was featured today on CBS Detroit with Sean Lee, both via radio and their website. Great work, Justin!
5 September, 2014 >> Some of Lisa Welling's work has been covered by Shape Magazine.
14 August, 2014 >> A research collaboration with Dr. David Geary and others on women's preferences for masculine traits being disrupted by images of male-on-female aggression has been accepted for publication in PLoS One.
23 May, 2014 >> Congratulations to MS student Mark McCoy on successfully defending his Masters Thesis today! 10 May, 2014 >>Dr. Lisa Welling has joined the editorial board for the academic journal Evolutionary Psychological Science. This is a new journal published by Springer that aims to publish empirical research, theoretical contributions, literature reviews, and commentaries addressing human and nonhuman evolved psychology and behavior. The first issue of the journal will be published in March, 2015.
9 May, 2014 >> Honors student and recent graduate, Jonathan Saulter, presented his honors thesis on the effects of competition on face preferences at the 22nd annual Meeting of Minds conference in Rochester, MI. 7 May, 2014 >> Congratulations to our RA, Deanna Katto, who has received a Summer internship to work with Dr. Steve Stanton and Dr. Karen Markel on a project on consumer psychology!
2 May, 2014 >> Justin Molgilski presented work on differences in implicit versus explicit bias when investigating sex-based differences in emotional and sexual infidelity at the Midwestern Psychological Association's annual meeting in Chicago, IL. 23 April, 2014 >> Dr. Lisa Welling has joined the editorial board for the academic journal Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. This is a new journal published by Springer that aims to publish research on evolutionary aspects of human behavior, with emphasis on studies that also address physiological mechanisms (e.g., neurobiological, hormonal, immunological). The first issue of the journal will be published in March, 2015 (4 issues per year).
22 April, 2014 >> Work Justin Mogilski published with Dr. Susan Hughes on men and women altering their voices to increase their sexual attractiveness has been featured in many news outlets, including Time Magazine, CBS News, and Science World Report. Well done, Justin!
14 April, 2014 >> We are very happy to announce that Simon Reeve has accepted a Ph.D. position in our lab starting in the Autumn semester. Simon joins us from Western Illinois University by way of the UK. Welcome, Simon!
11 April, 2014 >> Justin Mogilski and Sylis Nicolas presented some of their work at the North-Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society's annual meeting. Sylis received a University Research Counsel Student Travel Award to attend this meeting.
27 March, 2014 >> Congratulations to Sylis Nicolas on the acceptance of her chapter, titled The Darwinian Mystique? Synthesizing evolutionary psychology and feminism, for publication in the forthcoming edited volume Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology! This is Sylis' first publication.
26 March, 2014 >> Lab graduate students Justin Mogilski, Sylis Nicolas, and Mark McCoy each presented their work at the Evolution of Morality conference at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester, MI. Their work was very well-received by the interdisciplinary experts present. A great time was had be all!
23 March, 2014 >> We are very pleased that Sarah Donaldson has agreed to join our lab to complete her M.S. degree, beginning Fall 2014! Sarah joins us from UC Santa Barbara and the California National Primate Research Center. Welcome, Sarah!
19 March, 2014 >> Huge congratulations to M.S. student Mark McCoy, who has accepted a Ph.D. studentship at Bowling Green State University to work with Dr. Anne Gordon! We will miss having you around the lab, Mark, but wish you all the best as you progress through your academic career!
9 March, 2014 >> Congratulations to Justin Mogilski on the publication of his second first-authored paper! "Prioritization of potential mates' history of sexual fidelity during a conjoint ranking task" has been accepted for publication in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
28 February, 2014 >> Jonathan Saulter presented his honors thesis research with Dr. Lisa Welling on the effects of competition outcome on men's and women's face preferences at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters (MASAL) conference in Rochester, MI.
1 February, 2014 >> Lisa Welling ran a "Getting into Grad School" workshop with Dr. Cindy Sifonis. Despite horrible weather, many students came and contributed to discussions. Thanks to all those who attended!
27 January, 2014 >> Our paper with John Wheatley and others, entitled "Women's faces and voices are cues to reproductive potential in industrial and forager societies," has been accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior. Many congratulations to John on this, his first first-authored paper!