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).
29 December, 2015 >> Congratulations to Simon Reeve on the acceptance of his first first-authored publication! Transitory environmental threat alters sexually dimorphic mate preferences and sexual strategy is now in press at Evolutionary Psychological Science.
1 December, 2015 >> Congratulations to Ph.D. student Justin Mogilski, who has successfully proposed his dissertation research! Justin is now "all but dissertation" and is one step closer to being Dr. Mogilski. 30 November, 2015 >> Former student Mark McCoy's M.S. thesis has been covered by IFLS. 23 November, 2015>> Lisa Welling and the other TEDxOakland speakers were interviewed by WXOU. 20 November, 2015 >> Lisa Welling's paper with Ben Moreau, Brian Bird, Steve Hansen, and Justin Carré, titled Exogenous testosterone increases men's perceptions of their own physical dominance, has been accepted for publication in Psychoneuroendocrinology.
6 November, 2015 >> Congratulations to Ph.D. student Simon Reeve on passing his comprehensive exams!
23 October, 2015 >> Dr. Lisa Welling presented her work to a sold-out crowd of approximately 1000 people at the TEDxOakland event! Oakland University played host to a wide variety of speakers and entertainers on the day and TEDxOakland was a tremendous success. Dr. Welling's talk was titled It's not you, it's my hormones! The influence of testosterone on romantic partner preferences.
15 October, 2015 >> The Lab was represented by graduate student Simon Reeve, Research Assistant Rachel Shango, and former-RA Jonathan Saulter at the Cranbrook Institute of Science Fright After Dark public science event! These three lab members collected data from the general public and presented past research. 23 September, 2015 >> Tickets are now on sale for the TEDxOakland talks. Dr. Lisa Welling will be among the presenters and will be discussing hormone-mediated mate preferences.
15 August, 2015 >> Congratulations to Ph.D. student Justin Mogilski on passing his comprehensive exams!
14 August, 2015 >> Our paper with Molly McGuire, Keith Williams, and Jennifer Vonk, entitled Cognitive bias in rats is not influenced by oxytocin, has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology.
29 June, 2015 >> Justin Mogilski's paper, entitled Monogamy and consensual non-monogamy: Alternative approaches to pursuing a strategically pluralistic mating strategy, has been provisionally accepted for publication at Archives of Sexual Behavior. Well done, Justin!
21 June, 2015 >> Lisa Welling gave an invited talk on exogenous testosterone and men's perceptions of their own dominance at the Adapted mind, adapted body: The evolution of human behavior and its neuroendocrine regulation workshop in Erice, Sicily.
26-31 May, 2015 >> Lisa Welling, Justin Mogilski, Simon Reeve, and Sarah Donaldson presented their work at theHuman Behavior and Evolution Society's annual meeting in Columbia, MO.
14 May, 2015 >> Our menstrual cycle methods paper with Steven Gangestad and others, entitled How valid are assessments of conception probability in ovulatory cycle research? Evaluations, recommendations, and theoretical implications, has been accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior!
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 >> Dr. Lisa Welling has 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 (Co-investigators: Virgil Zeiger-Hill and Todd Shackelford; Study coordinator: Michael Pham).
12 February, 2015 >> Lisa Welling gave a talk at the Cranbrook Institute of Science's Love After Dark public event. The talk was titled, It's not you, it's my hormones! Hormonal influences on human mate preferences. Also, research by Dr. Lisa Welling, former student Mark McCoy, and Dr. Todd Shackelford was featured today on Javier Yanes' Ciencias Mixtas science blog.
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!