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:
10-13 May, 2016 >> Justin Mogilski and Lisa Welling's paper "Staying friends with an ex: Sex and dark personality traits predict motivations for post-relationship friendship" has been covered by TVFox8 Cleveland, Newstalk 1290 CJBK (London, Ontario, Canada), WWJ Radio, TVeyes radio (Florida), US 99.5, WINS-AM, the Daily Mail, Her.ie, Teen Vogue, Grazia, Glamour, Jetzt, Bustle, Vemale.com, Huffington Post (Canada and US), the Mirror, Esquire, Medical Daily, the Daily Times, Salon, Complex, Connections.mic, PureWow, ATTN, Black Entertainment Television, Broadly.com, Metro, Refinery29, the Independent (Ireland), M2 New Zealand, Vice, the Debrief, Marie Claire (also in Italian), El Universal, My Domaine, Guido News, Pudahuel FM, Entorno Intligente, Emol.com, Woman.at, Miss.at, Dazed & Confused magazine, Redonline, You Don't Know Football, Mama Mia, Daily Toast, Singapore News, Cosmopolitan (US and UK), MTV, AskMen, Metro International, Global News, Yahoo News, USA Today, Detroit Metro Times, Business Insider, Women's Health, the Stranger, and several others. 9 May, 2016 >> Justin Mogilski and Lisa Welling's paper, titled The relative importance of sexual dimorphism, fluctuating asymmetry, and color cues to health during evaluation of potential partners' facial photographs: A conjoint analysis study, has been accepted for publication in Human Nature. 2 May, 2016 >> Dr. Lisa Welling and Dr. Todd Shackelford have contracted with Oxford University Press to co-edit The Oxford Handbook on Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology, due to be published in 2017. 28 April, 2016 >> Dr. Lisa Welling hosted the Oakland University-sponsored Class Outside Math Day event at Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers). More than 3600 students and teachers attended, with the highlight being a special presentation by John Brenkus of ESPN's Sport Science. Thanks also to High School Math teacher Derek Freiss and retired Detroit Tiger Dave Rozema for their presentation and demonstration. 27 April, 2016 >> Congratulations to Sylis Nicolas, who has had her first first-authored paper published!Women's acceptance of cosmetic surgery across the menstrual cycle is now in press at Personality and Individual Differences. Also, a paper with David Puts and others has been covered by The Guardian, Phys.Org, and EurekAlert. 18-19 April, 2016 >> Oakland University's Psychology Department hosted several world-renowned scholars at the Evolution of Psychopathology conference, organized by Drs. Todd Shackelford and Virgil Zeigler-Hill. It was a wonderful event with truly thought-provoking discussion. Several of our graduate students also presented posters, including Justin Mogilski, Sarah Donaldson, and Anna Wysocki. 2 April, 2016 >> Justin Mogilski and Lisa Welling's paper, entitledStaying friends with an Ex: Sex and dark personality traits predict motivations for post-relationship friendship, has been accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences. 1 April, 2016 >> Our paper with David Puts and others, entitled Sexual selection on male vocal fundamental frequency in humans and other anthropoids, has been accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - Series B. 30 March, 2016 >> We're happy to announce that Ginny Mitchell has accepted a Ph.D. position in our lab starting Autumn, 2016. Ginny joins us by way of Hendrix College in Arkansas. Welcome, Ginny!
22 March, 2016 >> We're pleased to announce that Jenna Lunge has agreed to join our lab in the Fall 2016 semester as a Master's student! Welcome aboard, Jenna! 19 March, 2016 >> Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Welling, who has been nominated for a Psychology Department Excellence in Teaching Award for the second year in a row!
7 March, 2016 >> Congratulations to M.S. student Sylis Nicolas, who successfully defended her thesis today!
23 February, 2016 >> Huge congratulations to M.S. student Sarah Donaldson, who has accepted a Ph.D. studentship at University of Oregon to work with Dr. Pranjal Mehta! We will certainly miss you, Sarah, but we wish you all the best as you progress through your academic career! 26 January, 2016 >> Simon Reeve's most recent paper has been featured by the Daily Times, the Daily Mail, the Express, and Passion RU (Russian media).
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.
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 the Human 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!