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:
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!
30 November, 2013 >> Our paper with Michael Pham, Todd Shackelford, and others, entitled "Oral sex, semen displacement, and sexual arousal: Testing the ejaculate adjustment hypothesis," has been accepted for publication in Evolutionary Psychology.
11 November, 2013 >> Dr. Lisa Welling ran a CV and Personal Statement Workshop today. The turnout was excellent - thanks to all those who attended!
9 October, 2013 >> Two chapters written by Lisa Welling, one on female adaptions to ovulation and the other on the evolution of female orgasm, have been accepted for publication in VA Weekes-Shackelford and TK Shackelford's edited volume Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Sexual Psychology and Behavior (Springer Publishing: New York, NY).
18 July, 2013 >> A special edition of Evolutionary Psychology, which focuses on comparative research and features some work by our lab, is now available.
22 July 2013 >> Mark McCoy and Lisa Welling, along with other Oakland University collaborators, attended and presented at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference. This year the conference was in Miami, Florida. A great time was had by all!
30 May, 2013 >> Our paper with Alex Hill (Penn State), entitled "Quantifying the strength and form of sexual selection on men's traits", has been accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior.
25 April, 2013 >> Our paper with Michael Pham, entitled "Is cunnilingus-assisted orgasm a male sperm-retention strategy?", was accepted for publication in Evolutionary Psychology. Michael is a PhD student with Dr. Todd Shackelford and this is his second first-authored paper. Congratulations, Michael!
18 April, 2013 >> We are happy to announce that Sylis Claire Nicolas has accepted an invitation to join our lab in September as a Masters student! Sylis joins us from Hollins University.
3 April, 2013 >> Congratulations to our Honor's student, Jonathan Saulter, on receiving a University Research Committee Travel Grant! This grant is valued at $400 and is for travel to the Mid-Western Psychological Conference in Chicago this coming May. Jonathan will be presenting work on theory of mind in bats.
1 April, 2013 >> We are very pleased to announce that Justin Mogilski has accepted an invitation to join our lab in September as a Ph.D. student! Justin joins us from Bucknell University, where he is currently completing his Masters degree.
27 March, 2013 >> Today we, along with the rest of the psychology department at Oakland University, are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jane Goodall! Dr. Goodall will be giving a talk to OU faculty and staff on the importance of animal and environmental conservation.
26 March, 2013 >> Our paper with Leslie Doll (Penn State) on how men's voices predict attractiveness and dominance has been accepted for publication in Human Nature!
7 March, 2013 >> We welcome Dr. David Feinberg, a collaborator who is visiting OU and our lab. Dr. Feinberg is giving an invited lecture on human voices and size perception.
27 February, 2013 >> Dr. Lisa Welling joined the editorial board of the journal Evolutionary Psychology.
28 November, 2012 >> Dr. Lisa Welling has been awarded an Oakland University Research Committee Faculty Research Fellowship valued at $10,000 (USD) to begin work on a project with nonhuman primates!