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). Like us on Facebook!
Recent Lab News:
18 January, 2017 >> Dr. Welling has been nominated by Oakland University student-athletes to be recognized for academic achievement and for assisting athletes in achieving their academic pursuits.
5 January, 2017 >> Dr. Lisa Welling gave an invited colloquium at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her talk was titledHormones and attraction: How testosterone influences romantic partner preferences.
9 December, 2016 >> Congratulations to Ginny Mitchell on successfully proposing her M.S. thesis to her committee! Well done, Ginny!
18 November, 2016 >> Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Welling, who has been nominated for a Senate Teaching Excellence Award!
14 November, 2016 >> Congratulations to Justin Mogilski and Ginny Mitchell on winning Provost Graduate Student Research Awards, each valued at $2000!
5 November, 2016 >> Justin Mogilski is giving an invited symposium talk on sex differences in jealousy within monogamous and consensually non-monogamous romantic relationships at the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists' meeting in Asheville, NC.
19 October, 2016 >> Congratulations to Sarah Donaldson on having her first first-authored publication accepted! The Influence of Hormone Replacement Therapy on Mating Psychology Among Post-Menopausal Women is now in press at Personality and Individual Differences. 17 October, 2016 >>Congratulations to Simon Reeve for passing his proposal defense this morning. Simon is now ABD (All But Dissertation). Great job, Simon! 16 October, 2016 >> Our paper with Alex Hill and others, titledAre there vocal cues to human developmental stability? Relationships between facial fluctuating asymmetry and voice attractiveness, has been accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior.
15 August, 2016 >> Congratulations to lab alumna Bethany Bengry on starting the School Psychology Ph.D. program at Central Michigan University! 2 August, 2016 >> Our paper with Brian Bird, Justin Carre, and others, titled Effects of exogenous testosterone and mating context on men's preferences for female facial femininity, has been accepted for publication at Hormones and Behavior.
28 July, 2016 >> Congratulations to Sarah Donaldson on officially defending her M.S. thesis!
29 June-2 July, 2016 >> Lisa Welling, Justin Mogilski, and Sarah Donaldson each presented well-received talks at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, which was hosted in Vancouver, B.C. this year.
24 June, 2016 >> Lisa Welling's paper, titledSynthetic hormone dose in hormonal contraceptives predicts individual differences in personality, has been accepted for publication in Social Behavior Research and Practice.
4 June, 2016 >> Simon Reeve's paper with Kristine Kelly and Lisa Welling, titledThe Effect of Mate Value Feedback on Women's Mating Aspirations and Mate Preference, has been accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences.
28 May, 2016 >> Sylis Nicolas' and Lisa Welling's paper on acceptance of cosmetic surgery across the menstrual cycle has been covered by the Times UK. 10-18 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, KIRO-AM, 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, our 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).