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:
26 September, 2019>> Lisa Welling presented research on the psychobehavioral effects of hormonal contraceptives to the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.
11 September, 2019>> A collaborative paper by Delecce, Lopes, Zeigler-Hill, Welling, Shackelford, and Abed has been accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences! The paper is titled "A preliminary but methodologically improved investigation of the relationships between major personality dimensions and human ejaculate quality."
17 July, 2019>> Some of our work on consensual non-monogamy has been covered by Psychology Today.
3 June, 2019>> Todd Shackelford, Viviana Weekes-Shackelford, Melissa McDonald, and Lisa Welling will be hosting the 32nd annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society meeting in Detroit, Michigan from June 24-27, 2020. See you in the Motor City!
2 June, 2019>> Lab members and collaborators are presenting their research this week at NEEPS in Boston. Be sure to check out presentations by Jenna Lunge, Rich Holler, and Justin Mogilski!
29 May, 2019>> Lab members and collaborators are presenting their research this week at HBES in Boston. Be sure to check out presentations by Ginny Mitchell, Jenna Lunge, Rich Holler, Justin Mogilski, and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford!
5 April, 2019>> Congratulation to Honor's student Ashley Harris, who has accepted a Lab Manager position at Wayne State University in Dr. Ana Daugherty's Healthy Brain Aging Lab!
3 April, 2019>> Our paper by Mogilski, Vrabel, Mitchell, and Welling, titled "The primacy of trust within romantic relationships: Evidence from conjoint analysis of HEXACO-derived personality profiles", has been accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior.
20 March, 2019>> We are pleased to announce that Mercedes (Sadie) Hughes and Alex Orille have accepted invitations to join the lab as part of our M.S. program. Welcome, Sadie and Alex!
7 February, 2019>> Ginny Mitchell presented work on disgust sensitivity and sexual risk-taking among consensual non-monogamous individuals at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in Portland. Oregon.
5 February, 2019>> The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology (Editors: Welling and Shackelford) is now available for pre-order!
30 January, 2019>> Our recent paper by Mitchell, Mogilski, Zeigler-Hill, and Welling was accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences. Special congratulations to Ginny Mitchell on her first first-authored publication!
7 December, 2018>> Our recent paper by Reeve, Mogilski, and Welling was covered by Rob Burriss on his blog and podcast.
21 November, 2018>> Our recent paper by Reeve, Mogilski, and Welling has been reported on by Business Insider.
19 November, 2018 >> Our paper “The relative contribution of jawbone and cheekbone prominence, eyebrow thickness, eye size, and face length to evaluations of facial masculinity and attractiveness: A conjoint data-driven approach” by Mogilski and Welling has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology!
9 November, 2018>> Dr. Welling was interviewed by Ricardo the Dissenter.
9 October, 2018>> Our paper "Environmental Safety Threat Alters Mate Choice Processes in Humans: Further Evidence for the Environmental Security Hypothesis" (authors: Simon Reeve, Justin Mogilski, and Lisa Welling) has been accepted for publication inEvolutionary Psychological Science.
18 July, 2018>> Our paper "Jealousy, Consent, and Compersion Within Monogamous and Consensually Non-monogamous Romantic Relationships" (authors: Justin Mogilski, Simon Reeve, Sylis Nicolas, Sarah Donaldson, Ginny Mitchell, and Lisa Welling) has been accepted for publication in Archives of Sexual Behavior.
4-7 July, 2018 >> Lisa Welling, Justin Mogilski, and Jenna Lunge presented their work at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society Meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
13 June, 2018 >> Congratulations to Ginny Mitchell on successfully defending her MS thesis!
7 June, 2018 >> Congratulations to Kayla Shephard on successfully proposing her MS thesis!
27 May, 2018 >> Dr. Welling and former lab member Anna Wysocki presented posters at the annual American Psychological Society meeting in San Francisco, CA.
30 April, 2018 >> Congratulations to our Postdoc and former graduate student, Dr. Justin Mogilski, on accepting a tenure-track position at the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie!
18 April, 2018 >> Ginny Mitchell and Jenna Lunge presented posters at the Evolutionary Perspectives on Death conference in Rochester, MI.
16 April, 2018 >> We are pleased to announce that Rich Holler will be joining our lab this coming September. Welcome, Rich!
11 April, 2018 >> Dr. Welling was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award today at the Founders Day Luncheon!
22 March, 2018 >> Congratulations to Jenna Lunge, on being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Oakland University!
14 March, 2018 >> Congratulations to Jenna Lunge, who successfully defended her M.S. thesis today!
8 March, 2018 >> Dr. Welling has been awarded the University Research Counsel's Research Grant valued at $1,200 to fund hormonal assays.
27 February, 2018 >> Today Ginny Mitchell and Jenna Lunge presented their M.S. thesis work at the Psychology Department's Lunch Bunch talks. Great work, Ginny and Jenna!
8 February, 2018 >> Congratulations to Dr. Justin Mogilski on being the Department of Psychology's nominee for the Outstanding Dissertation Award!
1 February, 2018 >> Dr. Welling has been awarded the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award! Huge thank you to the nominating graduate students and to all lab graduate students (past and present) for being such a wonderful group to work with!
29 January, 2018 >> A collaborative paper, titled "An evolutionary perspective on intergroup dating bias" has been accepted for publication in Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology! This paper by Samantha Brindley, Melissa McDonald, Lisa Welling, and Virgil Zeigler-Hill, is Samantha Brindley's first first-authored paper. Congratulations, Samantha!
16 January, 2018 >> Our paper, "Do Men Produce Higher-Quality Ejaculates When Primed with Thoughts of Partner Infidelity?" has been accepted for publication in Evolutionary Psychology! This paper was a collaboration between three labs. The study authors are Michael N. Pham, Nicole Barbaro, Andrew M. Holub, Christopher J. Holden, Justin K. Mogilski, Guilherme S. Lopes, Sylis C. A. Nicolas, Yael Sela, Todd K. Shackelford, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, and Lisa L. M. Welling.
22 November, 2017 >> Simon Reeve and Jenna Lunge presented a talk titled "Evolutionary Approaches to Mate Choice and Hormone-mediated Behavior" for Psi Chi.
15 September, 2017 >> Our chapter titled "Stress hormones, physiology, and behavior" by Mogilski, Wysocki, Reeve, Mitchell, Lunge, and Welling has been accepted for inclusion in The Oxford Handbook on Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology.
28 June, 2017>> Our paper by Welling and colleagues, titled Sexual dimorphism effects upon neurophysiological correlates of face processing in women, has been accepted for publication by Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. 3 June, 2017 >> Justin Mogilski presented his work on jealousy differences between those in consensually non-monogamous relationships versus monogamous relationships at the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society meeting in Boise, Idaho.
2 June, 2017 >> Sarah Donaldson's work on hormone replacement therapy with Lisa Welling and Simon Reeve has been covered by HuffPost.
5 May, 2017 >> We're happy to announce that Kayla Shephard has accepted a M.S. position in our lab starting Autumn, 2017. Welcome, Kayla!
26 April, 2017 >> Congratulations to Jenna Lunge on successfully proposing her M.S. thesis research!
22 April, 2017 >> Today, lab members showed their support for science at the Ann Arbor (Michigan), Detroit (Michigan), and Washington D.C. March for Science events. All three marches had very strong turn outs.
12 April, 2017 >> M.S. student Anna Wysocki has officially accepted a Ph.D. studentship at UC Davis - Congratulations, Anna! We'll miss having you around the lab, but look forward to seeing all you will accomplish!
7 April, 2017 >> Mogilski and Welling (2017) has been covered by Yahoo News.
4 April, 2017 >> Justin Mogilski's work was recently covered by PsyPost.
24 March, 2017 >> Interested in doing a MS in the lab? We are still accepting MS applications for the Fall 2017 semester. If interested, please contact either Dr. Lisa Welling (email@example.com) or graduate programs director Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. You can also apply online here: https://www.oakland.edu/applynow/
15 March, 2017 >> We are tremendously proud to announce that Justin Mogilski successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, titled Human mating and romantic decision-making: A conjoint analytic approach, this morning. Congratulations, Dr. Mogilski!
10 March, 2017 >> Ginny Mitchell presented work on mate-poaching at the annual Graduate Research Day at Oakland University. Her talk was very well-received. Great job, Ginny!
28 February, 2017 >> Dr. Welling has been nominated by her graduate students for the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award! Many thanks, Justin, Ginny, Anna, Jenna, and Simon!
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.