Research

Scholarly Endeavors of CAS

The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences is deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter, and explore everything from global issues to matters here in the state of Michigan. UM-Flint is uniquely positioned to offer research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, allowing them the opportunity to work alongside faculty in the pursuit of new knowledge. Below are some of the current research activities taking place in CAS. 

Africana Studies

The Rise of Coffee and the Demise of Colonial Autonomy
Authored by Dr. Guluma Gemeda and published in Northeast African Studies, this article examines the relationship between political centralization and the penetration of the market economy in Ethiopia during the early twentieth century. It attempts to show how increased coffee production and export, despite its contribution to the prosperity of Jimma, undermined the kingdom’s autonomy and accelerated Haile Sellassie’s drive for the creation of a centralized bureaucratic state. 

Violent Non-State Actors in Africa: Terrorists, Rebels and Warlords
Edited by Dauda Abubakar, this book explores the rise and impact of violent non-state actors in contemporary Africa and the implications for the sovereignty and security of African states. Each chapter tackles a unique angle on violent organizations on the continent with the view of highlighting the conditions that lead to the rise and radicalization of these groups.

Biology

Age and Growth Estimates for Sea Lamprey in the Great Lakes: Status and Future Direction
Lead by Dr. Heather Dawson, this research project aims to review the research on measuring the age and growth of Great Lakes sea lamprey populations, and provide future directions for improving them. Measuring productivity and recruitment in invasive sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) populations across the Great Lakes requires accurate assessments of sea lamprey age, growth, and survival.

Before and After Hamilton Dam Removal on the Flint River
Led by Dr. Heather Dawson, this project aims to research the river and stream bank morphology, as well as the biological diversity and their contaminant load adjacent to campus. This project aims to highlight the health of the river by determining the diversity of fish species and their abundance, as well as the diversity of aquatic insect species that serve as indicators of the health of the ecosystem.

For-Mar Restoration
For-Mar Nature Preserve in Burton, MI is a gem in Genesee County! Just a 5 min drive from UM-Flint campus, For-Mar is already the site of many UM-Flint Wildlife courses’ favorite field trips. Located near the back of the 383 acre preserve is a meadow undergoing habitat restoration, to remove invasive and non-native plants. Students from the Tonietto Lab monitor the flowering plants and wild bees at the site in partnership with For-Mar naturalists and Teresa Yoder-Nowak.

Genetic Analysis of Small Mammals in Northern Lower Michigan
Led by Dr. Jo Sucic in collaboration with Dr. Jill Witt, we are using molecular genetic analysis to examine the health of several populations of small mammals in northern lower Michigan.  This project is a great example of the synergy that can exist between molecular biology and wildlife biology!  Dr. Witt’s wildlife students set up “hair snares” in northern lower Michigan, and hairs that are collected are used for DNA extraction. Mitochondrial DNA analysis allows us to identify the species that left the hair; analysis of nuclear sequences called microsatellites, which are the sequences used in DNA fingerprinting, allows us to identify individual animals and to examine the genetic health of the population. This project could help inform decisions on wildlife management in northern Michigan. 

Genetic Variation and Physical Performance
Led by Dr. Joe Sucic in collaboration with Dr. Allon Goldberg of the Department of Physical Therapy. One of the major advances to come from the analysis of the human genome is the role of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in a wide variety of disease and other conditions.  We are doing analysis of SNPs in a number of genes, including those encoding Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) and Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), and examining if the presence of specific SNPs correlates with an array of physical performance abilities (i.e., balance, strength, etc.) in elderly physical therapy patients. The examination of the physical therapy patients is done by Dr. Goldberg and his assistants. The patients provide a saliva sample, from which students in my lab extract DNA and do the SNP analysis. This work could inform physical therapy regimens for patients based upon their genotype.

Mictroenvironmental Stress: Trigger for Metastasis?
Lead by Dr. Joe Sucic. Cells within a tumor are subject to a variety of stressful conditions, such as acidic pH, low oxygen levels (hypoxia) and, perhaps, elevated temperature, all of which are the result of the high metabolic activity of the cells. We have hypothesized that these stressful conditions could be a trigger for metastasis—they essentially cause cells to look for a “new home” with better conditions. To investigate this hypothesis, we have been examining if stressful conditions can induce and/or enhance metastatic behavior in cultured breast cancer cells. For this experimentation, we expose the cells to a variety of stressful conditions and examine for 1) cell invasiveness, 2) the expression of key proteins that mediate metastasis, and 3) the expression of key miRNAs that mediate metastasis. This project could provide insight into the cause of metastasis and potentially establish molecular targets for therapeutic intervention. 

The Porch Project
The Porch Project is a community-engaged research project in partnership with Megan Heyza and the Eastside Improvement Association of Flint. Our combined goals of neighborhood beautification, landscaping enhancements, porch repairs, increasing neighbor engagement and outdoor relationship building, and pollinator conservation come together in this project where UM-Flint students in the Tonietto Lab plant gardens in front yards. We provide residents with garden designs using native plants or non-native ornamental plants typically used in formal front yard landscaping, and return once a month to observe which garden type better supports our native pollinators.

Testing the Effects of Phylogenetic Diversity on Restoration Outcomes in Tallgrass Prairie
Led by Dr. Rebecca Tonietto, The Prairie Plot Experiment at the Morton Arboretum is a broad-scale investigation into the dimensions of diversity used as metrics in prairie restoration. While many restoration plans incorporate diversity targets, we tend to use taxonomic diversity (how many species do we have and how evenly are they represented) as opposed to functional diversity (what types of species are present based on their traits) or phylogenetic diversity (what proportion of prairie plants from an evolutionary perspective are represented and how closely are they related). 

The Prairie Plot Experiment contains over 120 native species planted in treatment plots of low, medium, and high functional x low or high phylogenetic diversity; allowing us to tease apart the impact of evolutionary distinct planting arrays.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Electrochemical Food Research
Dr. Matthew Fhaner’s research involves seeking out and finding new applications for electrochemistry in the analysis of functional food research, primarily involving polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil. These fatty acids are known to have a number of health benefits, so finding ways to preserve them is essential to their inclusion in human diets. In order to preserve these fatty acids, novel antioxidant systems are being investigated to determine if there are potential new antioxidant sources from American agricultural byproducts.  

In the lab we use differential pulse voltammetry (electrochemistry) and gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry to determine the relationship between antioxidant levels and changes in the fatty acid composition of an oil. The goal is to determine relative antioxidant efficiencies of emerging antioxidants in real-time in the hopes of finding natural sources for commercial product preservation.

Vitamin D and the Immune System
The focus of Dr. Jessica Kelts’s research is the non-classical actions of vitamin D and its action in regulating the immune system. Numerous epidemiological studies show that adequate amounts of vitamin D seem to be preventative in cancer, heart disease, and many autoimmune diseases. While it is acknowledged that many cells in the immune system use vitamin D, the exact mechanism by which vitamin D modulates immunity is unknown and will be the focus of my research.

Exploring New Ligands
Dr. Nicholas Kingsley’s research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of bidentate indolyl and pyrrolyl based ligands for transition metal coordination. These resulting metal complexes will be used as catalysts for a variety of transformations mainly hyrdroamination and polymerization of olefins.

With the wide range of bidentate ligands reported in literature that incorporate oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus donors, and the recent interest in pyrrolide-imine ligands, it is surprising that indolyl and pyrrolyl moieties are still underutilized ligands in inorganic chemistry particularly for the main group metals. The potential utility of chelating ligands incorporating pyrrolyl or indolyl substituents can be appreciated by comparison of tri(pyrrolyl)methane to similar triamidoamine, and triamido ligands. The triamidoamine and triamido ligands have similar electronic and coordination properties but differ significantly in charge, π-donating ability, and bridging ability compared to tri(pyrrolyl)methane. The nitrogen lone pair that remains upon N→M σ-donation is involved in the aromatic π system of the heterocycle and is less available for N→M π-donation or for bridging two metal centers. Despite these advantages, there is little chemistry of chelating ligands containing pyrrolyl or indolyl substituents aside from the extensive chemistry of porphyrins, porphyrinogens and other macrocycles.

Managing Epigenetic Modifications
Dr. Justin Massing’s research focuses on epigenetic modifications enabling dynamic regulation of gene expression in response to environmental factors without altering the underlying genetic sequence. Known mechanisms include DNA methylation at cytosine and an array of organic modifications to histone N-termini. Such modifications, though necessary (e.g., cellular differentiation), have been implicated in a variety of disease pathologies, including addiction, diabetes, and cancer. Using well-established molecular imaging techniques, we are developing simple, yet innovative tools able to differentiate distinct epigenetic changes noninvasively. The ability to do so will further our understanding regarding these fundamental processes, provide useful prognostic information, and guide future therapeutic designs. 

Synthetic Iron(IV)-Oxo Complexes
Dr. Justin Massing’s research focuses on mononuclear nonheme iron enzymes that activate molecular oxygen catalyze crucial oxidative transformations (e.g., DNA demethylation). Despite their diverse chemistries, these metalloenzymes share a characteristic 2-His-1-carboxylate facial triad that supports a high-spin iron(IV)-oxo intermediate responsible for substrate oxidation. Synthetic strategies to generate this electronic structure include enforcing a trigonal bipyramidal geometry and sterically weakening a pseudo-octahedral ligand field about the metal center. These approaches, however, utilize nitrogen-rich ligand platforms that omit the 2-His-1-carboxylate structural motif. To better understand the features controlling iron(IV)-oxo reactivity, we are constructing weak-field oxygen-rich ligands that will structurally mimic mononuclear nonheme iron enzyme active sites. Select candidates will be applied to the fields of C-H activation and sustainable catalysis.

Investigating Molecular Properties 
Dr. Jie Song’s research focuses on computational applications to real chemical systems of interest. Included in my current research interests are the highly accurate descriptions of the electronic structures of small- to moderate-sized molecules and molecular ions, the application of the hybrid quantum/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) to the large-sized system, and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR). Current research programs include: (i) using accurate and ultrahigh accurate multi-reference methods to investigate potential energy surfaces of smaller molecules as well as the low-lying excited states, and using ab initio methods to predict molecular properties as well as electronic structures of mid-sized molecules. The undergoing projects focus on systems like transitional metal carbide/oxide, dioxirane and its derivatives, and fullerenes; (ii) using hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanic methods or the molecular mechanic methods to investigate reactions in aqueous solutions and on the surfaces; (iii) using statistical methods (combined with computational methods) to investigate the QSAR for agrochemicals.

Finding Green Solutions, Exploring Cancer Treatments
Dr. Jessica Tischler is currently involved in several areas of research. Following the principles of green chemistry, we are trying to develop alternative reaction conditions for traditional organic reactions. For example, we are using hot, pressurized water (subcritical water) to both solvate and catalyze a reaction that traditionally is done in organic solvents with catalysts that require subsequent disposal.

Finding a targeted drug to fight cancer with limited side effects would be a magic bullet in the fight against cancer versus the shotgun approach of traditional chemotherapeutics. In my research, we are targeting the histone deacetylase enzyme. This enzyme is involved in regulating gene expression in cells and could be one of the mechanisms that “goes wrong” in a cancer cell. We are investigating simple, easy to synthesize compounds and testing their ability to inhibit this enzyme, thus restoring the cell’s natural regulation process.

Chemicals’ Effects in Human Development
Dr. Besa Xhabija’s research focus is to study the effects of environmental toxins, nanomaterials and drugs in human development utilizing embryonic stem (ES) cells. ES cells lines are established from the inner cell mass of the 3.5 day old mouse blastocyst and they have the ability to maintain their pluripotency indefinitely. Under the tightly controlled conditions ES cells will spontaneously will give rise to more specialized cells of the ectodermal, mesodermal, and endodermal lineages, such as neuronal cells, heart, liver, blood vessel, and pancreatic islet on the addition or removal of certain growth factors.

We plan on treating the ESC cells with various environmental toxins, nanomaterials or drugs and to evaluate their effect in the formation of the pre-implantation embryo development. We would utilize quantitative real time PCR, cell cycle analysis, immunofluorescence assay, colony formation and other techniques in order to measure the change in various aspects of organismal development.

Communication Studies

Impact of Media on Children
How are children impacted by the media and what can they understand? Dr. Rosean’s research looks at children at different developmental stages, and even provides suggestions for parents on managing media at home. 

Older Women in Assisted Living
Dr. Heather Seipke’s research often focuses on older adults. In this article, published in the Journal of Women & Aging, she explores how older women communicate their sense of self when transitioning to assisted living facilities.

Stephen Colbert’s Satire
Dr. Marcus Paroske examines “participatory satire” when Stephen Colbert formed his own Super PAC to satirize campaign finance law. The article was published in the journal “Studies in American Humor,” and looks at the implications of Colbert participating directly with the government processes he satirizes.

Computer Science & Information Systems

Model-Driven Software Development, Smartgrid, Intelligent Agents, UAVs
Dr. Allison’s study of the “A Resilient Cooperative Localization Strategy for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Swarms,” recently published in the 2020 10th Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (CCWC). 

Dr. Allison is part of the faculty team that leads the Intelligent Systems Research Group at UM-Flint pursues research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Controlled Systems. Their goals are to promote the advancement of the theory and applications of AI.

Semantic Web, Fault Management and Wireless Network
Dr. Alhosban’s study of the “Discovering a New Correlations and Patterns related to Educational Programs in Web Development,” recently published in the 2018 8th International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT).

Dr. Alhosban is part of the faculty team that leads the Intelligent Systems Research Group at UM-Flint pursues research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Controlled Systems. Their goals are to promote the advancement of the theory and applications of AI. 

Data Mining & Machine Learning, Social Computing, Biomedical Informatics & Bioinformatics, Parallel Computing
Dr. Bisgin’s study of the “Targeted Metabolic Profiling of Urine Highlights a Potential Biomarker Panel for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study,” recently published in by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. 

Another recent publication from Dr. Bisgin includes research into the causes and development of epilepsy in the brain, read more about it.

Database Systems, Processing of Streaming Data, Data Lineage, Big Data, Secure Query Processing in the Cloud, Effective Computer Science Education, Women and Minorities in Computer Science
Dr. Mani’s study in exploring query resents, “IPAW 2020 Preprint: Efficient Computation of Provenance for Query Result Exploration.

He also leads the Database Management Systems research team, which pursues studies into the general area of computer science. 

Misinformation in Social Media, Coalition Formation, Game Theory, Complexity Theory, Social Networks
Dr. Spradling’s study of the “Introducing & Evaluating ‘Nutrition Facts’ for Online Content,” recently published in the 2020 International Conference on Cyber Security and Protection of Digital Services (Cyber Security).

Computer & Mobile Security, Behavioral Biometrics, Data Mining
Dr. Syed’s study of the “Touch gesture-based authentication on mobile devices: The effects of user posture, device size, configuration, and inter-session variability, ” recently published in the Journal of Systems and Software.

Dr. Syed is part of the faculty team that leads the Intelligent Systems Research Group at UM-Flint pursues research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Controlled Systems. Their goals are to promote the advancement of the theory and applications of AI. 

Designing for Real People with Real Needs
Dr. Tang’s study of the “New to a Country: Barriers for International Students to Access Health Services and Opportunities for Design,” recently published in the book, Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare.

Smart Grid communications, smart meter data collection, security & privacy in the Smart Grid, Cybersecurity education & curriculum development; Routing in Wireless Mesh Networks; Quality-of-Service routing in networks
Dr. Uludag’s study of the “A Survey of Denial-of-Service Attacks and Solutions in the Smart Grid,” recently published in by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Another of his recent publications includes research into the detection and reduction of stealthy DDos attacks via Internet-of-Things (IoT) networks.

Dr. Uludag also leads the Lab for Advanced Networks and Systems (LANS) research group, which pursues studies into the general area of computer network systems. 

Economics

Restaurant Smoking Bans
In this paper, published in The Journal of Economics, Dr. Douglas explores the impact of smoking bans on bar and restaurant sales values. The study finds that the value of restaurants decreased following the smoking ban, while the value of bars increased.

Cost Benefit Analysis
Dr. Nas’ book, Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Application, is written for non-economists to explore CBA in domains such as public administration, urban studies and health care. The reader is taken through the steps of a typical evaluation process, including the identification, measurement, and comparison of costs and benefits, and project selection.

CNN Business: The GM Workers’ Strike Probably Isn’t Worth It
Dr. Douglas contributed this piece to CNN Business, discussing the outcomes from the GM workers’ strike in October 2019. Douglas explores the comparative winners and losers from the strike.

Engineering

Detecting Stress Through Thermal Imaging
Dr. Mihai Burzo, along with researchers from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, developed an artificial intelligence system to detect acute stress in human subjects via thermal imaging. 

Introduction to Engineering: An Assessment and Problem Solving Approach
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Quamrul Mazumder authored the textbook Introduction to Engineering: An Assessment and Problem Solving Approach. Published by Routledge the book begins with an overview of the assessment theory, presents examples of real-world. 

Active Learning
Dr. Na (Linda) Zhu published a paper in the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education that explores more effective teaching methods in courses that deal with noise and vibration. Since this content relies heavily on differential equations and linear algebra, students can often struggle to apply the math to solving issues with noise and vibration. This paper explains a more effective method of introducing students to these concepts. 

History

The Forge at Factory Two
We have our own blacksmithing forge. Launched in 2018, the forge is an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge of this historic craft with their classroom experiences. The forge is used in select courses or for students to use in their free time.

Lumber City Baseball Club
This public history partnership of the Department of History and Whaley Historic House Museum of Flint, Michigan explores the role of reenactment and programming in history. The team plays every summer and students may join the club as a player or interpreter.

Cemetery Preservation
Since 2016, faculty and students have worked at Flint’s oldest cemetery to identify, document, and restore the monuments at Old Calvary Cemetery. Work at Old Calvary is incorporated into History 403: Cities of the Dead, and a summer internship.

Physics

Black Holes as Condensed Tools, Orbital Mechanics
Dr. Alsup’s study of the “Holographic Fermi Liquids in a Spontaneously Generated Lattice,” recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Optical Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Nanostructures at Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields 
Dr. Barman’s May 2020 study of the “Circular Polarization Dynamics during Magnetic Polaron Formation in Type-II Magnetic Quantum Dots,” recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Supermassive Black Hole growth, Active Galaxies, Quasar Absorption Lines, Quasar Outflows
Check out Dr. Ganguly’s co-authored October 2019 study of “Probing quasar winds using intrinsic narrow absorption lines,” recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Philosophy

Dr. Jami Anderson

Books

Book Chapters

  • Reframing Punishment: Making Visible Bodies, Silence and De-humanisation (forthcoming)
    Edited by Selina Doran and Laura Bottell
    Chapter Title: “Remorse and Responsibility: Discipline and Punishment in Light of Autism” 

Journal Articles

Dr. Simon Cushing

Books

Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Dr. Aderemi Artis

Journal Articles

Dr. Benedicte Veillet

Book Chapters

 Journal Articles

Psychology

Dr. Horgan’s Social Cognition Lab

Research topics in the lab include:

  • Social Cognition
  • Appearance accuracy                                          
  • Accuracy in interpersonal perception                                  
  • Gender differences in interpersonal sensitivity
  • Nonverbal behavior and person perception/memory 
  • Sexual Objectification
  • Evolutionary Psychology: Adaptive memory

We are currently exploring the verbal and nonverbal cues used to signal romantic interest in mixed-sex and same-sex relationships. We also are examining the factors that enhance and depress perceivers’ memory for appearance and verbal statements of others.

Recent publications and presentations (since 2015):

  • Knapp, M. L., Hall, J. A., & Horgan, T. G. (expected 2020). Nonverbal communication in human interaction (9th ed.). Kendall/Hunt
  • Horgan, T.G. (2020) A New Look at Person Memory. In: Sternberg R., Kostić A. (eds) Social Intelligence and Nonverbal Communication. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34964-6_7
  • Hall, J. A., Gunnery, S. D., & Horgan, T. G. (2016). Gender differences in interpersonal accuracy.  In Hall, J. A., Schmid Mast, M., & West, T. V. (Eds.), The social psychology of perceiving others accurately (pp. 309-327). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 
  • Horgan, T. G., Herzog, N.L., & Dyszlewski, S. (2019). Does your messy office make your mind look cluttered? Office appearance and perceivers’ judgments about the owner’s personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 370-379.
  • Hall, J. A., Horgan, T. G., & Murphy, N. (2019). Nonverbal communication in the 21st century. Annual Review of Psychology, 70, 271-294.
  • Horgan, T.G., McGrath, M. P., Bastien, C., Wegman, P. A. (2017). Gender and appearance accuracy: Women’s advantage over men is restricted to dress items. The Journal of Social Psychology, 19, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1282848
  • Horgan, T. G., Grey, M., Looney, N. L., Long, T., & Lindenmulder, J. (2017). Sex doesn’t always sell: The effects of objectifying images on perceivers’ judgments of a female speaker. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000145
  • Fitzgerald, C. J., Horgan, T.G., & Himes, S. M. (2016). Shaping men’s memory: The effects of a female’s waist-to-hip ratio on men’s memory for her appearance and biographical information. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 510-516.
  • Horgan, T. G., Broadbent, J., McKibbin, W. F., & Duehring, A. J. (2015). Show versus Tell? The effects of mating context on women’s memory for a man’s physical features and  verbal statements. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, 1-18.
  • Grey, M. J., Horgan, T. G., Long, T. A., Looney, N. K., Lindenmulder, J. R. (2015). Contrasting objectification and competence: Body competent images of women relieve women of self-objectification. Journal of Media Psychology, 28, 88-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000159

Dr. Sela’s Recent Publications & Presentations

Dr. Sela is an experimental psychologist focused on applying an evolutionary perspective to the study of romantic relationships, sexual conflict, and religiosity.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Otterbring, T., & Sela, Y. (2020). Sexually Arousing Ads Induce Sex-Specific Financial Decisions in Hungry Individuals. Personality and Individual Differences, 152. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109576
  • Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Shackelford, T. K., McDonald, M. M., Weekes-Shackelford, V.A., & Abed, M.G. (2020). Childhood religious experiences with peers and primary caregivers: Associations with individual differences in adult religiosity. Personality and Individual Differences, 158, 109802.
  • Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Atari, M., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2019). Romantic attachment and mate retention behavior: The mediating role of perceived risk of partner infidelity. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 940-956.
  • Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., Holub, A., Holden, C. J., Mogilski, J. K., Lopes, G. S., Nicolas, S. C. A., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Welling L. L. M. (2018). Do men produce higher-quality ejaculates when primed with thoughts of partner infidelity? Evolutionary Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1474704918757551
  • Sela, Y., Pham, M. N., Mogilski, J. K., Lopes, G. S., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2018). Why do people disparage May-December romances? Condemnation of age-discrepant romantic relationships as strategic moralization. Personality and Individual Differences, 130, 6-10.
  • Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). Consideration of cosmetic surgery as part of women’s Benefit-Provisioning mate retention strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01389
  • Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). The Big Five personality dimensions and mate retention behaviors in Iran. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 286-290.
  • Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Coalitional Mate Retention Inventory (CMRI) and evidence for two superordinate domains. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000439
  • Fink, B., Wübker, M., Ostner, J., Butovskaya, M. L., Mezentseva, A., Muñoz-Reyes, J. A., Sela, Y., and Shackelford, T. K. (2017) Cross-Cultural Investigation of Male Gait Perception in Relation to Physical Strength and Speed. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01427
  • Lopes, G. S., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Jeffrey, A. J., Pham, M. N., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (in press). Endorsement of social and personal values predicts the desirability of men and women as long-term partners. Evolutionary Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1474704917742384
  • Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., Cataldo, Q., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Sex differences in performance frequency of online mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 82-85.
  • Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Endorsement of existence values predicts mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 184-186.
  • Pham, M. N., Barbaro, N., Noser, A. E., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., Weege, B., Fink, B. (2017). Dishonest individuals request more frequent mate retention from friends. Personal Relationships, 24, 102-113. doi: 10.1111/pere.12170
  • Sela, Y., Mogilski, J. K., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Fink, B. (2017). Mate value discrepancy and mate retention behaviors of self and partner. Journal of Personality, 85, 730-740.  doi: 10.1111/jopy.12281
  • Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Ehrke, A., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Development and initial psychometric assessment of the Childhood Religious Experiences with a Primary Caregiver Inventory. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 5-9.
  • Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Ehrke, A., & Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Individual Differences in Childhood Religious Experiences with Peers. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 73-77.
  • Pham, M. N., Jeffery, A. J., Sela, Y., Lynn, J. T., Trevino, S., Willockx, Z., Tratner A., Itchue, P., Shackelford, T. K., Fink, B., McDonald, M. M. (2016). Duration of cunnilingus predicts estimated ejaculate volume in humans: A content analysis of pornography. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2, 220-227.
  • Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Pham, M. N., & Euler, H. A. (2015). Do women perform fellatio as a mate retention behavior? Personality and Individual Differences, 73, 61-66.
  • Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., Pham, M. N., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2015). Women’s mate retention behaviors, personality traits, and fellatio. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 187-191.
  • Sela, Y., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., Shackelford, T. K., & Pham, M. N. (2015). Female copulatory orgasm and male partner’s attractiveness to his partner and other women. Personality and Individual Differences, 79, 152-156.

Book Chapters

  • Sela, Y., & Barbaro, N. (2017). Evolutionary perspectives on personality and individual differences. In V. Zeigler-Hill, and T.K. Shackelford, The SAGE handbook of personality and individual differences (pp. 1-29). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199397747.013.22
  • Sela, Y., & Barbaro, N. (2017). Selected to kill in his name: Evolutionary perspectives on religiously-motivated violence. In J. Liddle, and T.K. Shackelford, The Oxford handbook of evolutionary perspectives on religion. Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Liddle, J. R. (2016). A moral guide to depravity: Religiously-motivated violence and sexual selection. In T.K. Shackelford & R.D. Hansen (Eds.), The evolution of morality (pp. 197-216). New York: Springer.
  • Sela, Y., Pham, M. N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Do men and women perform oral sex as mate retention behavior? In T.K. Shackelford and R.D. Hansen (Eds.), The evolution of sexuality. (pp. 69-79). New York: Springer.
  • Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Liddle, J. R. (2015). When religion makes it worse: Religiously-motivated violence as a sexual selection weapon. In J. Slone & J. Van Slyke (Eds.), The attraction of religion (pp. 111-131). New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Sela, Y., & Brewer, G. Women pretending orgasm. (2018). In T.K. Shackelford and V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New-York: Springer.
  • Lopes, G. S., & Sela, Y. (2017). Human Genome Project. In V. Zeigler-Hill and T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New-York: Springer.
  • Sela, Y., & Pham, M. N. Oral sex and human sexual behavior. (2016). In T.K. Shackelford and V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New-York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3624-1
  • Sela, Y., & Pham, M. N. Oral sex as mate retention. (2016). In T.K. Shackelford and V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New-York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_143-1
  • Sela, Y. (2016). Mate retention. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_139-1
  • Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Evolution. In R. Cautin and S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (pp. 1-7). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Paper Presentations 

  • Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2018). Do religious people perform more mate retention behaviors? Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Otterbring, T., & Sela, Y. (2018, May). Sexy ads make hungry men financially impatient. European Marketing Academy Conference. Glasgow, UK.
  • Shackelford, T. K., Pham, M. N., Jeffery, A. J., Sela, Y., Lynn, J. T., Trevino, S., Willockx, Z., Fink, B., & McDonald, M. M. (2016). Duration of cunnilingus predicts estimated ejaculate volume in humans: A content analysis of pornography. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Sela, Y., Barbaro, N., Lopes, G. S., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., & McDonald, M. M. (2017). Satisfied mates provision benefits to loyal romantic partners: Roles of mate value, risk of infidelity, and personality. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference. Boise, ID.
  • Sela, Y., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., Shackelford, T. K., & Pham, M. N. (2015). Female copulatory orgasm and male partner’s attractiveness to his partner and other women. American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.
  • Sela, Y., Mogilski, J. K., & Shackelford, T. K. (2015). Mate retention discrepancy and mate value discrepancy in long-term relationships. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference. Columbia, MO.

Poster Presentations

  • Otterbring, T., & Sela, Y. (2020, April). Sexually arousing ads induce sex-specific financial decisions in hungry individuals. Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Otterbring, T., & Sela, Y. (2017, January). Sexy ads make mated men financially impatient. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Sela Y., Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2016, June). Perceived risk of infidelity, mate value, and mate retention in women. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K. (2016, May). Personality moderates the relationship between perceived risk of partner’s infidelity and women’s mate retention behaviors. 28th American Psychological Society Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.
  • Sela Y., Barbaro, N., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2016, April). Mate value of self and partner, perceived risk of infidelity, women’s personality, and mate retention. Evolution of Psychopathology Conference. Rochester, MI.
  • Tratner, A. Sela., Y., Ehrke, A. D., Lopes, G. S., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A. (2016, April). Development and initial psychometric assessment of the Childhood Religious Experiences Inventory – Peers Version. Evolution of Psychopathology Conference. Rochester, MI.

Dr. Stein’s Recent Publications & Presentations

Dr. Stein’s primary research interests include functions of the right hemisphere, asymmetry in decision making, belief updating and handedness. She is also interested in language processing and gender differences in memory. Her current research involves studying how brain differences (particularly differences in access to the right hemisphere) affect acceptance of BS.

  • Stein, J.M. (under review) Individual Differences in the Reception of Pseudo-profundity: Consistent-handers may be more susceptible to bullshit, Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain & Cognition.
  • Stein, J.M., Heinze, H & Altheide, N. (2019) Symposium: Improving retention strategies in undergraduate psychology programs. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Teaching Psychology, Chicago, IL.
  • Stein, J.M. & Miller, N.S. (2018) Individual Differences in Apology Acceptance & Forgiveness: The Influence of Handedness. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain & Cognition.
  • Stein, J.M. & Eidelsafy, A. (2017) Individual differences in handedness are associated with perceptions of pseudoprofundity. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.