Our research focuses on patterns of response to sex steroids. We are interested in how we respond physiologically, anatomically, and behaviorally to sex hormones; and why we evolved these response patterns.
We especially want to understand the roles of sex hormones, such as testosterone and estradiol, in shaping human psychology. How does exposure to sex hormones during early development, puberty and adulthood affect how we think, feel and behave? We approach these questions by exploring normal variation in hormone signaling, and by studying endocrine disorders in which sex hormone signaling is affected.
We also want to understand the functions of human secondary sex characteristics and sexually differentiated psychological traits. Why do men have deeper voices and more robust faces, for example? Why do women tend to be better at remembering the location of objects, while men tend to perform better at mentally rotating objects? We address these questions by examining how well such traits perform alternative hypothetical functions.
If you would like more detailed information about some of our ongoing research projects, or are interested in participating, please see the research page or email us (address above).
May, 2015 - Lauramarie Pope receives her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Penn State.
October 29th, 2014 - John Wheatley receives a grant from the Penn State College of Liberal Arts to conduct his dissertation research in Vanuatu.
August, 2014 - Leslie Doll receives her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Penn State.
May 11th, 2014 - Alex Hill recieves his PhD in Anthropology from Penn State!
April 18th, 2014 - David Puts gives a talk entitled "The Evolution of Human Mating" at TEDxPSU.
July, 2014 - John Wheatley publishes first authored paper on women's faces and voices in Evolution and Human Behavior.
February, 2014 - Leslie Doll publishes first authored paper on men's faces and voices in Human Nature.
September, 2013 - Alex Hill publishes first authored paper on men's traits and sexual selection in Evolution and Human Behavior.
August 29th, 2013 - David Puts receives the 2013 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES).
August 27th, 2013 - David Puts, in collaboration with graduate student John Wheatley, receives $59,092 American Institute of Bisexuality grant to study the genetics of sexual orientation.
August 9th, 2013 - Alex Hill gives talk about current research findings at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research in Chicago, Illinois.
June 26th, 2013 - David Puts welcomes a new member to his family, Jonathan "Jack" Puts!
June 1st, 2013 - John Wheatley, Leslie Doll, and Lauramarie Pope present research results at the 2013 Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Conference.
May 9th, 2013 - David Puts granted tenure!
April 17th, 2013 - Jason Bundy chosen for an all-expenses-paid trip to present his master's research, "Total sexual selection on men's voices," at the Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2013 program, part of the Evolution 2013 meeting in Utah.
March 29th, 2013 - Leslie Doll receives the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program award.
December 12th, 2013 - Leslie Doll receives the Kinsey Institute Student Research Grant.