Gassen, J., Mengelkoch, S., Bradshaw, H. K., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Does the punishment fit the crime (and immune system)? A potential role for the immune system in regulating punishment sensitivity. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.


Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Ellis, B. J., Russell, E. M., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Low socioeconomic status and eating in the absence of hunger in children aged 3 - 14. Appetite, 154, 104755.

Bradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch S., & Hill, S. E. (2020). Hormonal contraceptive use predicts decreased perseverance and therefore performance on some simple and challenging cognitive tasks. Hormones and Behavior, 104652.


Russell, E. M., Bradshaw, H. K., Rosenbaum, M. S., Hill, S. E., & Russell-Bennett, R. (in press). Intrasexual female competition and female trust in gay male sales associates’ recommendations. Psychology and Marketing.

Mengelkoch, S. & Hill, S. E. (2019). Early life disadvantage, phenotypic programming, and health disparities. Current Opinion in Psychology, 32, 32-37.

Gassen, J. & Hill, S. E. (2019). Why inflammation and the activities of the immune system and inflammation matter for social and personality psychology (and not only for those who study health). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2019;13:e12471.


Gassen, J., Proffitt Leyva, R.P., Mengelkoch, S., White, J.D., Peterman, J.L., Prokosch, M.L., Bradshaw, H.K., Eimerbrink, M.J.,Cheek, D.J., Boehm, G.W., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Day length predicts investment in human immune function: Shorter days yield greater investment. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107, 141-147.

DelPriore, D. J., Shakiba, N., Schlomer, G. L., Hill, S. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2019). The effects of fathers on daughters' expectations of men. Developmental Psychology, 55(7), 1523-1536.

Prokosch, M. L., Gassen, J., Ackerman, J.,& Hill, S. E. (in press). Caution in the time of cholera: Pathogen threats decrease risk tolerance. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Bradshaw, H. K., Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Nicolas, S. C. A., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Costly female appearance-enhancement provides cues to short-term mating effort: The case of cosmetic surgery. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 48-55.

Gassen, J., Prokosch, M. L., Eimerbrink, M. J., Leyva, R. P. P., White, J. D., Peterman, J. L., Burgess, A., Cheek, D. J., Kretuzer, A., Nicolas, S. C., Boehm, G. W., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Inflammation predicts decision-making characterized by impulsivity, present focus, and an inability to delay gratification. Scientific Reports 9:9428. doi:

Gassen, J., Makhanova, A., Maner, J. K., Plant, E. A., Eckel, L. A., Nikonova, L., Prokosch, M. L., Boehm, G. W., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Experimentally-induced inflammation predicts present focus. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1-16. doi:

Gassen, J., Bradshaw, H. K., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Mating effort predicts human menstrual cycle frequency. Evolutionary Psychology, 1 - 10.  

Ma, H., Bradshaw, H. K., Janakiraman, N., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Spending as protection: The need for safety increases preferences for luxury products. Marketing Letters, 30(1), 45-56.

Gassen, J., Prokosch, M. P., ... & Hill, S. E. (2018). Behavioral immune system activity predicts down-regulation of chronic basal inflammation. PLoS ONE, 13(9), e0203961.

Kim, A., Bradshaw, H. K., Durante, K. D., & Hill, S. E. (2018). Life history, fertility, and short-term mating motives, Evolutionary Psychology, 1-10.

Proffitt Leyva, R. P. & Hill, S. E. (2018). Unpredictability, body awareness, and eating in the absence of hunger: A cognitive schemas approach. Health Psychology, 37, 691-699.

Ackerman, J., Hill, S. E., & Murray, D. (2018). The behavioral immune system: Current concerns and future directions. Social and Personality Psychology CompassDOI 10.1111/spc3.12371

DelPriore, D. J., Ellis, B. J., Proffitt Leyva, R. P. & Hill, S. E. (2018). The effects of paternal disengagement on women’s perceptions of male mating ntent. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 286-302.

DelPriore, D. J., Bradshaw, H. K.,& Hill, S. E. (2018). Appearance enhancement produces a strategic beautification penalty among women. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 12, 348-366.

Hill, S. E., Baskett, K., Bradshaw, H. K., Prokosch, M. L., DelPriore, D. J., & Rodeheffer, C. D. (2016). Tempting foods and the affordability axiom: Food cues change beliefs about the costs of healthy eating, Appetite, 107, 274-279.

Prokosch, M. L. & Hill, S.E. (2016).A method for manipulating blood glucose and measuring resulting changes in cognitive accessibility of target stimuli. Journal of Visualized Experiments.


Hill, S.E., Proffitt-Leyva, R. P., & DelPriore, D. J. (2016). Absent fathers and sexual strategies. The Psychologist, 29, 436-439.

Hill, S. E., Prokosch, M. L., DelPriore, D. J., Griskevicius, V. G., & Kramer, A. (2016). Growing up poor leads to eating in the absence of energy need, Psychological Science, 27, 354-364. 

Rodehffer, C. D., Proffitt-Leyva, R. P., & Hill, S.E., (2016). Attractive female romantic partners provide a proxy for unobservable male qualities: The when and why behind human female mate choice Copying. Evolutionary Psychology, April-June, 1-8.

Hill, S. E., Boehm, G. W., & Prokosch, M. L. (2016). Vulnerability to disease as a predictor of faster life history strategies, Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. 

Hill S. E., Prokosch, M. L., & DelPriore, D. J. (2015). The impact of perceived disease threat on women's desire for novel dating and sexual partners: Is variety the best medicine? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 244-261.

Hill S. E., Prokosch, M. L., Morin, A., & Rodeheffer, C. D. (2014). The effect of non-caloric sweeteners on cognition, choice, and post-consumptive satisfaction. Appetite, 83, 82-88.

Hill S. E., DelPriore, D. J., Rodeheffer, C., & Butterfield, M. (2014). The effect of ecological harshness on perceptions of the ideal female body size: An experimental life history approach. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 148-154.

DelPriore, D. J. & Hill S. E. (2013). The effects of paternal disengagement on women’s sexual decision making: An experimental approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 234-246.

Hill S. E., Rodeheffer, C., DelPriore, D. J., & Butterfield, M. (2013). Ecological contingencies in women’s calorie regulation psychology: A life history approach. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 888-897.

Russell, E. M., DelPriore, D. J, Butterfield, M. E. & Hill, S. E. (2013). Friends with benefits, but without the sex: Straight women and gay men exchange trustworthy mating advice. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 132-147.

Hill, S. E., & DelPriore, D. J. (2013). (Not) bringing up baby: The effect of jealousy on men’s and women’s parenting interest and investment expectations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 78-90.

Rodeheffer, C., Hill, S. E., & Lord, C. G. (2012). Does This recession make me look black? The effect of resource scarcity on the categorization of biracial faces. Psychological Science, 23, 1476-1478.

Hill S. E., Rodeheffer, C., Griskevicius, V., Durante, K. M., & White, A. (2012). Boosting beauty in an economic decline: Mating, spending, and the lipstick effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 275-291.

Butterfield, M. E., Hill, S.E., & Lord, C. G. (2012). Mangy mutt or furry friend? Anthropomorphism promotes animal welfare. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 957-960.

DelPriore, D. J., Hill, S. E., & Buss, D. M. (2012). Envy: Functional specificity and sex-differentiated design features. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 317-322.

Hill, S. E., DelPriore, D., & Vaughan, P (2011). The cognitive consequences of envy: Attention, memory, and self-regulatory depletion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 653-666.

Hill, S. E. & Durante, K. D. (2011). Courtship, competition, and the pursuit of attractiveness: Mating goals facilitate health-related risk taking and strategic risk suppression in women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 383-394.

Durante, K. M., Griskevicius, V., Hill, S. E., Perilloux, C., & Li, N. P. (2011). Ovulation, hormonal fluctuation, and product choice. Journal of Consumer Research, 37, 921-934.

Hill, S. E. & Buss, D. M. (2010). Risk and relative social rank: Relative position and risky shifts in probabilistic decision making. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 219-226.

Hill S. E. & Durante, K. M. (2009). Do women feel worse to look their best? Testing the relationship between self-esteem and fertility status across the menstrual cycle. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1592-1601.

Hill S. E. & Buss, D. M. (2008). The mere presence of opposite-sex others on judgments of sexual and romantic desirability: Opposite effects for men and women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 635-647. 

Hill, S. E. (2007). Overestimation bias in mate competition. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28, 118-123.

Hill, S. E. & Ryan, M. J. (2006). The role of female quality in the mate copying behavior of Sailfin Mollies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biology Letters, 2, 203-205.

Hill, S. E. & Reeve, H. K. (2005). Low fertility in humans as the evolutionary outcome of snowballing resource games. Behavioral Ecology, 16, 398-402.

Hill, S. E. & Reeve, H. K. (2004). Mating games: The evolution of human mating transactions. Behavioral Ecology, 15, 748-756.

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