Research Publications

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”
Theodosius Dobzhansky

Journal Publications

Mengelkoch, S., Gasssen, J., Slavich, G. M., & Hill, S. E.** (2024). Hormonal contraceptive use is associated with differences in women’s inflammatory and psychological reactivity to an acute social stressor. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
Shanmugam, D., Espinosa, M., Gassen, J., van Lamsweerde , E., Pearson, J. T., Behar, E., & Hill, S. E.** (2023). A multi-site study of the relationship between photoperiod and ovulation rate using Natural Cycles data. Scientific Reports, 13, 8379.
Mengelkoch, S., Espinosa, M., Butler, S. A., Joigneau Prieto, L., Russell, E., Ramshaw, C., Nahavandi, S., & Hill, S. E.** (2023). Tuuned In: Use of an Online Decision Aid Increases Women’s Reproductive Self-Efficacy and Knowledge; Results of an Experimental Clinical Trial. Manuscript submitted to BMC Digital Health.
Hill, S. E. & Mengelkoch, S. (2023). Moving beyond the mean: Promising research pathways to support a precision medicine approach to hormonal contraception. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 68, 10142.
Bradshaw, H. K., Krems, J. A., & Hill. S. E.** (2023). Resource availability differentially influences women’s perceptions of same- (versus cross-) sex others’ competitiveness. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 17(3), 285–306.
Cunningham, K. & Hill, S. E.** (2023). The Impact of Hormonal Contraceptives on Women’s Sexual and Mating Psychology. In D. Buss (Ed.), The Handbook of Human Mating. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 756-C32.
Mengelkoch, S., Gasssen, J., Prokosch, M. L.., Boehm, G. W., & Hill, S. E.** (2022). More than just a pretty face? The links between facial attractiveness and multiple facets of immune function. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 289 (1969), 20212476.
Cunningham, K. R., Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., & Hill, S.E.** (2022). Early Life Adversity, Inflammation, and Immune Function: An initial test of adaptive response models of immunological programming. Development and Psychopathology, 34(2), 539-555. doi: 10.1017/S095457942100170X.
Bradshaw, H. K., Gassen, J., Prokosch, M. L., Boehm, G. W. & Hill. S. E.** (2022). Pathogen Avoidance Motivation Varies as a Function of Control over Pathogen Exposure and Basal Immunological Activity. Cognition and Emotion, 36(4), 568-580.
Bradshaw, H. K., Cunningham, K. R., & Hill, S. E.** (2022). Known by the company she keeps: Women’s friendship preferences influence interpersonal evaluations. Personality and Individual Differences, 185, 111301. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.1113.
Parker, G., Durante, K. M., Hill, S. E., & Haselton, M. G. (2022). Why Women Choose Divorce: An Evolutionary Perspective. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 300-306. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.07.020
Mengelkoch, S., Gassen, J., Corrigan, E., & Hill, S. E.** (2022). Exploring the Links between Personality and Immune Function. Personality and Individual Differences, 184, 111179. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111179.
Bradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch, S., Espinosa, M., Darrell, A., & Hill, S. E.** (2021). You Are What You (Are Willing To) Eat: Willingness to Try New Foods Impacts Perceptions of Sexual Unrestrictedness and Desirability. Personality and Individual Differences, 182, 111082. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111082
Gasssen, J., White, J., Peterman, J., Mengelkoch, S., Proffitt Leyva, R. P., Prokosch, M. L. Eimerbrink, M. J., Brice, K., Cheek, D., Boehm, G. W., & Hill, S. E.** (2021). Sex differences in the impact of childhood socioeconomic status on immune function. Scientific Reports 11, 9827 (2021).
DelPriore, D. J., Hill, S. E., Brener, S. A., & Ellis, B. J., (2020). Effects of Fathers on Adolescent Daughters’ Frequency of Substance Use and Risky Sexual Behavior. Journal of Research in Adolescence, 31, 153-169.
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.
Bradshaw, H. K., Rodeheffer, C. D. & Hill, S.E.** (in press). Scarcity, Sex, and Spending: Recession Cues Influence Men’s Desire for Luxury Products. Journal of Business Research.
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 Compass. DOI 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 intent. 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.
Lord, C. G., Holland, C. J., & Hill, S. E. (2018). Individual Differences in the Effects of Baby Images on Attitudes Toward Getting Married. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 106-110.
Gassen, J. & Hill, S. E.** (2018) Economic Conditions Cue Evolutionary Challenges: When a Recession is More Than Just a Recession. In A. Uskul & S. Oishi (Eds.) Socioeconomic Environment and Human Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 299-326.
Gassen, J., Bradshaw, H.K., Proffitt Leyva, R. P.,& Hill, S.E.** (2017). Predictability or controllability: Which matters more for the BCCD? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40.
Hill, S.E. & DelPriore, D. J. (2017). Une perspective évolutionniste du bonheur. Revue québécoise de psychologie, 38(1), 23-37.
Hill, S.E., Proffitt-Leyva, R. P.,& DelPriore, D. J. (2017). Food insecurity predicts human adiposity, except that it often doesn’t. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
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.
Prokosch, M. L. & Hill, S. E.**(2016). A method for manipulating blood glucose levels and measuringresulting changes in cognition, Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).
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. D., Hill, S. E.**, & Lord, C. (2013). Does this recession make me look black? The effects of resource availability on the racial categorization of racially ambiguous faces. The Jury Expert:
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.
Hill, S. E. (2012). Evolutionary social psychology: A function based approach to understanding social behavior. In X. T. Wang & Su, Y. J. (Eds.) Thus Spake Evolutionary Psychologists(进化心理学家如是说) (pp. 209-214). Peking University Press, Beijing, China.
Hill, S. E., DelPriore, D., & Major, B.(2012). An evolutionary psychological perspective on happiness. To appear In I. Boniwell & S. David (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Happiness (pp. 875-886). Oxford University Press: New York.
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.
Fisher, M., Goetz, A. T., Hill, S. E., Kruger, D. J., Michalski, R. L., Osipowicz, K., Platek, S. M., Salmon, C. (2009). Perpetual Selection Pressure: Evolutionary Psychology 150 Years After the Publication of Origin of Species. EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 1, 11-33.
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. (2008). Don’t judge a Handbook by its cover (or title). Sex Roles, 58, 883-885.
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. & Buss, D. M. (2006). Envy and Positional Bias in the Evolutionary Psychology of Management. Managerial and Decision Economics, 27, 131-143.
Hill S. E. & Buss, D. M. (2006). The Evolution of Self-Esteem. M. Kernis (Ed.) Self-esteem Issues and Answers: A Source Book of Current Perspectives (pp. 328-333). Psychology Press: New York.
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.