Dr. DeSoto's Biological Psychology Lab

Psychology Building room 434.

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2007/08 Lab Group

Jennifer Huertz  
Amanda Bakeris  
Meghan Gillett  
Chelsea Adamus  




American Psychological Society   The 17th Annual APS Conference 2005.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society    The HBES 2003 meeting was held at the University of Texas 2005. 

UNI Undergraduate Research Conference  

Society for Personality and Social Psychology The 2004 SPSP Conference was held in Austin, TX

   Research Projects  

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The biopscyhology lab at UNI  investigates how the brain and biological processes influence the development of psychopathology, personality, and higher level cognitive processes. In terms of theory, we are interested in understanding how  these topics can be explained from an evolutionary perspective. Of special interest is exploring the links between hormone levels and traits that have been shown to differ across males and females. Specific projects include: evolutionary theory and predicting female attractiveness; evolutionary psychology and human jealousy; the degree of estrogen fluctuation as an independent difference variable relevant to behavior; personality assessment and biological influences on reliability; eating disturbance, body image and their potential relationship to hormonal changes; and exogenous estrogens and reading people's intent/ implications for theory of mind.



    UNI Biopsych lab in the news    

August 16-- SCIENCE magazine conducts an interview and publishes a review of Dr. DeSoto's research on BPD

AtMIZZOU interviews Dr. DeSoto and publishes a story in the January, 2003 publication.

January 13, 2003: First for Women magazine writes a story on hormonal influences on behavior including quotes from an interview with Dr. DeSoto.

Dr. DeSoto's research has also received press coverage from EducationNet and the Associated Press.

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An excellent source for BPD information including the UNI Biopsych lab's research findings.

A new website that is reporting on the links between hormones and BPD: http://www.aapel.org/bdp/BLpmsUS.html





Journal Ranks  (click here)      

The listings are from  ISI's 1998 journal citation reports. The top 10 journals for eight different psychology sub-disciplines are included. 

Impact factor is calculated by ISI and reflects the average number of times a journal's articles are cited by other researchers divided by the number of articles the journal publishes.  Thus, an impact of 1 means that a journal's articles are cited about once, on average. Most  journals have an impact factor well below 1.  Journals with higher impact are generally harder to get published in, but more likely to impact the field of psychology.

 **Note-- not being on this list does not mean a journal is not good, the top 10 represent about 2% of all journals.