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Jennifer Sellers

Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology

 work(802) 443-2173
 Spring 2020: Mon 10-11:30am, Fri 10:30am-12pm or by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 288

Jennifer Guinn Sellers is a Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College.  She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Her research investigates the predictive power of testosterone in human status seeking and leadership.  Her current research investigates how testosterone interacts with gender and other indicators of social status to influence behavior and the stress response.



Course List: 

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PSYC 0105 - Introduction To Psychology      

Introduction to Psychology
This course will provide a general introduction to the field of psychology. The most central and important theories, concepts, findings, controversies, and applications in the following areas will be considered: biological bases of behavior, learning, perception, thinking, development, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior. (Open to Juniors and Seniors by waiver only) 3 hrs lect./1 hr. disc. SOC

Fall 2019

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PSYC 0204 - Personality Psychology      

Personality Psychology
This course provides an overview of personality psychology. Several central theories of personality, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, trait, behavioristic, and social learning, will be discussed. The course will also emphasize the connection between personality theory and personality research. (PSYC 0105, open to seniors by waiver only) 3 hrs. lect. SOC

Spring 2020

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PSYC 0321 - The Psychology of Inequality      

The Psychology of Inequality
Through the reading and discussion of primary literature, students will examine the role that implicit and explicit stereotypes play in both creating and justifying social groups’ positions within society. Students will also study how psychological processes associated with stigma can serve to reinforce existing social inequality. Throughout the semester, students will work in groups to apply their understanding of this material to the issues raised by “Black Lives Matter” and inequities in educational performance and attainment. Students will collaboratively develop research—informed solutions to these large, societal problems. (PSYC 0105; open to psychology majors; others by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. SOC

Spring 2020

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PSYC 0350 - Directed Research      

Directed Research in Psychology
Directed research provides opportunities for advanced students to become familiar with and participate in ongoing research projects under the direction of a faculty member. The student will first read background literature on the content area to be investigated and experimental methodologies to be used. Procedures involved in conducting psychological research will then be learned through firsthand experience. Potential activities include the design of research and the defining of conceptual variables and the gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data. Finally, students will learn how to write technical articles in psychology by preparing a paper describing the project, using APA style. (Approval required; not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020

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Representative Publications

Caswell, T.A., Bosson, J.K., Vandello, J.A., & Sellers, J.G. (accepted for publication pending revision).  Testosterone and men’s response to gender threats.  Journal of Men and Masculinity.

Sellers, J. G., Mehl, M., & Josephs, R. A.  (2007).  Hormones & personality: Testosterone as a marker of individual differences. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 126-138.

Sellers, J.G., Woolsey, M. D., & Swann, W. B. Jr.  (2007).  Is silence more golden for women?  Observers derogate effusive women and their non-effusive partners.  Sex Roles, 57, 477-482.

Josephs, R. A., Sellers, J. G., Newman, M. L., & Mehta, P.  (2006). The mismatch effect: When testosterone and status are at odds.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 999-1013.

Newman, M. L., Sellers, J. G.  & Josephs, R. A. (2005).  Testosterone, cognition & social status.  Hormones & Behavior, 47, 205-211.

Josephs, R.A., Guinn, J. S., Harper, M. L., & Askari, F. (2001).  Liquorice consumption and salivary testosterone concentrations.  The Lancet, 358, 1613-1614.

Recent Conference Presentations with Student Co-Authors

Sellers, J.G. & Cerezo, E. (2011, May).  The roles of testosterone and estradiol on dominant and affiliative behavior.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.  Washington, D.C.

Sellers, J.G. & Clark, N. (2010, May).  Testosterone, not estradiol, predicts female competitive behavior.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.  Boston, MA.

Cerezo, E. (Faculty Sponsor: Sellers, J.G.) (2012, March). The testing effect and cortisol.  Presented at the Vermont Genetics Network Undergraduate Career Day, Burlington, VT.

Cerezo, E., & Wallace, E., (Faculty Sponsor: Sellers, J. G.) (2011, April).  Resource Use in View of Threatened Scarcity.  Presented at the meeting of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Ithaca, NY.

Danilowicz, M., & Hollis, R., (Faculty Sponsor: Sellers, J. G.) (2011, April).  Priming Stereotypes: Social Dominance Orientation and Intergroup Conflict.  Presented at the meeting of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Ithaca, NY.

Melendy, C., Dhakal, P. & Vigil, E., (Faculty Sponsor: Sellers, J. G.) (2011, April).  More or less choice?  An examination of stress during crisis situations.  Presented at the meeting of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Ithaca, NY.

Department of Psychology

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