Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology
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.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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PSYC 0203 - Social Psychology
Social psychology is the study of how social situations affect the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals. This course will provide an overview of social psychological theory and research findings, as well as reviewing the ways in which these findings are applied to the study of issues such as aggression, close relationships, prejudice, and altruism. Students will also learn about the research methods that social psychologists use to test their theories. (PSYC 0105; open to seniors by waiver only) 3 hrs. lect.
Fall 2012, Spring 2013
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. This course does NOT fulfill the 0300-level required elective. (Approval required; not open to first-year students) 3 hrs. lect.
Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
PSYC 0500 - Advanced Research ▹
A program of research arranged to meet the needs of advanced students majoring in psychology. (Approval required)
Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
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.