Amanda Hahn (ERC Postdoc) Do oral contraceptives alter women's mate preferences?

My research focuses on the neurobiological basis of human behaviour. I am interested in the biological and cognitive factors that underpin social perceptions, motivated behavior and, in particular, the reward value of facial cues. I am particularly interested in how adults respond to infant facial characteristics. I started an Assistant Professorship at Humboldt State University in California, USA, in 2016.

I did my postdoctoral work in the Face Research Lab from 2012 to 2016 on Ben Jones' ERC-funded project investigating the effects of both endogenous and exogenous hormones on women's perceptions, behaviours, and appearance. As a PhD student at the University of St Andrews I worked in the Perception Lab, supervised by David Perrett. I completed my Master's Degree in experimental psychology at WWU, as a member of the Human Cognition and Neural Dynamics Lab. As an undergraduate, I studied Biology and Psychology at the University of California, Irvine.

Email: amanda.hahn@humboldt.edu

Scientific Journal Articles

    In Press

  1. M Kandrik, AC Hahn, C Han, J Wincenciak, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (in press). Does the interaction between cortisol and testosterone predict menís facial attractiveness? Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology . [abstract»»]
  2. 2017

  3. C Han, M Kandrik, AC Hahn, C Fisher, DR Feinberg, IJ Holzleitner, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2017). Interrelationships among menís threat potential, facial dominance, and vocal dominance. Evolutionary Psychology, 15(1): 1-4. doi: 10.1177/1474704917697332 [abstract»»]
  4. M Kandrik, AC Hahn, C Fisher, J Wincenciak, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2017). Are physiological and behavioral immune responses negatively correlated? Evidence from hormone-linked differences in men's face preferences. Hormones and Behavior, 87: 57-61. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.10.021 [abstract»»]
  5. 2016

  6. LM DeBruine, AC Hahn & BC Jones (2016). Perceiving infant faces. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7: 87-91. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.08.010 [abstract»»]
  7. C Fisher, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Is womenís sociosexual orientation related to their physical attractiveness? Personality and Individual Differences, 101: 396-399. doi: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.022 [abstract»»]
  8. AC Hahn, C Fisher, KD Cobey, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). A longitudinal analysis of womenís salivary testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 64: 117-122. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.11.014 [abstract»»]
  9. AC Hahn, LA Symons, T Kredel, K Hanson, L Hodgson, L Schiavone & KJ Jantzen (2016). Early and late event related potentials are modulated by infant and adult faces of high and low attractiveness. Social Neuroscience, 11: 207-220. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2015.1059361 [abstract»»]
  10. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Sex-specificity in the reward value of facial attractiveness. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(4): 871-875. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0509-1 [abstract»»]
  11. C Han, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Womenís facial attractiveness is related to their body mass index, but not their salivary cortisol. American Journal of Human Biology, 28: 352-355. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22792 [abstract»»]
  12. M Kandrik, AC Hahn, J Wincenciak, C Fisher, K Pisanski, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Are Menís Perceptions of Sexually Dimorphic Vocal Characteristics Related to Their Testosterone Levels? PLoS One, 11(11): . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166855 [abstract»»]
  13. H Wang, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Do partnered women discriminate men's faces less along the attractiveness dimension? Personality and Individual Differences, 98: 153-156. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.024 [abstract»»]
  14. H Wang, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). The Motivational Salience of Faces Is Related to Both Their Valence and Dominance. PLoS One . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161114 [abstract»»]
  15. 2015

  16. AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Reported maternal tendencies predict the reward value of infant facial cuteness, but not cuteness detection. Biology Letters, 11: . doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0978 [abstract»»]
  17. AC Hahn, LM DeBruine, C Fisher & BC Jones (2015). The reward value of infant facial cuteness tracks within-subject changes in womenís salivary testosterone. Hormones and Behavior, 67: 54-59. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.11.010 [abstract»»]
  18. BC Jones, AC Hahn, C Fisher, J Wincenciak, M Kandrik, SC Roberts, AC Little & LM DeBruine (2015). Facial coloration tracks changes in womenís estradiol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 56: 29-39. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.02.021 [abstract»»]
  19. J Wincenciak, CL Fincher, C Fisher, AC Hahn, BC Jones & LM DeBruine (2015). Mate choice, mate preference, and biological markets: The relationship between partner choice and health preference is modulated by womenís own attractiveness. , 36(4): 274-278. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.12.004 [abstract»»]
  20. K Wolffhechel, AC Hahn, H Jarmer, C Fisher, BC Jones & LM DeBruine (2015). Testing the utility of a data-driven approach for assessing BMI from face images. PLoS One, 10: . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140347 [abstract»»]
  21. 2014

  22. C Fisher, CL Fincher, AC Hahn, AC Little, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Do assortative preferences contribute to assortative mating for adiposity? British Journal of Psychology, 105: 474-485. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12055 [abstract»»]
  23. C Fisher, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Integrating shape cues of adiposity and color information when judging facial health and attractiveness. Perception, 43(6): 499-508. doi: 10.1068/p7728 [abstract»»]
  24. AC Hahn & DI Perrett (2014). Neural and Behavioral Responses to Attractiveness in Adult and Infant Faces. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 46: 591-603. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.08.015 [abstract»»]
  25. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Sex ratio influences the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. Biology Letters, 10: 201401. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0148 [abstract»»]
  26. K Pisanski, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine, DR Feinberg & BC Jones (2014). Changes in salivary estradiol predict changes in womenís preferences for vocal masculinity. Hormones and Behavior, 66(3): 493-497. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.07.006 [abstract»»]
  27. JS Torrance, J Wincenciak, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). The relative contributions of facial shape and surface information to perceptions of attractiveness and dominance. PLoS One, 9(10): 104451. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104415 [abstract»»]
  28. H Wang, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Women's hormone levels modulate the motivational salience of facial attractiveness and sexual dimorphism. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 50: 246-251. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.08.022 [abstract»»]
  29. 2013

  30. C Fisher, CL Fincher, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2013). Individual differences in pathogen disgust predict menís, but not womenís, preferences for facial cues of weight. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(7): 860-863. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.07.015 [abstract»»]
  31. AC Hahn, DK Xiao, RH Sprengelmeyer & DI Perrett (2013). Gender differences in the incentive salience of adult and infant faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(1): 200-208. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2012.705860 [abstract»»]
  32. RH Sprengelmeyer, JK Lewis, AC Hahn & DI Perrett (2013). Aesthetic and incentive salience of cute infant faces: studies of observer sex, oral contraception and menstrual cycle. PLoS One, 8(5): . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065844
  33. 2012

  34. AC Hahn, RD Whitehead, M Albrecht, CE Lefevre & DI Perrett (2012). Hot or not? Thermal reactions to social contact. Biology Letters, 8(5): 864-867. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0338
  35. AC Hahn, KJ Jantzen & LA Symons (2012). Thatcherization impacts the processing of own-race faces more so than other-race faces: an ERP study. Social Neuroscience, 7(2): 113-125. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2011.583080 [abstract»»]

Book Chapters

    2014

  1. KD Cobey & AC Hahn (2014). The Endocrinology of Female Competition. in Maryanne Fisher (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition, Oxford University Press: Oxford [abstract»»]

Conference Presentations

    2016

  1. V Fasolt, AC Hahn, A Lee, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Context-Contingent effects of facial cues on leadership judgments generalise to samples including diverse ages. in .. [abstract»»]
  2. 2015

  3. AC Hahn (2015). Facial coloration tracks changes in womenís hormone levels. Adapted Mind, Adapted Body: the Evolution of Human Behavior and its Neuroendocrine Regulation in Erice, Sicily. June 2015.
  4. AC Hahn (2015). Hormonal regulation of responses to infant cuteness. Scottish Neuroscience Group in Glasgow, Scotland. January 2015.
  5. AC Hahn, C Fisher, M Kandrik, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Womenís, but not menís, testosterone modulates the reward value of infant cuteness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  6. BC Jones, AC Hahn, C Fisher, KD Cobey & LM DeBruine (2015). A longitudinal analysis of womenís salivary testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  7. M Kandrik, AC Hahn, J Wincenciak, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Emotional expression modulates the effect of stimulus sex on face reward value. 5th International Society for Human Ethology Summer Institute in Athens. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  8. M Kandrik, AC Hahn, J Wincenciak, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Menís testosterone and cortisol predict their preferences for healthy color cues in faces. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  9. 2014

  10. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Womenís testosterone upregulates the reward value of infant cuteness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Natal, Brazil. July 2014. [abstract»»]
  11. 2013

  12. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine, RH Sprengelmeyer, DI Perrett & BC Jones (2013). Oral contraceptive use and the motivational salience of infant cuteness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Miami, Florida, USA. July 2013. [abstract»»]
  13. 2011

  14. AC Hahn, RD Whitehead & DI Perrett (2011). Hot or not? Measuring thermal reactions to social interactions. International Society for Human Ethology in . July 2011.
  15. AC Hahn, RD Whitehead & DI Perrett (2011). Measuring thermal reactions to interpersonal interactions. Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group in University of Abertay, Dundee. May 2011.
  16. AC Hahn, RH Sprengelmeyer & DI Perrett (2011). The incentive salience of facial beauty: Impact of face type and own perceived attractiveness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France. June 2011.

Posters

    2016

  1. V Fasolt, AC Hahn, A Lee, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Context-Contingent effects of facial cues on leadership judgments generalise to samples including diverse ages. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Vancouver, Canada. June 2016. [abstract»»]
  2. V Fasolt, AC Hahn, A Lee, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Context-Contingent effects of facial cues on leadership judgments generalise to samples including diverse ages. International Society for Human Ethology in . July 2011. [abstract»»]
  3. C Han, M Kandrik, AC Hahn, C Fisher, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Interrelationships among menís threat potential, facial dominance, and vocal dominance. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Vancouver, Canada. June 2016. [abstract»»]
  4. H Wang, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2016). Do partnered women discriminate menís faces less along the attractiveness dimension? Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Vancouver, Canada. June 2016. [abstract»»]
  5. 2015

  6. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Sex ratio influences the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. 5th International Society for Human Ethology Summer Institute in Athens. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  7. AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). The reward value of infant facial cuteness tracks within-subject changes in womenís salivary testosterone. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Helsinki. March 2015.
  8. C Han, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). The effects of simulated weight change on perceptions of facial attractiveness and health. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  9. (2.5 MB) M Kandrik, AC Hahn, J Wincenciak, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Emotional expression modulates the effect of stimulus sex on the reward value of faces. in .. [abstract»»]
  10. (2.5 MB) M Kandrik, AC Hahn, J Wincenciak, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). Emotional expression modulates the effect of stimulus sex on the reward value of faces. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Helsinki. March 2015. [abstract»»]
  11. H Wang, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2015). The factor structure of traits predicting the memorability of face photographs. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  12. 2014

  13. (694 kB) C Fisher, CL Fincher, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Individual differences in pathogen disgust predict menís, but not womenís, preferences for facial cues of adiposity. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]
  14. (215 kB) AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Individual differences in the motivational salience of infant facial cuteness. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]
  15. (174 kB) JS Torrance, J Wincenciak, AC Hahn, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). The relative contribution of facial shape and surface information to dominance perceptions. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]
  16. (686 kB) H Wang, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Hormonal modulation of the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]
  17. (778 kB) H Wang, AC Hahn, C Fisher, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2014). Sex hormones modulate the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Natal, Brazil. July 2014. [abstract»»]
  18. (287 kB) J Wincenciak, CL Fincher, C Fisher, AC Hahn, BC Jones & LM DeBruine (2014). Own attractiveness moderates the relationship between face preference and mate choice. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Bristol, UK. April 2014. [abstract»»]
  19. 2013

  20. (395 kB) AC Hahn, CE Lefevre & DI Perrett (2013). What does sexual arousal look like? Temperature and color changes in the face. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Amsterdam, Netherlands. March 2013. [abstract»»]
  21. 2012

  22. AC Hahn, RH Sprengelmeyer, DI Perrett, LA Symons & KJ Jantzen (2012). Gender differences in brain responses to infant cuteness. Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence in Dundee. May 2012.
  23. AC Hahn & DI Perrett (2012). Iím better looking than that! Own perceived attractiveness affects motivation to view faces. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Durham, UK. March 2012.
  24. 2011

  25. AC Hahn, RH Sprengelmeyer & DI Perrett (2011). Motivational salience of reproductively relevant face classes. Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group in University of Abertay, Dundee. May 2011.
  26. 2010

  27. AC Hahn, JK Lewis, DK Xiao & DI Perrett (2010). Impact of attractiveness on the motivation to view faces. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon. June 2010.
  28. LA Symons, AC Hahn & KJ Jantzen (2010). Race-modulated N170 response to the Thatcher Illusion: Evidence for the expertise theory or the other race effect. Vision Sciences Society in Naples, FL. May 2010.
  29. 2008

  30. AC Hahn & LA Symons (2008). Seeing in the dark: Does level of illumination give us a sense of eyelid position? Western Psychological Association in Irvine, CA. April 2008.
  31. AC Hahn & MG Jantzen (2008). The effect of phonemic mergers on perceptual discrimination. Western Psychological Association in Irvine, CA. April 2008.

Invited Talks

    2015

  1. AC Hahn (2015). Hormone-mediated responses to faces. City University of New York in Brooklyn.. [abstract»»]
  2. 2013

  3. AC Hahn (2013). The motivational salience of facial attractiveness. University of Stirling School of Psychology in Stirling, UK..
  4. 2011

  5. DI Perrett & AC Hahn (2011). Seeing and being motivated by facial attractiveness. Scottish Psychology and Evolution Research Network in Stirling. February 2011.
  6. 2010

  7. AC Hahn (2010). "Can't take my eyes off of you": Gender differences in motivation to view attractive faces. PsychFest in Bellingham, WA (Western Washington University). June 2010.

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