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

    Preprint

  1. Han C, Wang H, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Kandrik M, Fasolt V, Morrison DK, Lee A, Holzleitner IJ, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (preprint). Cultural differences in preferences for facial coloration. PsyArXiv . doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/8ZAE5 [abstract»»]
  2. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M & DeBruine LM (preprint). General sexual desire, but not desire for uncommitted sexual relationships, tracks changes in women's hormonal status. BioRχiv . doi: 10.1101/155788 [abstract»»]
  3. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M, Tybur JM & DeBruine LM (preprint). Hormonal correlates of pathogen disgust: Testing the Compensatory Prophylaxis Hypothesis. BioRχiv . doi: 10.1101/156430 [abstract»»]
  4. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M, Han C, Lee A, Holzleitner IJ & DeBruine LM (preprint). Within-Woman Hormone-Attractiveness Correlations Are Not Simply Byproducts Of Between-Women Hormone-Attractiveness Correlations. BioRχiv . doi: 10.1101/136515 [abstract»»]
  5. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M, Han C, Fasolt V, Morrison DK, Lee A, Holzleitner IJ, Roberts SC, Little AC & DeBruine LM (preprint). Women's Preferences For Facial Masculinity Are Not Related To Their Hormonal Status. BioRχiv . doi: 10.1101/136549 [abstract»»]
  6. Morrison DK, Wang H, Hahn AC, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (preprint). Predicting the reward value of faces and bodies from social perceptions. PsyArXiv . doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/SDZGB [abstract»»]
  7. 2017

  8. Han C, Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Feinberg DR, Holzleitner IJ, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2017). Interrelationships among menís threat potential, facial dominance, and vocal dominance. Evolutionary Psychology, 15(1): 1-4. doi: 10.1177/1474704917697332 [abstract»»]
  9. Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wincenciak J, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  10. Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Han C, Wincenciak J, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2017). Does the interaction between cortisol and testosterone predict menís facial attractiveness? Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 1-7. doi: 10.1007/s40750-017-0064-1 [abstract»»]
  11. 2016

  12. DeBruine LM, Hahn AC & Jones BC (2016). Perceiving infant faces. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7: 87-91. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.08.010 [abstract»»]
  13. Fisher C, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  14. Hahn AC, Fisher C, Cobey KD, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2016). A longitudinal analysis of womenís salivary testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 64: 117-122. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.11.014 [abstract»»]
  15. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  16. Han C, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  17. Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Wincenciak J, Fisher C, Pisanski K, Feinberg DR, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  18. Wang H, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  19. Wang H, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2016). The Motivational Salience of Faces Is Related to Both Their Valence and Dominance. PLoS One . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161114 [abstract»»]
  20. 2015

  21. Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  22. Hahn AC, DeBruine LM, Fisher C & Jones BC (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»»]
  23. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wincenciak J, Kandrik M, Roberts SC, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2015). Facial coloration tracks changes in womenís estradiol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 56: 29-39. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.02.021 [abstract»»]
  24. Wincenciak J, Fincher CL, Fisher C, Hahn AC, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (2015). Mate choice, mate preference, and biological markets: The relationship between partner choice and health preference is modulated by womenís own attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(4): 274-278. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.12.004 [abstract»»]
  25. Wolffhechel K, Hahn AC, Jarmer H, Fisher C, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (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»»]
  26. 2014

  27. Fisher C, Fincher CL, Hahn AC, Little AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). Do assortative preferences contribute to assortative mating for adiposity? British Journal of Psychology, 105: 474-485. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12055 [abstract»»]
  28. Fisher C, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  29. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). Sex ratio influences the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. Biology Letters, 10: 201401. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0148 [abstract»»]
  30. Pisanski K, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM, Feinberg DR & Jones BC (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»»]
  31. Torrance JS, Wincenciak J, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  32. Wang H, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  33. 2013

  34. Fisher C, Fincher CL, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  35. 2012

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

Conference Presentations

    2017

  1. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Kandrik M, Wang H, Han C & DeBruine LM (2017). What does women's facial attractiveness cue? in "Signals in Evolutionary and Ecological Context" (Invited Podium Symposium). American Association of Physical Anthropologists in New Orleans, LA, USA. April 2017. [abstract»»]
  2. 2016

  3. Fasolt V, Hahn AC, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2016). Context-Contingent effects of facial cues on leadership judgments generalise to samples including diverse ages. in .. [abstract»»]
  4. Holzleitner IJ, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Lee A, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (2016). Hormone levels predict womenís response to self-resembling faces. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Vancouver, Canada. June 2016.
  5. 2015

  6. Hahn AC (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.
  7. Hahn AC (2015). Hormonal regulation of responses to infant cuteness. Scottish Neuroscience Group in Glasgow, Scotland. January 2015.
  8. Hahn AC, Fisher C, Kandrik M, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  9. Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Cobey KD & DeBruine LM (2015). A longitudinal analysis of womenís salivary testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Columbia, Missouri, USA. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  10. Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Wincenciak J, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  11. Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Wincenciak J, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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»»]
  12. 2014

  13. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). Womenís testosterone upregulates the reward value of infant cuteness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Natal, Brazil. July 2014. [abstract»»]
  14. 2013

  15. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM, Sprengelmeyer RH, Perrett DI & Jones BC (2013). Oral contraceptive use and the motivational salience of infant cuteness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Miami, Florida, USA. July 2013. [abstract»»]
  16. 2011

  17. Hahn AC, Whitehead RD & Perrett DI (2011). Hot or not? Measuring thermal reactions to social interactions. International Society for Human Ethology in . July 2011.
  18. Hahn AC, Whitehead RD & Perrett DI (2011). Measuring thermal reactions to interpersonal interactions. Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group in University of Abertay, Dundee. May 2011.
  19. Hahn AC, Sprengelmeyer RH & Perrett DI (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. Fasolt V, Hahn AC, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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. Fasolt V, Hahn AC, Lee A, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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. Han C, Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Feinberg DR, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2016). Interrelationships among menís threat potential, facial dominance, and vocal dominance. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Vancouver, Canada. June 2016. [abstract»»]
  4. Wang H, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2015). Sex ratio influences the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. 5th International Society for Human Ethology Summer Institute in Athens. May 2015. [abstract»»]
  7. Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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. Han C, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Wincenciak J, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2015). Emotional expression modulates the effect of stimulus sex on the reward value of faces. in .. [abstract»»]
  10. (2.5 MB) Kandrik M, Hahn AC, Wincenciak J, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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. Wang H, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Fisher C, Fincher CL, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Torrance JS, Wincenciak J, Hahn AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Wang H, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (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) Wang H, Hahn AC, Fisher C, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2014). Sex hormones modulate the motivational salience of facial attractiveness. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Natal, Brazil. July 2014. [abstract»»]
  18. (287 kB) Wincenciak J, Fincher CL, Fisher C, Hahn AC, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (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) Hahn AC, Lefevre CE & Perrett DI (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. Hahn AC, Sprengelmeyer RH, Perrett DI, Symons LA & Jantzen KJ (2012). Gender differences in brain responses to infant cuteness. Scottish Imaging Network: A Platform for Scientific Excellence in Dundee. May 2012.
  23. Hahn AC & Perrett DI (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. Hahn AC, Sprengelmeyer RH & Perrett DI (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. Hahn AC, Lewis JK, Xiao DK & Perrett DI (2010). Impact of attractiveness on the motivation to view faces. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon. June 2010.
  28. Symons LA, Hahn AC & Jantzen KJ (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. Hahn AC & Symons LA (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. Hahn AC & Jantzen MG (2008). The effect of phonemic mergers on perceptual discrimination. Western Psychological Association in Irvine, CA. April 2008.

Invited Talks

    2015

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

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

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

  7. Hahn AC (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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