Don Sacco

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

I received my training in social psychology and I utilize both social cognitive and evolutionary psychological perspectives to understand human behavior.  My research interests fall into three major categories: 1) causes and consequences of social inclusion and exclusion, 2) face perception and nonverbal behavior, and 3) the role of motivation in cognition and perception. 

Courses Taught

Miami University

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
  • Research Methods (PSY 294)
  • Statistics (PSY 293)
  • Social Psychology (PSY 221)
  • Advanced Social Psychology: Evolutionary Social Psychology (PSY 324)

The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Social Psychology (PSY 450)

 

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

Sacco, D. F., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., & Hugenberg, K. (in press). The roles of sociosexual orientation and relationship status in women’s face preferences. Personality and Individual Differences.

Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (in press). Social exclusion and female mating behavior: Rejected women show strategic enhancement of short-term mating interest. Evolutionary Psychology.

Sacco, D. F., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). Cooperative and competitive motives enhance perceptual sensitivity to angry and happy facial expressions. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 382-395.

Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Sacco, D. F. (2012). Perception and motivation in face recognition: A critical review of theories of the Cross Race Effect. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 116-142.

Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., & Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2011). Social inclusion facilitates risky mating behavior in men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 985-998.

Sacco, D. F., Wirth, J. H., Hugenberg, K., Chen, Z, & Williams, K. D. (2011). From the outside looking in: Social exclusion enhances the categorical perception of social information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 836-842.

Young, S. G., Sacco, D. F., & Hugenberg, K. (2011). Vulnerability to disease is associated with a domain-specific preference for symmetrical faces relative to symmetrical non-face stimuli. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 558-563.

Invited Presentations

Sacco, D. F. (April 2012). The impact of social psychological factors on facial symmetry preferences. Colloquium given at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO.

Recent Conference Presentations

Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (May 2011). Social exclusion facilitates short-term mating interest in women. Paper presented at the 83rd Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, IL).

Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (May 2010). Social inclusion increases risky mating tactics in men. Paper presented at the 82nd Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, IL).