Donald Sacco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

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.

Sacco, D. F., & Hugenberg, K., Kiel, E. J. (in press). Facial attractiveness and helping behavior beliefs: Both attractive and unattractive targets are believed to be unhelpful relative to moderately attractiveness targets. Social Psychology.

Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., & Hugenberg, K. (in press). Reactions to social inclusion and exclusion as a function of perceived ingroup similarity. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Sacco, D. F., & Young, S. G. (in press). Facial emotion processing and brain activation: Evidence for domain-specific processing. In A. Freitas-Magalhaes (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face (Vol. 5).

Bernstein, M. J., Claypool, H. M., Young, S. G., Tuscherer, T., Sacco, D. F., & Brown, C. M. (2013). Never let them see you cry: Self-presentation as a moderator of the relationship between exclusion and implicit and explicit self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Sacco, D. F., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). The roles of sociosexual orientation and relationship status in women’s face preferences. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 1044-1047.

Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). Social exclusion and female mating behavior: Rejected women show strategic enhancement of short-term mating interest. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 573-587.

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.

Sacco, D. F., & Osipowicz, K. (2012). Life history theory and social psychology: Comment on Chester et al. (2012). Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, 4, 13.

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.

Sacco, D. F., & Hugenberg, K. (2011). Fear expressions: Function and form. In A. D. Gervaise (Ed.), Psychology of fear: New research (pp. 69-82). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

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.

Hugenberg, K., Young, S. G., Sacco, D. F., & Bernstein, M. J. (2011). Social categorization influences face perception and face memory. In A. J. Calder, G. Rhodes, M. H. Johnson, & J. V. Haxby (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of face perception (pp. 245-261). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wirth, J. H., Sacco, D. F., Hugenberg, K., & Williams, K. D. (2010). Eye gaze as relational evaluation: Averted eye gaze leads to feelings of ostracism and relational devaluation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 869-882.

*Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K., & Cook, E. (2010). Being ‘in’ with the in-crowd: The effects of social exclusion and inclusion are enhanced by the perceived essentialism of the ingroup and outgroup. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 999-1009.

Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., & Sacco, D. F. (2010). The Categorization-Individuation Model: An integrative account of the cross race recognition deficit. Psychological Review, 1168-1187.

Sacco, D. F. & Bernstein, M. J. (2010). A video introduction to psychology: Using technology to facilitate interest and participation in psychology research. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 28-31.

Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., & Claypool, H. M. (2010). A preference for genuine smiles following social exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 196-199.

*Hugenberg, K., Blusiewicz, R. L., & Sacco, D. F. (2010). Subtyping and automatic stereotypes: Mental imagery changes stereotypes at the level of subtype. Social Psychology, 41, 124-130.

Sacco, D. F., & Hugenberg, K. (2009). The look of fear and anger: Facial maturity modulates recognition of fearful and angry expressions. Emotion, 9, 39-49.

Sacco, D. F., Hugenberg, K., & Sefcek, J. A. (2009). Sociosexuality and social perception: Unrestricted sexual orientation facilitates sensitivity to female facial cues. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 777-782.

Young, S. G., Hugenberg, K., Bernstein, M. J., & Sacco, D. F. (2009). The mere presence of cross race faces debilitates same race recognition. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 1123-1126.

Pettijohn, T. F. II., & Sacco, D. F. (2009). Tough times, meaningful music, mature performers: Popular Billboard songs and performer preferences across social and economic conditions in the USA. Psychology of Music, 37, 155-179.

Pettijohn, T. F. II, & Sacco, D. F. (2009). The language of lyrics: An analysis of popular Billboard songs across conditions of social and economic threat. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 28, 297-311.

Pettijohn, T. F. II, Sacco, D. F., & Yerkes, M. J. (2009). Hungry people prefer more mature mates: A field test of the Environmental Security Hypothesis. The Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 3, 216-232.

Sefcek, J. A., & Sacco, D. F. (2009). Human sexual dimorphism, fitness display, and ovulatory cycle effects. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(3-4), 288-289.

Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2009). Social acceptance increases interest in mating. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 11-27.

Hugenberg, K., & Sacco, D. F. (2008). Social categorization and stereotyping: How social categorization biases person perception and face memory. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/2, 1052-72.

Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Sacco, D. F., & Claypool, H. M. (2008). Adaptive responses to social exclusion: Social rejection improves recognition of real and fake smiles. Psychological Science, 19, 981-983.

Pettijohn, T. F. II, Pettijohn, T. F., & Sacco, D. F. (2005). A locus of control measure as a teaching demonstration. Psychological Reports, 97, 666.