Don Sacco

Assistant Professor

Nina Bell Suggs Endowed 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) how personality and motivation influence cognition and perception. 

Research Lab:

Courses Taught

  • Evolutionary Psychology (PSY 410)
  • Social Psychology (PSY 410)
  • Research Evaluation (PSY 661)
  • Advanced Social Psychology (PSY 750)

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

Brown, M., & Sacco, D. F. (in press). Greater need to belong predicts a stronger preference for extraverted faces. Personality and Individual Differences.

*Sacco, D. F., Bermond, A., & Young, S. G. (2016). Evidence for the lipstick effect at the level of automatic visual attention. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 10, 213-218.

*Sacco, D. F., Merold, S., Lui, J. H. L., Lustgraaf, C. N. J., & Barry, C. (2016). Social and emotional intelligence moderate the relationship between psychopathy traits and social perception. Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 95-104.

Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J. (2015). Belongingness and group valuation: Social inclusion leads individuals to devalue groups of perceived inferior quality. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 19, 211-224.

Sacco, D. F., Lustgraaf, C. N. J., Brown, M., & Young, S. G. (2015). Activation of self-protection threat increases women’s preferences for dominance in male faces. Human Ethology Bulletin, 4, 23-31.

Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., & Hugenberg, K. (2014). Balancing competing motives: Adaptive trade-offs are necessary to satisfy disease avoidance and interpersonal affiliation goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1611-1623.

*Sacco, D. F., & Ismail, M. (2014). Social belongingness satisfaction as a function of interaction medium: Face-to-face interactions facilitate greater social belonging and interaction enjoyment compared to instant messaging. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 359-364.