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David Puts

David Puts

Associate Professor of Anthropology

218 Carpenter Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-0453

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B.A., Kenyon College, 1995
  2. M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1998
  3. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2004


Research Activities and Interests:

Dr. Puts studies the neuroendocrine and evolutionary bases of human sexuality and sex differences, with special focus on behavior and psychology. Research topics include the influence of sex hormones on psychology, behavior, and anatomy; hormonal and genetic influences on sexual differentiation; sexual selection and the evolution of sex differences in voices, faces, bodies, brains, and behavior; the development and evolution of variation in sexual orientation; and the evolution of female orgasm. Members of Dr. Puts's lab employ a variety of methodological techniques in the lab and in the field across cultures and species, including psychological experimentation, anthropometry, human voice and nonhuman primate call recording and acoustic measurement, 3D photography and spatially-dense geometric morphometric analysis of face shape, enzyme immunoassay (EIA) of salivary steroid concentrations, candidate gene and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

    Courses Taught:

    • ANTH 040H Biocultural Evolution
    • ANTH 216 Sex & Evolution
    • ANTH 218 Genes, Evolution & Behavior
    • ANTH 416 Evolution of Human Mating
    • ANTH 517 Human Evolutionary Biology

    Selected Recent Publications:

    • Hill, A. K., Hunt, J., Welling, L. L. M., Wheatley, J. R., Cárdenas, R. A., Rotella, M. A., Dawood, K., Shriver, M. D., and Puts, D. A.  (2013).  Quantifying the strength and form of sexual selection on men’s traits. Evolution and Human Behavior 34(5): 334-341.
    • Welling, L. L. M., Singh, K. W., Puts, D. A., Jones, B. C., Burriss, R. P.  (2013).  Self-reported sexual desire in homosexual men and women predicts preferences for sexually dimorphic facial cues.  Archives of Sexual Behavior. 42(5): 785-791.
    • Puts, D. A., Bailey, D. H., Cárdenas, R. A., Burriss, R. P., Welling, L. L. M., Wheatley, J. R., and Dawood, K. (2013).  Women’s attractiveness changes with estradiol and progesterone across the ovulatory cycle.  Hormones and Behavior.  63(1): 13-19.
    • Welling, L. L. M., Persola, L., Wheatley, J. R., Cárdenas, R. A., and Puts, D. A.  (2013).  Competition and men’s face preferences.  Personality and Individual Differences.  54(3): 414-419.
    • Deaner, R. O., Geary, D. C., Puts, D. A., Ham, S. A., Kruger, J., Fles, E., Winegard, B., and Grandis, T.  (2012).  A sex difference in the predisposition for physical competition: Males play sports much more than females even in the contemporary U.S.  PLoS ONE 7(11): e49168.
    • Claes, P. M., Walters, M. D., Shriver, M. D., Puts, D. A., Gibson, G., Clement, J. G., Baynam, G., Verbeke, G. Vandermeulen, D., and Suetens, P.  (2012).  Sexual Dimorphism in multiple aspects of 3D Facial Symmetry and Asymmetry defined by spatially-dense geometric morphometrics.  Journal of Anatomy. 221(2): 97-114.
    • Puts, D. A., Dawood, K., and Welling, L. L. M.  (2012).  Why women have orgasms:  An evolutionary analysis.  Archives of Sexual Behavior.  41(5): 1127–1143.
    • Puts, D. A., Jones, B. C., and DeBruine, L. M.  (2012).  Sexual selection on human faces and voices.  Journal of Sex Research 49 (2-3): 227-243.
    • Welling, L. L. M., Puts, D. A., Roberts, S. C., Little, A. C., and Burriss, R. P.  (2012).  Hormonal contraceptive use and mate retention behavior in women and their male partners.  Hormones and Behavior.  61 (1): 114–120.
    • Puts, D. A., Apicella, C. L., and Cardenas, R. A.  (2012).  Masculine voices are honest signals of men’s threat potential in foraging and industrial societies.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 601-609.
    • Puts, D. A., Welling, L. L. M., Burriss, R. P., and Dawood, K.  (2012).  Men’s masculinity and attractiveness predict their female partners’ reported orgasm frequency and timing.  Evolution and Human Behavior 33 (1): 1-9.
    • Burriss, R. P., Welling, L. L. M., and Puts, D. A.  (2011).  Mate-preference drives mate-choice:  Men's self-rated masculinity predicts their female partner's preference for male facial masculinity.  Personality and Individual Differences 51 (8): 1023-1027.
    • Burriss, R. P., Roberts, S. C., Welling, L. L. M., Puts, D. A., and Little, A. C.  (2011).  Heterosexual romantic couples mate assortatively for facial symmetry, but not masculinity.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 37 (5): 601-613.
    • Burriss, R. P., Welling, L. L. M., and Puts, D. A.  (2011).  Men's attractiveness predicts their preference for female facial femininity when judging for short-term, but not long-term, partners.  Personality and Individual Differences 50 (5): 542-546.
    • Welling, L. L. M., Burriss, R. P., and Puts, D. A.  (2011).  Mate retention behavior modulates men’s preferences for self-resemblance in infant faces.  Evolution and Human Behavior 32 (2): 118-126.
    • Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Gaulin, S. J. C., and Puts, D. A.  (2011).  Voice correlates of mating success in men: Examining “contests” vs. “mate choice” modes of sexual selection.  Archives of Sexual Behavior 40 (3): 551-557.
    • Puts, D. A., Barndt, J. L., Welling, L. L. M., Dawood, K., and Burriss, R. P.  (2011).  Intrasexual competition among women: Vocal femininity affects perceptions of attractiveness and flirtatiousness.  Personality and Individual Differences 50 (1): 111-115.
    • Hodges-Simeon, C. R., Gaulin, S. J. C., and Puts, D. A.  (2010).  Different vocal parameters predict perceptions of dominance and attractiveness.  Human Nature 21 (4): 406-427.
    • Wolff, S. E. and Puts, D. A.  (2010).  Vocal masculinity is a robust dominance signal in men.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64 (10): 1673-1683.
    • Puts, D. A., Cardenas, R. A., Bailey, D. H., Burriss, R.P., Jordan, C. L., and Breedlove, S. M.  (2010).  Salivary testosterone does not predict mental rotation performance in men or women.  Hormones and Behavior 58: 282-289.
    • Puts, D. A. (2010).  Beauty and the beast: Mechanisms of sexual selection in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior 31 (3): 157-175.
    • Grimbos, T., Dawood, K., Burriss, R. P., Zucker, K. J., and Puts, D. A.  (2010).  Sexual orientation and the 2nd to 4th finger length ratio: A meta-analysis in men and women. Behavioral Neuroscience 124 (2): 278-287.

    Research Interests

    behavioral endocrinology, evolutionary psychology, sex differences, sexual selection, sexuality