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Shawn  Geniole

Dr. Shawn  Geniole

Assistant Professor


Abbotsford campus, D201

email Shawn


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Vienna | Nipissing University

PhD, Social/Personality Psychology, Brock University

MA, Social/Personality Psychology, Brock University

Teaching Interests

Dr. Geniole's teaching interests include social psychology and group dynamics with an emphasis on social perceptions and behaviours related to threat and competition (e.g., aggression, dominance).

Dr. Geniole's additional teaching interests include introduction to psychology, research methods, statistics, hormones and behaviour, and environmental and health psychology. 

Research Interests

Dr. Geniole investigates (1) how challenges to social status influence social behavior, social decision-making, and performance through potential hormonal mechanisms; (2) how social perceptions (e.g., of aggression, attractiveness) form and affect (economic) decision-making, and; (3) how exposure to nature influences health and well-being.

More recently, Dr. Geniole has begun investigating factors that promote or undermine health-protective behaviours relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Geniole, S.N., Bird, B.M., McVittie, J.S., Purcell, R.B., Archer, J., & Carré, J. M. (2019). Is testosterone linked to human aggression? A meta-analytic examination of the relationship between baseline, dynamic, and manipulated testosterone on human aggression. Hormones and Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2019.104644

Geniole, S.N., Proietti, V., Bird, B.M., Ortiz, T.L., Bonin, P.L., Goldfarb, B., Watson, N.V., & Carré, J.M. (2019). Testosterone reduces the threat premium in competitive resource division. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286, 20190720. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0720

Geniole, S.N., Procyshyn, T., Marley, N., Ortiz, T.L., Bird, B.M., Marcellus, A.L., Welker, K.M., Bonin, P.L., Goldfarb, B., Watson N.V. & Carré, J.M. (2019). Using a psychopharmacogenetic approach to identify the pathways through which and people for whom testosterone promotes human aggression. Psychological Science, 30, 481-494. doi: 10.1177/0956797619826970

Geniole, S.N., MacDonell, E.T., & McCormick, C.M. (2017). The “threat premium” in economic bargaining. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 572-582. j.evolhumbehav.2016.12.004

Geniole, S.N., Bird, B.M., Ruddick, E.L., & Carré, J.M. (2017). Effects of competition outcome on testosterone concentrations in humans: An updated meta-analysis. Hormones and Behavior, 92, 37-50. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.10.002

Geniole, S. N., David, J. P. F., Euzébio, R. F. R., Toledo, B. Z. S., Neves, A. I. M., & McCormick, C. M. (2016). Restoring land and mind: The benefits of an outdoor walk on mood are enhanced in a naturalized landfill area relative to its neighbouring urban area. Ecopsychology, 8, 107-120. doi: 10.1089/eco.2016.0005

Geniole, S.N., Denson, T., Dixson, B. Carré, J.M. & McCormick, C.M. (2015). Evidence from meta-analyses of the facial width-to-height ratio as an evolved cue of threat. PLOS ONE, 10, e0132726. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132726

Geniole, S. N., Cunningham, C. E., Keyes, A. E., Busseri, M. A., & McCormick, C. M. (2015). Costly retaliation is promoted by threats to resources in women and threats to status in men. Aggressive Behavior, 41, 515-525. doi: 10.1002/ab.21589

Geniole, S.N. & McCormick, C.M. (2013). Taking control of aggression: Perceptions of aggression suppress the link between perceptions of facial masculinity and attractiveness. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 1027-1043

Geniole, S.N., Carré, J.M., & McCormick, C.M. (2011). State, not trait, neuroendocrine function predicts costly reactive aggression in men after social exclusion and inclusion. Biological Psychology, 87, 137-145. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.02.020.

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