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New Post-doctoral Research Fellow Intersects Biology, Psychology, and Gender Studies

Heather Rupp, Ph.D., is the new postdoctoral fellow in the interdisciplinary program, Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity at Indiana University.

She joins The Kinsey Institute this spring from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she worked with Dr. Kim Wallen investigating hormonal influences on the social behavior of human and nonhuman primates.

Dr. Rupp's research interests include the cognitive processing of sexual stimuli and the hormonal modulation of sexual behavior. For her dissertation she investigated sex differences in attention to visual sexual stimuli using an eye tracking paradigm. She found that males and females allocated different patterns of attention to different components of explicit visual sexual stimuli, such as faces or genitals, and that their attention was related to the hormonal state of the individual.

As a postdoctoral fellow with The Kinsey Institute and Indiana University Department of Biology, she will continue to investigate the cognitive processing of sexual stimuli using comparative models across species, while combining behavioral, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging techniques to help uncover the role of the brain in sexual arousal.

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