M. Claire Wilson

M. Claire Wilson
Indiana University Bloomington | IUB · Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

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22
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Citations since 2016
9 Research Items
223 Citations
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Additional affiliations
August 2015 - present
Indiana University Bloomington
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2013 - July 2014
University of Chicago
Position
  • Research Assistant and Lab Manager
Education
August 2015 - May 2021
Indiana University Bloomington
Field of study
  • Clinical Science, Neuroscience
September 2010 - June 2014
University of Chicago
Field of study
  • Psychology, English

Publications

Publications (22)
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Objective To examine the influence of sexual arousal on vaginal mucosal inflammation and antibody production in healthy women with and without histories of childhood and/or adult sexual violence. Methods Ninety-one premenopausal healthy women (ages 18 – 42) attended a single laboratory session in which they provided vaginal fluid samples before an...
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Background Inflammation has been linked to a variety of mental and physical health outcomes that disproportionately impact women, and which can impair sexual function; thus, there is reason to expect a link between inflammation and women's sexual functioning. Aim To test the hypothesis that higher concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), a gene...
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Background Though many women report sexual arousal difficulties, the mechanisms driving these difficulties are unclear. Sexual response relies on a host of psychophysiological processes that have bidirectional relationships with inflammation. Additionally, chronic inflammation may impair genital blood flow, which in turn may impact sexual arousal....
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Although ovarian hormones and social relationships are known to interact with HPA axis regulation, evidence for systematic covariation with basal salivary cortisol levels remains mixed. As part of a larger study, in this analysis we pursued two questions. First, do baseline cortisol concentrations consistently vary across the menstrual cycle? Secon...
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Research linking reward sensitivity to self-regulation has largely focused on rewards of the same type, varied only in magnitude. Nucleus accumbens (NAcc) activity has been shown to differentiate types of reward, and studies of disinhibitory disorders have suggested that rewards may be differentially processed in individuals who are sensitized to p...
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This project developed and studied The Source, an alternate reality game (ARG) designed to foster interest and knowledge related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among youth from populations underrepresented in STEM fields. ARGs are multiplayer games that engage participants across several media such as shared websites, social m...
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This study explored whether basal cortisol concentrations exhibit consistent variations across the menstrual cycle, as well as whether these concentrations differ by relationship status. The Women, Immunity, and Sexual Health (WISH) study gathered four afternoon saliva samples from 14 single and 20 monogamously partnered women. Unexpectedly, saliva...
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We tested the hypothesis that autistic-like traits are associated with restricted sociosexuality and investigated the role of stress and sex hormones as potential physiological mechanisms underlying this association. Study participants were heterosexual male college students (n = 107). Individuals with more autistic-like traits reported lower short...
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This paper describes the development and evaluation of an interactive, narrative-based, multimedia game to promote learning and communication about sexual violence and health topics. High school-aged participants created the game concept in a three-week workshop, after which assets were assembled and refined by a university-based game design lab. T...
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Men's testosterone may be an important physiological mechanism mediating motivational and behavioral aspects of the mating/parenting trade-off not only over time but also in terms of stable differences between mating-oriented and parenting-oriented individuals. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that self-reported interest in babies is inverse...
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We investigated the hypotheses that extraversion is associated with unrestricted sociosexuality (operationalized as greater sexual experience and greater short-term mating orientation) and that this association is mediated by reduced cortisol reactivity to psychosocial stress. Study participants were heterosexual male college students (n = 109). Ex...
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Study objective: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of a game-based sexuality education curriculum. Design: Curriculum evaluation used descriptive statistics, observation, and qualitative and quantitative data collection. Setting: The study was conducted in 8(th) grade classrooms in Chicago, Illinois. Participants: Students from thr...
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A growing body of research points to a relationship between chronotype and socio-sexuality, especially in men, such that evening-types appear both to be more short-term mating oriented than morning-types and to possess more personality traits and other behavioral characteristics that facilitate sexual promiscuity. This study contributes to and expa...
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-This study tested the hypotheses that eveningness is associated with higher risk-taking propensities across different domains of risk and that this association is not the result of sex differences or confounding covariation with particular personality traits. Study participants were 172 men and women between 20 and 40 years of age. Surveys assesse...
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In this study we tested the hypothesis that inter-individual variation in morningness-eveningness (i.e., chronotype) is associated with variation in a composite measure of life history (the mini-K) such that morning-types (i.e., early birds) exhibit traits typically associated with slow life histories while evening-types (i.e., night owls) exhibit...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate potential ethnicity-related variation in men’s relationship status, sexual promiscuity, and testosterone levels. Data from two ethnically diverse subject populations were used. The first dataset included 302 male graduate students (age range: 23–36 years; M = 28); the second dataset consisted of 77 male...
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Facial attractiveness represents an important component of an individual's overall attractiveness as a potential mating partner. Perceptions of facial attractiveness are expected to vary with age-related changes in health, reproductive value, and power. In this study, we investigated perceptions of facial attractiveness, power, and personality in t...
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We investigated variation in baseline cortisol levels in relation to relationship status (single or in a relationship), relationship characteristics (length, stability, presence or absence of clear dominance), or individual attributes (dominant or subordinate status, relative physical attractiveness, relationship worries). Study participants were 7...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate potential ethnicity-related variation in the association between men’s relationship status and testosterone levels. In two independent datasets, single men had higher testosterone than men in relationships in all ethnic groups except East Asian, for which the opposite was true. This difference may have b...

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