Publications – Personality, Relationships, and Hormones Lab

Selected Publications

2021 +

Edelstein, R. S. (2022). Testosterone tradeoffs in close relationships. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. 65, 235-280. PDF

Reese, Z. A., Garcia, S. M., & Edelstein, R. S. (2022). Competitions and competitors: Disentangling competitive situations and competitive personalities. Personality and Individual Differences, 185, 111262.

Ascigil, E., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S. (2021). Division of Baby Care in Heterosexual and Lesbian Parents: Expectations Versus Reality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 83, 584–594. PDF

Chin, K., Reese, Z. A., Ascigil, E., Sim, L., & Edelstein, R. S. (2021). Closeness-inducing discussions with a romantic partner increase cortisol and testosterone. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 132, 105357.

Sim, L. Chen, S., Zhang, M., Edelstein, R. S., & Kim, S. (2021) Cultural adaptation congruence in immigrant spouses are associated with marital quality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 83, 1420-1438.

Sundin, Z. W., Chopik, W. J., Welker, K. M., Ascigil, E., Brandes, C. M., Chin, K., Ketay, S., Knight, E. L., Kordsmeyer, T. L., McLarney-Vesotski, A. R., Prasad, S., Reese, Z. A., Roy, A. R. K., Sim, L., Stern, L., Carré, J. M., Edelstein, R. S., Mehta, P. H., Penke, L., Slatcher, R. B., Tackett, J. L. (2021). Estimating the Associations between Big Five Personality Traits, Testosterone, and Cortisol. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. PDF 


Chin, K., Chopik, W. J., Wardecker, B. M., LaBelle, O. P., Moors, A. C., & Edelstein, R.S. (2020). Longitudinal associations between prenatal testosterone and postpartum outcomes in a sample of first-time expectant lesbian couples. Hormones and Behavior, 125, 104810. PDF

LaBelle, O. P., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S. (2020). Attachment Processes and Health. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, 31-41. PDF

Sim, L., Chopik, W. J., Wardecker, B. M., & Edelstein, R. S. (2020). Changes in prenatal testosterone and sexual desire in expectant couples. Hormones and Behavior, 125, 104823. PDF 


Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S., & Grimm, K. J. (2019). Longitudinal changes in attachment orientation over a 59-year period. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 598-611. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Chin, K., Saini, E. K., Kuo, P. X., Schultheiss, O. C., & Volling, B. L. (2019). Adult attachment and testosterone reactivity: Fathers’ avoidance predicts changes in testosterone during the strange situation procedure. Hormones and Behavior, 112, 10-19. PDF


LaBelle, O. P., & Edelstein, R. S. (2018). Gratitude, insecure attachment, and positive outcomes among 12-step program participantsAddiction Research & Theory, 26, 123–132.

Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., LaBelle, O. P. & Edelstein, R. S. (2018) Is narcissism associated with baseline cortisol in men and women? Journal of Research in Personality, 72 44-49. PDF


Edelstein, R. S., Chopik, W. J., Saxbe, D. E., Wardecker, B. M., Moors, A. C., & LaBelle, O. P. (2017). Prospective and dyadic associations between expectant parents’ prenatal hormone changes and postpartum parenting outcomesDevelopmental Psychobiology, 59, 77-90. PDF

Saxbe, D. E., Edelstein, R. S., Lyden, H. Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., & Moors, A. C. (2017). Fathers’ prenatal testosterone changes and hormonal synchrony with partners predicts greater postpartum relationship investmentHormones and Behavior, 90, 39-47. PDF


Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Boyer, M., & Edelstein, R. S. (2016). Individual differences in attachment are associated with usage and perceived intimacy of different communication mediaComputers in Human Behavior, 59, 18-27. PDF


Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R.S. (2015). Preliminary validation of a romantic attachment orientation measure from the California Adult Q-Sort. Attachment and Human Development, 17, 570-585. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Wardecker, B. M., Chopik, W. J., Moors, A. C., Shipman, E. L., & Lin, N. J. (2015). Prenatal hormones in first-time expectant parents: Longitudinal changes and within-couple correlations. American Journal of Human Biology, 27, 317-325. PDF

Moors, A. C., Conley, T. D., Edelstein, R. S., Chopik, W. J. (2015). Attached to monogamy? Avoidance predicts willingness to engage (but not actual engagement) in consensual non-monogamy. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, 222-240. PDF

Wardecker, B. M., Smith, L. K., Edelstein, R. S., & Loving, T. J. (2015). Intimate relationships then and now: How old hormonal processes are influenced by our modern psychology. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1, 150-176.PDF


Chopik, W. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (2014). Age differences in romantic attachment around the world. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 892-900. PDF

Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S., van Anders, S. M., Wardecker, B. M., Shipman, E. L., & Samples-Steele, C. R. (2014). Too close for comfort? Adult attachment and cuddling in romantic and parent-child relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 69, 212-216. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., van Anders, S. M., Chopik, W. J., Goldey, K. L., & Wardecker, B. M. (2014). Dyadic associations between testosterone and relationship quality in couples. Hormones and Behavior, 65, 401-407. PDF


Chopik, W. J., Edelstein, R. S., & Fraley, R. C. (2013). From the cradle to the grave: Age differences in attachment from early adulthood to old age. Journal of Personality, 81, 171-183. PDF

van Anders, S. M., Edelstein, R. S., Wade, R. L, & Samples-Steele, C. R. (2013). Descriptive experiences and sexual versus nurturant aspects of cuddling between adult romantic partners. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 553-560. PDF


Edelstein, R. S., Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (2012). Narcissism in midlife: The developmental course and correlates of women’s narcissistic personality traits. Journal of Personality, 80,1179-1204. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Kean, E. L., & Chopik, W. J. (2012). Women with an avoidant attachment style show attenuated estradiol responses to emotionally intimate stimuli. Hormones and Behavior, 16, 167-175. PDF

2011 and Earlier

Edelstein, R. S., Chopik, W. J., & Kean, E. L. (2011). Sociosexuality moderates the association between relationship status and testosterone in men and women. Hormones and Behavior, 60, 248-255. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Yim, I. S., & Quas, J. A. (2010). Narcissism predicts heightened cortisol reactivity to a psychosocial stressor in men. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 565-572. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Stanton, S. J., Henderson, M. M., & Sanders, M. R. (2010). Endogenous estradiol levels are associated with attachment avoidance and implicit intimacy motivation. Hormones and Behavior, 57, 230-236. PDF

Stanton, S. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (2009). The physiology of women’s power motive: Implicit power motivation is positively associated with estradiol levels in women. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1109-1113. PDF

Levine, L. J., & Edelstein, R. S. (2009). Emotion and memory narrowing: A review and goal-relevance approach. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 833-875. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., & Gillath, O. (2008). Avoiding interference: Adult attachment and emotional processing biases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 171-181. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., & Shaver, P. R. (2007). A cross-cultural examination of lexical studies of self-conscious emotions. In J. L. Tracy, R. W. Robins, & J. P. Tangney (Eds.), The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research (pp. 194-208). New York, NY: Guilford Press. PDF

Edelstein, R. S. (2006). Attachment and emotional memory: Investigating the source and extent of avoidant memory deficits. Emotion, 6, 340-345. Link

Edelstein, R. S., Luten, T., Ekman, P., & Goodman, G. S. (2006). Detecting lies in children and adults. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 1-10. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Ghetti, S., Quas, J. A., Goodman, G. S., Alexander, K. W., Redlich, A. D., & Cordon, I. M. (2005). Individual differences in emotional memory: Adult attachment and long-term memory for child sexual abuse. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1537-1548. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., Alexander, K. W., Shaver, P. R., Schaaf, J. M., Quas, J. A., Lovas, G. S., & Goodman, G. S. (2004). Adult attachment style and parental responsiveness during a stressful event. Attachment and Human Development, 6, 31-52. PDF

Edelstein, R. S., & Shaver, P. R. (2004). Avoidant attachment: Exploration of an oxymoron. In D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), Handbook of closeness and intimacy (pp. 397-412). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.PDF

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