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April Bleske-Rechek

April Bleske-Rechek

Degree: Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Area: Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 255
Phone: (715) 836-4641
Email: bleskeal@uwec.edu




Courses Taught

  • Psyc 271: Methods of Research in Psychology
  • Psyc 340/540: Personality Psychology
  • Psyc 372/572: Individual Differences and Behavior Genetics
  • Psyc 373/573: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Psyc 401: Big Issues in Psychology

Research Interests

  • Human mating and sexual strategies
  • Same- and opposite-sex friendship in young and middle adulthood
  • Mental abilities
  • Integration of evolutionary and individual differences perspectives

Recent Publications (*undergraduate co-author)

Bleske-Rechek, A., Somers, E., Micke, C., Erickson, L., Matteson, L., Schumacher, B., Stocco, C., & Ritchie, L. (2012). Benefit or burden? Attraction in cross-sex friendship. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Online first: April 25, 2012. 
doi:10.1177/0265
407512443611

Bleske-Rechek, A., *Fuerstenberg, E. A., *Harris, H. D., & *Ryan, D. E. (2011). Men and women, work and family: A test of competing perspectives. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5, 275-292

Bleske-Rechek, A., *Harris, H. D., *Denkinker, K., Webb, R. M., *Erickson, L., & Nelson, L. A. (2011). Physical cues of ovulatory status: A failure to replicate enhanced facial attractiveness and reduced waist-to-hip ratio at high fertility. Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 336-353. Available online: http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/EP09336353.pdf.

Bleske-Rechek, A., *Nelson, L. A., *Baker, J. P., *Remiker, M. W., & *Brandt, S. J. (2010). Moral decisions in the Trolley Problem: People save five over one unless the one is young, genetically related, or a romantic partner. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 4, 115-127.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., & *Lighthall, M. (2010). Attractiveness and rivalry in women’s friendships with women. Human Nature, 21, 82-97. doi: 10.1007/s12110-010-9081-5

 Bleske-Rechek, A., & *Michels, K. (2010). RateMyProfessors.com: Testing assumptions about student use and misuse. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 15. Available online: http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=15&n=7.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., *Remiker, M. W., & *Baker, J. P. (2009). Similar from the start: Assortment in young adult dating couples and its link to relationship stability over time. Individual Differences Research, 7, 142-158.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., *VandenHeuvel, B., *Vander Wyst, M. (2009). Age variation in mating strategies and mate preferences: Beliefs versus reality. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 179-205.

Recent Conference Presentations (*undergraduate co-author)

Bleske-Rechek, A., Quigley, K., Kolb, C., Steffes, A., & Nelson, L. (2012, June). The double-edged nature of assortative friendship: Attractiveness and rivalry in friendships between women. Talk given at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Franklin, B. R., Johnson, A. E., Kelley, J. A., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2012, June). Birth order and personality: Testing assumptions with independent siblings' reports. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ryan, D. E., Miller, S. M., Werner, A. R., Johnson, A. E., Quigley, K. E., Kolb, C. M., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2012, June). That's too bad...NOT! Predictors of feeling pleasure in response to another's misfortune. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Werner, A., Fritsch, A., Johnson, J., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2012, June). Sexual attraction to siblings, friends, and mates: Preliminary evidence that opposite-sex friends prime sexual cognition. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bleske-Rechek, A., *Fritsch, A., & *Henn, B. R. (2011, May). Student consensus on RateMyProfessors.com. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

 *Harris, H., *Fuerstenberg, E., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011, May). Twenty-five years of GRE scores and graduate enrollment data by gender, ethnicity, and discipline. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

 *Matula, B. K., *Krunnfusz, A., Goodman, J., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011, May). Learning styles to the test: An experimental investigation of the effect of matching learning preferences with learning context. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

 Nelson, L. A., Webb, R. M., Bleske-Rechek, A., Huelsman, T. J., & Waring, D. A. (2011, May). Our attractiveness influences strangers’ judgments of our personality and intelligence, but how? Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

 *Risdal, M. L., *Weber, K., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011, April). Evaluating attractive alternatives: The moderating influence of mating orientation on susceptibility to the blinders effect. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Convention of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, Binghamton, NY.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., *Kolb, C., *Quigley, K., & Steffes, A. E. (2011, April). Assortative friendship: Similarity between female same-sex friends in face and body attractiveness, body shape, and mating attitudes. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Convention of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, Binghamton, NY.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., *Miller, S., *Ryan, D., *Fuerstenberg, E., *Harris, H., *Risdal, M., *Byrne, B., *Camp, S., & *Ritchie, L. (2011, April). Mating desires and plans for work and family: Comparisons by sex, discipline, and year in college. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Convention of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, Binghamton, NY.

 *Fuerstenberg, E., *Ryan, D., *Miller, S., *Risdal, M., *Harris, H., *Byrne, B., *Camp, S., *Ritchie, L., & Bleske-Rechek, A., (2011, April). College students’ religious beliefs, knowledge of evolution, and science literacy: Comparisons by sex, discipline, and point of college career. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Convention of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, Binghamton, NY.

 Nelson, L. A., Webb, R. M., Bleske-Rechek, A., Huelsman, T. J., & Waring, D. A. (2011, March). The accuracy of first impressions: Stranger ratings of photographs. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Southeastern Psychology Association.

 Nelson, L. A., Webb, R. M., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2010, December). The accuracy of intelligence judgments: Stranger ratings of photographs. Poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the International Society for Intelligence Researchers, Alexandria, VA.

 Bleske-Rechek, A., *Erickson, L., & *Ritchie, L. (2010, May). Benefit or Burden? Attraction in Emerging and Middle-Aged Adults’ Cross-sex Friendships. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

 *Michels, K., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2010, May). RateMyProfessors.com: Testing Assumptions about Student Use and Misuse. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

 *Harris, H., *Denkinger, K., *Erickson, L., Webb, R. M., Nelson, L. A., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2010, June). Women’s Body Shape and Appearance Across the Menstrual Cycle: Heightened Attractiveness at Ovulation? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Eugene, OR.

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