Connor P. Principe, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box 
Carnegie 308
Areas I Teach 


Doctor of Philosophy in developmental psychology, The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, Texas in 2011.

Master of Arts in developmental psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas in 2009.

Bachelor of Arts in psychology/honors. Seattle University: Seattle, WA in 2002.

Areas of Research & Specialization

Broadly, I am interested in examining how social preferences develop, how they are maintained, and how they change throughout the lifespan. Most of my work has specifically examined preferences for facial attractiveness, the emotional consequences of viewing attractive versus unattractive faces, and how experience best explains what people find attractive in a face. Some of my current projects include 1) comparing how people categorize faces and non-face objects of differing attractiveness; 2) examining whether specific emotional responses to attractive people develop with sexual maturity or are present in younger children; and 3) determining whether infant attractiveness determines the quality of care they receive. Students who are interested in gaining collegiate research experience with regard to attractiveness preferences (or the development of preferences in general) should contact me via e-mail.

Recent Publications

Principe, C. P., & Langlois, J. H. (2013). Children and adults use attractiveness as a social cue in real people and avatars. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 590-597. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.12.002

Principe, C. P., Rosen, L. H., Taylor-Partridge, T. & Langlois, J. H. (2013). Attractiveness differences between twins predicts evaluations of self and co-twin. Self and Identity, 12, 186-200. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2012.655895

Rosen, L. H., Principe, C. P., & Langlois, J. H. (2013). Feedback seeking in early adolescence: Self-enhancement or self-verification? The Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 363-377. doi: 10.1177/027243161244107

Principe, C. P., & Langlois, J. H. (2012). Shifting the prototype: Experience with faces influences affective and attractiveness preferences. Social Cognition, 30(1), 109-120. doi: 10.1521/soco.2012.30.1.109

Rew, L., Principe, C., & Hannah, D. (2012). Changes in stress and coping during late childhood and preadolescence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. 25, 130-140. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2012.00336.x

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. 

Lifespan Human Development

Social and Personality Development

Children and Violence

Behavioral Statistics

Introduction to Psychology