Viktoria Mileva University of Stirling

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Research Interests:

The formation, maintenance, and stability of dominance hierarchies has long been studied in the animal kingdom and much research has focused on dominance hierarchies and their consequences in non-human primates. However, trying to fully characterize dominance in humans is challenging due to our complex social structure and evolution of culture. Thus, my aim is to examine which traits and biological markers are predictors of social dominance in humans, and further extend our knowledge of primate dominance hierarchies by answering the following questions:

1. What are biological measures associated with dominance in humans?

2. What are the sex differences in how dominance is conferred in humans, and how are they governed?

3. How do traits associated with masculinity and/or femininity and attractiveness relate to dominance?

4. What are the main similarities and differences between primate and human dominance?

                Baboon fight                 Human warfare                    Fighting lions

About Me:

I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen's University, Canada majoring in Biology (2007). My undergraduate thesis in animal physiology investigated the possibility of harvesting antibodies using rainbow trout. I then went on to pursue an MSc at McMaster University, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Sigal Balshine in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, and Dr. Katie Gilmour in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa, Canada (2009). My MSc involved characterising the stress response of a cooperatively breeding African cichlid (Neolamprologus pulcher), as well as looking at the effects of maternal stress on egg characteristics. More specifically, we looked at differences in cortisol levels between dominant and subordinate fish in relation to behaviour, and how subordinate fish may influence egg production of an acutely stressed dominant female (see publications below).

During my MSc I became increasingly interested in the field of Evolutionary Psychology and especially how human and non-human primate dominance is governed. As an extension of my MSc, and branching off into the realm of humans, I am now pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Stirling under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Little, which will examine human and non-human dominance. I am funded by a PGS-D3 scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


                                  dominance morphs

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
O’Conner C., Rodela T., Mileva V.R., Balshine S., and Gilmour K. M. Corticosteroid receptor gene expression is related to sex and social behaviour in a social fish. In press. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A
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Vázquez G.H., and Milev R. Effects, experiences, and impact of stigma on patients with bipolar disorder. In press. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
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Gilmour, K.M., Balshine, S. (2010) Effects of maternal stress on egg characteristics in a cooperatively breeding fish. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. (in press; available online)
Mileva, V.R., Fitzpatrick, J.L., Marsh-Rollo, S., Gilmour, K.M., Wood, C.M., and Balshine, S. (2009). The stress response of the highly social African cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 82 (6): 720-729.
Milev. R., Kellar, T., McLean, M., Mileva, V.R., Luthra, V., Thompson S., Peever, L. (2008). Multisensory Stimulation for Elderly Patients with Dementia: A 24 Week Pilot Single-blind Randomized Controlled Study. The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias 23 (4): 372-376

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Mileva, V.R., Keating, L., Kealey, A., and Podolinsky, N.  (2006)  Fish diversity, with respect to habitat and zonation in three coastal creek systems in the Bahamas.  Cape Eleuthera Institute Research Report.  Report prepared for the Bahamian Ministry of Fisheries Resources.  Eleuthera, Bahamas.  Pg 1-29.
Milev, R., Mileva, V.R. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Electroconvulsive Therapy: viable alternative or a distant runner-up? (Irish Psychiatrist)

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