I am interested in face perception, from evolutionary and social psychological perspectives. In particular, I am interested in facial attractiveness, how we perceive health from the face, and how aspects of our facial appearance are linked with certain personality judgments. I have also been developing a biological account of how makeup increases facial attractiveness, and how it affects social judgments.

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial attractiveness
  • Social judgments
  • Personality
  • Health perception
  • Face perception

Publications

  1. & Makeup changes the apparent size of facial features. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
  2. The influence of shape and colour cue classes on facial health perception. Evolution and Human Behavior
  3. & Positive facial affect looks healthy. Visual Cognition, 1-12.
  4. & The Influence of the Opposite Sex on Hypothetical Aggressive Inclinations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 088626051772483
  5. & Facial Contrast Declines with Age but Remains Sexually Dimorphic Throughout Adulthood. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

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Teaching

  • PS-M15 Special Research Skills

    Specialists from a variety of fields in psychology discuss the methods used in their own research area. The subject areas will vary from year to year depending upon the current research interests and activities of the staff. Each seminar is grounded by showing the application of these methods to a particular theory or issue in psychology. Students select two options from those presented (one in TB1 and TB2) and write an essay after consultation with the presenter on a topic geared to their own research interests.

  • PSY112 Social and Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issues in social and developmental psychology. The social psychology component of the module covers core topics such as: attitudes; attributions; conformity and obedience; person perception; interpersonal attraction; stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. The developmental psychology component addresses issues such as: infancy and early social development, and theories of cognitive development in infancy and childhood.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY347 Evolution and Human Behaviour

    This module examines human behaviour through the lens of evolutionary theory, considering how challenges faced by our ancestors have shaped our thinking and behaviour. The module will first build an understanding of evolutionary theory and how it differs from traditional approaches to psychology, with a focus on the role of natural and sexual selection. We will then examine how these selection pressures have shaped a range of human behaviours. There will be a primary focus on attractiveness and mate choice, altruism and moral emotions, human signaling systems, personality, and competitive behaviour. We will explore and find answers to important questions such as why we find certain people attractive, how relationships are formed, why we help others, and how our appearance signals aspects of our fitness.

Supervision

  • Judging a book by its cover - involuntary responses to facial cues as an indicator of personality type across developmentally impaired populations (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 2014 Research Project Support Officer Bangor
2014 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate Gettysburg