My area of expertise is evolutionary psychology. Currently my research is concerned with the differences in mating strategies within and between the sexes. This includes environmental and social factors which contribute to this variance and whether mating preferences themselves are reactive to environmental changes over short term periods.

My secondary interest is that of cyber-psychology and online interaction; particularly how one represents oneself using internet avatars and aliases.

  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, Cardiff University
  • PhD, Psychology, Swansea University

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Sex Differences
  • Attractiveness
  • Mating Strategies

Publications

  1. & Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables. Evolutionary Psychology
  2. & Is salivary cortisol moderating the relationship between salivary testosterone and hand-grip strength in healthy men?. European Journal of Sport Science 17(2), 188-194.
  3. & Sexual History and Present Attractiveness: People Want a Mate With a Bit of a Past, But Not Too Much. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-9.
  4. & The Ape That Kicked the Hornet's Nest: Response to Commentaries on “The Ape That Thought It Was a Peacock”. Psychological Inquiry 24(3), 248-271.
  5. & The Ape That Thought It Was a Peacock: Does Evolutionary Psychology Exaggerate Human Sex Differences?. Psychological Inquiry 24(3), 137-168.

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Teaching

  • PS-100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module provides psychology students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of psychology and beyond university as a graduate. There is an emphasis on building the skills necessary for independent study, such as time management, critical thinking and incorporating using feedback to improve academic performance. In the first half of the module, students will experience how and when to use a tool kit of study skills through a series of workshops and blended learning packs. Students will create a portfolio of reflections on their experience of making the transition to university study during the first year. In addition personal development planning is an important aspect of the module in order to record and further develop the skills needed for graduate employment. As part of the module students enrol in the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) and complete the bronze level (the Know Yourself module) by the end of Semester 2.

  • PSA113 Biological Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to biological psychology and the influence of the biological approach on the wider discipline of psychology. Through a series of lectures and tutorials this module will consider the structure and function of the brain and central nervous system and how they underpin human behaviour. The importance of understanding the role of hormones and neurotransmitters on physiology and behaviour as well as the biological basis of individual differences will be covered. These fundamental elements will be explored through by key topics such as emotions, motivated behaviour, language, sleep, learning and memory, and schizophrenia. The importance of understanding evolutionary psychology and gene environment interactions will also be integrated throughout the module.

  • PSY113 Biological Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to biological psychology and the influence of the biological approach on the wider discipline of psychology. Through a series of lectures and tutorials this module will consider the structure and function of the brain and central nervous system and how they underpin human behavior. The importance of understanding the role of hormones and neurotransmitters on physiology and behavior as well as the biological basis of individual differences will be covered. These fundamental elements will be explored through key topics such as emotions, motivated behavior, language, sleep, learning and memory, and schizophrenia. The importance of understanding evolutionary psychology and gene environment interactions will also be integrated throughout the module.

  • PSY237 Research and Experimental Methods I

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project. Students will be introduced to using the statistical software package SPPS for quantitative analysis and students will learn how to design mini-projects, apply appropriate statistical tests, and interpret and present data. Students will also be introduced to qualitative research methods. The module also covers research ethics, the nature of good experimental design, how to control for confounding factors and the need for replicability and reliability in scientific research.

  • PSY238 Research and Experimental Methods II

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project and follows directly from Research and Experimental Methods I. Students will study advanced multivariate techniques and deal with complex experimental designs. Students will also explore qualitative research methods.

  • PSY305 Psychology Work Placement Module

    This module starts with a 3-day intensive employability boot camp covering the key skills that are essential in the work place (Self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working, communication, problem solving & psychological literacy). Following this, a work-placement (35+ hours) will be undertaken which can be spread-out over a number of weeks (e.g., one day per week) or over a shorter time period (alternative working patterns can be made in agreement with the module leader). A limited number of local placements can be provided or self-sourced placements can be accommodated (judged on a case-by-case basis for suitability). Please note that, students who apply to this module are applying for any number of placement opportunities in general and not applying to one specific placement of their choice. Eligibility/ selection criteria for the module: 1. Completed Bronze Swansea Employability Award (students who have yet to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award can do so here: https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/swansea-employability-award-overview/ by the end of June) 2. Statement explaining why you would like to take part in this module and what you hope to gain from it (300 ¿ 500 words). 3. Attendance record throughout your degree (If mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection).

  • 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).