Lecturer in Psychology
Psychology
Telephone: (01792) 604560
Room: Office - 714
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

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.

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Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  1. & Personality in faces: Implicit associations between appearance and personality. European Journal of Social Psychology
  2. & Makeup Changes the Apparent Size of Facial Features.. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
  3. The influence of shape and colour cue classes on facial health perception. Evolution and Human Behavior 39(1), 19-29.
  4. & Positive facial affect looks healthy. Visual Cognition, 1-12.
  5. & The Influence of the Opposite Sex on Hypothetical Aggressive Inclinations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 088626051772483

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Teaching

  • PS-M83 Introduction to Python for Psychology

    Recently, psychology has undergone a replication crisis, meaning many established results are not statistically robust, compromising the integrity of psychology as a science. This module provides a comprehensive overview of these issues and introduction to reproducible analysis workflows. Students will learn to use the general purpose programming language Python, utilising it to manipulate, model, and visualise their data, and ensuring that their research reports are accurate and transparent.

  • PSA112 Social & Developmental Psychology

    This module introduces students to the major theories and empirical issue 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.

  • 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 John Towler
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree
  • Untitled (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