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. & Mate preference priorities in the East and West: A cross‐cultural test of the mate preference priority model. Journal of Personality
  2. & The Effect of Hypo-Hydration on Mood and Cognition Is Influenced by Electrolyte in a Drink and Its Colour: A Randomised Trial. Nutrients 11(9), 2002
  3. & (2019). Reactions to Male-Favoring vs. Female-Favoring Sex Differences: A Preregistered Experiment.
  4. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. In Lowering Partner Standards in a Short-Term Mating Context. (pp. 1-3).
  5. & Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables. Evolution and Human Behavior 39(1), 82-93.

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Teaching

  • 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.

  • PSY311 Psychology Work Placement Module (Single honours)

    This module starts with a 5-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 (70+ 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). Approximately twenty pre-sourced placements will be available for students within local public, private and 3rd sector companies or within the university. Information about these placements will be circulated to the module application deadline. Students will then indicate their top 5 placement options as part of their application. There will also be the opportunity for students to self-source a placement for this module. Eligibility/selection criteria for the module: Students must apply to be part of this module. The application includes: 1. A supporting statement explaining why they would like to take part in this module, what they hope to gain from it, and what their placement choices are (300-500 words). 2. A Curriculum Vitae In order for applications to be considered, students must have completed the Bronze level of the 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) and must have an acceptable attendance record throughout their degree (if mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection). Successful applicants will be matched with one of their top 5 chosen placements where possible. If this is not possible, module leaders will work with the applicant to identify the best placement for them (with their career goals in mind) from the remaining choices available. Alternatively, the student will still be able to self-source a placement should they desire.

  • PSY315 Psychology Work Placement Module (Joint honours)

    This module starts with a 5-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). Approximately twenty pre-sourced placements will be available for students within local public, private and 3rd sector companies or within the university. Information about these placements will be circulated to the module application deadline. Students will then indicate their top 5 placement options as part of their application. There will also be the opportunity for students to self-source a placement for this module. Eligibility/selection criteria for the module: Students must apply to be part of this module. The application includes: 1. A supporting statement explaining why they would like to take part in this module, what they hope to gain from it, and what their placement choices are (300-500 words). 2. A Curriculum Vitae In order for applications to be considered, students must have completed the Bronze level of the 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) and must have an acceptable attendance record throughout their degree (if mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection). Successful applicants will be matched with one of their top 5 chosen placements where possible. If this is not possible, module leaders will work with the applicant to identify the best placement for them (with their career goals in mind) from the remaining choices available. Alternatively, the student will still be able to self-source a placement should they desire.

  • 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).

Supervision

  • Understanding and reducing harassment – Insights from an evolutionary psychological theory of risk-taking. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Alex Jones