Research interests


I am a cognitive psychologist working at Bangor University. Most of my current work is on information within the face and the social inferences we make based on this information. My email contact is here. You can click on the headings below for further information about my different research interests. But first, news below:

PhD STUDENTSHIP NOW AVAILABLE, DEADLINE 27 Feb

I'm very pleased to be able to offer a fully-funded PhD studentship (stipend, fees, research) for UK/EU students who will have an MSc or related degree by Oct 2015. The topic is flexible to some degree, on Adaptive Perspectives on Social Signals in the Human Face, and the ad can be viewed here. Further information about the application process and links to other studentships at Bangor available here. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Social inferences from the face

My main focus linking the different threads below. Humans are both highly visual and highly social beings. We are quick, perhaps to a fault, to make attributions of personality and other social traits on the basis of mere appearance. Why are we are so willing to make these judgements, and what do they tell us as observers?

Evolved signals from the face

Why the messages being "sent" from the face may be part of an evolved system for behaviour signalling.

Sexual dimorphism

Some social inferences from the face are based on sexual dimorphism, that is, the level of masculine or feminine quality in the face. New work is looking at how face shape may be linked to personality inferences.

Appearance and mental-health

Some traits related to mental health can be identified from the face. What kinds of responses do observers make to this appearance, and what might be the effect of these judgements?