My research activities focus on combining evolutionary and genetic approaches to human behaviour. This involves experiments, twin studies, and statistical genetics. Broadly, I want to know what evolutionary processes gave rise to the various characteristics of our extraordinary species, and why there are wide, heritable individual differences in these characteristics despite selective pressures favouring only the most advantageous genetic variants.
I'm particularly interested in mate preferences and choices, physical attractiveness (face and body), intelligence, personality, masculinity-femininity, and sexual behaviour and orientation.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Evolutionary and genetic approaches to human behaviour and individual differences. Personality, mate preferences, mate choice, sexual dimorphism (masculinity and femininity), female orgasm, disgust sensitivity, cognitive psychology.