Dr Martin Tovee
Reader in Visual Cognition

  • Email: martin.tovee@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8616
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5622
  • Address: Institute of Neuroscience
    The Henry Wellcome Building
    Framlington Place
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH

Research Interests

My research explores human mate selection and the perception of physical attractiveness in an evolutionary psychology context. One of the most fundamental problems for any organism is mate selection. It is vitally important that we are sensitive to the physical cues that honestly signal that one individual is more desirable (i.e. fitter and with a better reproductive potential) than another, and use them to choose the partner who is most likely to enhance our chances of successful reproduction. My research has focussed on the visual cues on which these judgements are based, and how environment and context may alter these judgements.

This research also focuses on the problem of body image dysfunction in Eating Disordered subjects. This is a key diagnostic feature in both Anorexic and Bulimic subjects, and plays an important role in the aetiology and maintenance of these conditions.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

PhD Students

Kara Crossley

Lucinda Gledhill

Sandra Fernandes-Machado

Tracey Thornborrow

Masters Students

Alexandra Houston

Jessica Long

Renske Herrema

Xuejia Zhang

Former Postgraduate Students

Former PhD Students

Fran Cormack, Joanne Emery, Hannah George, Huw Golledge, Alistair Gray, Katie Green, Doug Maisey, Sue Mason, Katy Smith, Nicki Turnill & Matt Walker

Former Masters Students 

Danielle McCutcheon, Josephine Mo, Camilla Munton, Nagamani Pathakota, Andrew Ply & Katy Smith


Undergraduate Teaching 

Psychology Teaching

PSY2002: Visual Perception

PSY3013: Eating Disorders

PSY3016: Sex and Human Nature

PSY3096-PSY3097: Research Projects

Biomedical Sciences Teaching

BMS3020: Chronic Diseases

Postgraduate Teaching

Research Supervision on the MRes in Evolution & Human Behaviour and the MSc in Health Psychology