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.
Fran Cormack, Joanne Emery, Hannah George, Huw Golledge, Alistair Gray, Katie Green, Doug Maisey, Sue Mason, Katy Smith, Nicki Turnill & Matt Walker
Andrew Ply, Danielle McCutcheon, Camilla Munton, Nagamani Pathakota & Katy Smith