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Lisa DeBruine, PhD

Reader, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Research field: Psychology - Evolutionary Psychology
faces, facial resemblance, kin recognition, masculinity, voices, attractiveness, visual adaptation, face aftereffects


Awards and Grants

  •  Feb 2012 
    ESRC Standard Grant (£170,874)
  •  Nov 2011 
    Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy View website
  •  Sep 2008 
    ESRC Small Grant (£73,374)
  •  Sep 2007 
    ESRC Small Grant (£59,514)
  •  Sep 2007 
    Nuffield Grant (£7,268)
  •  Sep 2004 
    NSF International Fellowship ($97,858 US)

Biographical Information

My main research interests are kin recognition, facial resemblance and face processing. Specifically, I am interested in how humans use facial resemblance to tell who their kin are and how people respond to cues of kinship in different circumstances. I am also interested in how the visual system learns about faces and what visual adaptation effects can tell us about the face processing system. I have published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals on these topics and am the co-founder of the Face Research Lab at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

I was appointed in 2011 to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's inaugural Young Academy. I am also involved in the running of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) and the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA).


Professional Experience

2012 - Present
Jun 2006 - Jun 2012
Senior Lecturer at School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada
PhD in Psychology
Sep 1999 - May 2000
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies
Sep 1998 - May 2000
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
MS in Biology
Sep 1994 - May 1998
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
BSc in Biopsychology and Anthropological Zoology

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