Evolutionary Psychology; Altruism; Human Mating Behaviour; Philosophical Implications of Evolutionary Theory; Atheism; Memetics
I’m an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. My research revolves around the idea that theories from evolutionary biology can shed light on human psychology. In particular, I’m interested in the evolutionary origins of human mating behaviour and altruistic behaviour. I also have a long-standing interest in the philosophical implications of evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology. Before moving to Malaysia, I was a senior lecturer at Swansea University, and before that, I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in Canada, working in the lab of Martin Daly and Margo Wilson. I did my Ph.D. in psychology and philosophy at Massey University in New Zealand (which is where I'm from).
The ape that kicked the hornet’s nest: Response to commentaries on “The Ape that Thought It Was a Peacock.”
Psychological Inquiry (2013) 24 248-271
The Ape That Thought It Was a Peacock: Does Evolutionary Psychology Exaggerate Human Sex Differences
Psychological Inquiry (2013) 24 137-168
Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew