I'm an associate professor of psychology at Nottingham University Malaysia Campus. Before taking up my current position, 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. My second book, The Ape That Understood the Universe, is due to hit the shelves in 2018.
Evolutionary Psychology / Philosophy of Mind / Behavioural Genetics / Intelligence
PSGY2015: Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
PSGY3024: Evolutionary Psychology
My research revolves around the idea that theories from evolutionary biology can shed light on the human mind and human behaviour. In particular, I'm interested in the evolutionary origins of… read more
My research revolves around the idea that theories from evolutionary biology can shed light on the human mind and human behaviour. In particular, I'm interested in the evolutionary origins of altruism and human sex differences. I also have a long-standing interest in the philosophical implications of evolutionary theory.
Kinship, Altruism, and Morality
If evolution is all about the survival of the fittest, why are people usually quite nice to each other? If natural selection favours organisms that aid their relatives, why are people often nicer to their friends and lovers? Is morality a part of human nature - or is it a social institution designed to control and constrain the destructive aspects of human nature?
Human Sex Differences
How do nature and nurture conspire to produce average differences between men and women? How different are the sexes, anyway? Are we highly dimorphic like peacocks and deer? Or are we relatively monomorphic, like gibbons and sea dragons?
The Philosophical Implications of Evolutionary Theory
This was the subject of my first book, Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life (2010, Cambridge University Press).