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Professor Ian Penton-Voak


I study human behaviour in the context of our evolutionary history. My work has concentrates on perception of social properties of faces, particularly attractiveness. A lot of this work is strongly influenced by theories of sexual selection proposed by evolutionary biologists. I also have strong interests in the perception of emotion and the social perception of personality. Recent and ongoing projects Currently, I?m working on several externally funded projects: Effects of Alcohol on Rating of Attractiveness: Examining the role of alcohol in social interaction. European Research Advisory Board Grant EA 08 20. (2009-2010) ?60,000. With Marcus Munafo, M.R. This grant continues our investigations of the influence that alcohol may have on the social perception of faces.

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Key words

  • human behaviour
  • evolutionary history
  • social properties of faces
  • attractiveness
  • sexual selection
  • perception of emotion
  • social perception of personality