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Professor Ian Penton-Voak

Professor Ian Penton-Voak

Professor Ian Penton-Voak
B.A., M.Sc.(Manc.), Ph.D.(St.And.)

Professor of Evolutionary Psychology

Area of research

Evolutionary Psychology

Office 3D21
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8667

Research summary

I study human behaviour in the context of our evolutionary history. My work has concentrated 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

Dynamic Beauty: studying social impressions with realistic stimuli

Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (Jan 2011- Jan 2013)

Dynamic stimuli convey more information with better ecological validity than static stimuli. We will create a large, dynamic stimulus set of walkers to ...

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I studied for my first degree (B.A. Psych) at the University of Manchester from 1991-94. I stayed at Manchester for my M.Sc. which investigated human timing behaviour (scalar timing and internal clocks) with Professor John Wearden. I then moved to St. Andrews, initially to teach research methods and subsequently to study for my Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Dave Perrett. Since completing my Ph.D., I’ve lectured at St. Andrews and Stirling Universities. I moved to Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in August 2004.

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Recent publications

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