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Prof Tamsin Saxton


Department: Psychology

Tamsin joined Northumbria University in the Department of Psychology in September 2012, following posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Abertay Dundee.

Tamsin is a behavioural scientist who takes an evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour. Her research programmes have spanned the development and nature of human mate choice judgements, the significance of biological traits in interpersonal perceptions, and the role of chemosignals in interpersonal interactions.

Tamsin is currently a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, investigating the role of odour in parent-infant interactions.

Tamsin Saxton

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  • Consistency of Eye Coloration Across Different Relationship Partners, Newman, A., Pollet, T., McCarty, K., Neave, N., Saxton, T. 1 Jan 2023, In: Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • Cross-modal associations of human body odour attractiveness with facial and vocal attractiveness provide little support for the backup signals hypothesis: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Třebický, V., Delplanque, S., Ferdenzi, C., Fink, B., Jelínková, L., Pátková, Ž., Roberts, S., Röder, S., Saxton, T., Schwambergová, D., Štěrbová, Z., Fialová, J., Havlíček, J. 1 Jan 2023, In: Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Are we measuring loneliness in the same way in men and women in the general population and in the older population? Two studies of measurement equivalence., Pollet, T., Thompson, A., Malcolm, C., McCarty, K., Saxton, T., Roberts, S. 29 Dec 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Extraversion is associated with advice network size, but not network density or emotional closeness to network members, Malcolm, C., Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Roberts, S., Pollet, T. 1 Jan 2021, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Facebook Social Use and Anxiety: A Replication Attempt, Sillence, E., Saxton, T., Pollet, T. 9 Jul 2021, In: Human Communication & Technology
  • Women’s Preferences for Men’s Facial Masculinity and Anticipations of Grandparental Care Provision, Saxton, T., Lefevre, C., Honekopp, J. 1 Mar 2021, In: Evolutionary Psychological Science
  • Children aged 7–9 prefer cuteness in baby faces, and femininity in women's faces, Saxton, T., Pollet, T., Panagakis, J., Round, E., Brown, S., Lobmaier, J. Nov 2020, In: Ethology
  • Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects: The importance of testing boundary effects, Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., Pollet, T. 1 Aug 2020, In: British Journal of Psychology
  • Jealousy as a Function of Rival Characteristics: Two large replication studies and meta-analyses support gender differences in reactions to rival attractiveness but not dominance, Pollet, T., Saxton, T. 1 Oct 2020, In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Olfaction scaffolds the developing human from neonate to adolescent and beyond, Schaal, B., Saxton, T., Loos, H., Soussignan, R., Durand, K. 8 Jun 2020, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

  • Amy Newman Facial composition, body language, and interpersonal judgements: individual differences in partner choice. Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 18/03/2020
  • Mark Ord The Bio-Social Influences Over Women’s Mate Choice Copying Start Date: 01/11/2012 End Date: 01/06/2018

  • Psychology PhD September 01 2005
  • MSc September 01 2004
  • French Literature BA September 01 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

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