• 5994 Citations
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1993 …2021
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Personal profile


I completed my BSc(Hons) in Biological Science at the University of London, and my MSc and DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex.  I then worked in various post-doctoral positions at CSIRO Food Science, the University of Sydney Department of Psychology and at the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.  I started as a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University in 1998, and became a Professor in the Department in 2010.

Research interests

My primary interests relate to food and eating, evolutionary psychology, and applied experimental psychology. My current projects are varied: Regulation of food intake and obesity, Food preferences, Food cravings, Body image, Junk food, Naturalness, Disgust, Stigmatisation, Time perception, Microdosing, Multisensory perception, Hallucinations, Imagery, Chemosensory perception and 'Voodoo' science. 

Research student supervision

I have supervised alone or together, a range of projects, including studies on epilepsy, multisensory perception, synesthesia, hallucinations, nutritional neuroscience, managing child behavior, food cravings, phobias and disgust.  All of these projects have used a myriad of different populations and approaches - neuroimaging, neuropsychology, experimental methods, developmental psychology, surveys, interviews and clinical trials.

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 1993 2019

A brief diet intervention can reduce symptoms of depression in young adults – A randomised controlled trial

Francis, H. M., Stevenson, R. J., Chambers, J. R., Gupta, D., Newey, B. & Lim, C. K., 9 Oct 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 10, p. 1-17 17 p., e0222768.

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Open Access
young adults
signs and symptoms (animals and humans)
Young Adult
Randomized Controlled Trials

A proximal perspective on disgust

Stevenson, R. J., Case, T. I., Oaten, M. J., Stafford, L. & Saluja, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Emotion Review. 11, 3, p. 209-225 17 p.

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A systematic study of microdosing psychedelics

Polito, V. & Stevenson, R. J., 6 Feb 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 2, p. 1-26 26 p., e0211023.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
mental health
acute effects
residual effects

Do single men smell and look different to partnered men?

Mahmut, M. K. & Stevenson, R. J., 13 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, FEB, p. 1-9 9 p., 261.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Human Body

Do women love their partner's smell? Exploring women's preferences for and identification of male partner and non-partner body odor

Mahmut, M. K., Stevenson, R. J. & Stephen, I., 15 Oct 2019, In : Physiology and Behavior. 210, p. 1-6 6 p., 112517.

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