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Biography

Since completing my PhD, I have conducted research and teaching in the UK, Malaysia and Australia, and my service roles focus on the internationalisation of research, the curriculum and the student body. I am a perceptual and evolutionary psychologist with a particular interest in person perception, and my teaching interests are in research methods, perception and evolutionary psychology.

Research interests

My research interests centre on person perception, which I currently approach from three different angles:

  • How is our underlying physiology and psychology reflected in our faces and bodies, how do we extract that information extracted by observers, and how accurate are the judgements we form by looking at people?
  • What are the perceptual mechanisms underpinning why some people see an inaccurate picture of their own body size and shape when they look in the mirror?
  • How does person perception differ cross-culturally?

Teaching

I currently convene the following units:

  • PSY351 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC439/739 Evolution of Social, Sexual and Emotional Behaviour

I currently teach on the following units:

  • PSYC105 Introduction to Psychology 2
  • PSY342 Perception 2
  • PSY350 The Psychology of Human Relationships

I have also previously taught Statistical Methods and Social Psychology.

Research student supervision

2014-

Wong Hoo Keat

The own-race bias in Malaysian face perception

Associate

PhD

2014-

Thaatsha Sivananthan

Cognitive mechanisms of face perception

Associate

PhD

2012-2016

Yvonne Teoh

Inferring surroundings from facial expressions

Associate

PhD

2011-2016

Lee Ai-Suan

The role of language and culture in face and scene processing and description strategies

Primary

PhD

2011-2015

Tan Kok Wei

Facial skin condition, health and perception in Malaysian Chinese

Primary

PhD

2010-2014

Chrystalle Tan

Face processing in Malaysian Chinese adults

Co

PhD

2018-

Supreet Saluja

The evolution of tactile aspects of disgust

Associate

MRes

2018-

Eva Tzschaschel

Posture, self-esteem and attractiveness

Primary

MRes

2017-2018

Joe Antar

Facial cues to sociosexuality

Primary

MRes

2017

Andrejs Enriques

Kin recognition and altruism

Primary

MRes

2014

Robyn Ordman

Detection thresholds for BMI and body composition

Associate

MRes - 2015

2017

Zoe Powell

Body shape correlates of body dissatisfaction

Primary

BPsych Hons

2017

Lewis Gould-Fensom

Cross and contingent adaptation to race in body size aftereffects

Primary

BPsych Hons

2016

Darby Salter

Directional imbalances in interracial relationships: the role of sex typicality

Primary

BPsych Hons

2016

Katie Hunter

Attention, body adaptation and body dissatisfaction

Primary

BPsych Hons

2015

Mary-Ellen Brierley

The effect of body fat and muscle mass on apparent health and attractiveness of bodies

Primary

BPsych Hons

2015

Chloe Bickersteth

The effect of attention on body size misperception

Primary

BPsych Hons

2014

Anusha Rajeswaran

Attachment and emotion recognition

Primary

BPsych Hons

2014

Holly Rogers

Influence of body composition on perception of body health and attractiveness

Primary

BPsych Hons

2013-2014

Wong Hoo Keat

The impact of eyetracking on eye movements

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2013-2014

Tan Wei Jeen

Modelling health in faces and bodies

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2013-2014

Aishath Ahmad

Detecting deception in faces

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2013-2014

Andy Teng

Emotional contagion or empathising? Investigating the transfer of emotions

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2013-2014

Anselm Chan

Does the perception of body image influence exercise behaviour?

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2012-2013

Chong Huey Tyan

Attention in deception detection

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2012-2013

Vivian Hiew

Modelling health in faces

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2011-2012

Kathleen Kang

Does the perception of body image influence exercise behaviour?

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2011-2012

Yvonne Teoh

Identifying Genuine and Masked Emotions in Dynamic Facial Expressions

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2011-2012

Treshi Perera

Judging the difference between health and attractiveness: Does media influence the judgements made by males and females?

Primary

BSc (Hons)

2009-2010

Angela McKeegan

Lip colour contrast affects perceptions of attractiveness and sexual dimorphism

Associate

BSc (Hons)

Research engagement

My research has been widely reported in the media. For example:

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of St Andrews

Biological Anthropology, MPhil, University of Cambridge

Human Sciences, BSc (Hons), University College London

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Skin Pigmentation Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Body Size Medicine & Life Sciences
Cues Medicine & Life Sciences
skin Earth & Environmental Sciences
skin (animal) Agriculture & Biology
color Agriculture & Biology
Color Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2009 2019

Experimental manipulation of visual attention affects body size adaptation but not body dissatisfaction

Stephen, I. D., Hunter, K., Sturman, D., Mond, J., Stevenson, R. J. & Brooks, K. R., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Eating Disorders. 52, 1, p. 79-87 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Body Size
Adiposity
Body Image

Body Perception Survey plugin

Roberts, M., Brooks, K., Mitchison, D., Stephen, I., Zhang, T. M. & Bashu, V. U., 27 Sep 2018

Research output: Non-traditional research outputSoftwareResearch

Sexual dimorphism and attractiveness in Asian and White faces

Stephen, I. D., Salter, D. L. H., Tan, K. W., Tan, C. B. Y. & Stevenson, R. J., 2018, In : Visual Cognition. 26, 6, p. 442-449 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sex Characteristics
Femininity
Attractiveness
Sexual Dimorphism
Asia

Short-term resource allocation during extensive athletic competition

Longman, D. P., Prall, S. P., Shattuck, E. C., Stephen, I. D., Stock, J. T., Wells, J. C. K. & Muehlenbein, M. P., 1 Jan 2018, In : American Journal of Human Biology. 30, 1, p. 1-11 11 p., e23052.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Resource Allocation
testosterone
resource allocation
sports
Sports

Skin texture and colour predict perceived health in Asian faces

Tan, K. W., Tiddeman, B. & Stephen, I. D., May 2018, In : Evolution and Human Behavior. 39, 3, p. 320-335 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Skin Pigmentation
skin
texture
color
Health