Andrew George Thomas, PhD.

Recent News

13/10/2019 - Mate preference priorities in the media

Andrew's recent work on mate preference priorities has been picked up by over 30 media outlets, including TIME magazine:

08/09/2019 - Mate preferences priorities across the globe.

Andrew's recent research into the universal nature of mate preference prioritisation has been recently published in the Journal of Personality. The research (n = 2,477) considers what students from the UK, Norway, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore prioritise in a long-term partner. You can find it here.

08/06/2019 - Research on Singlehood

Andrew is currently running an online study into Singlehood along side Dr Menelaos Aspostolou (University of Nicosia) and Dr Jaiqing O (Aberystwyth University). The study aims to investigate the many reasons why are single and whether these differ cross-culturally. The questionnaire can be found here if you would like to participate.

01/06/2019 - Andrew at HBES

Andrew recently presented a conference paper at the 31st Annual Human Behavior & Evolution Society Conference in Boston, MA. The talk presented the results of Andrew's recent study entitled "East meets West in mate preferences, except when it doesn't: An international budget-allocation study." which is currently in the peer-review process.

16/03/2019 - WEPN launched
The offical website of the Welsh Evolutionary Psychology Network (WEPN) has been launched. WEPN is a research collaboration between evolutionary-minded psychologists currently working in Wales, United Kingdom.

26/02/2019 - How do fake reviews take hold?
Dr Thomas appeared on the BBC Wales show X-Ray. In the show, comedian Omar Hamdi investigated the undergroun trade in fake online reviews. Dr Thomas added his expertise on how fake reviews take advantage of weaknesses in human decision making.

01/01/2019 - Grant awarded for research into the evolutionary underpinnings of harassment
Dr Thomas has been awarded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) from the European Union (£14,587). The scholarship, which is partially funded by the Welsh Government, will be used to fund a MSc by Research student to develop a sexual harassment intervention grounded in evolutionary psychological theory. The research is being co-supervised by Prof. Jason Davies, Swansea University.

30/11/2018 - MSc scholarship on offer
Andrew currently has an MSc by Research scholarship on offer. The student will research harrassment in non-criminal populations using evolutionary psychological theories and will be co-supervised by clinical and forensic psychologist Prof. Jason Davies. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, a stipend, and research/travel budget. Applications close on 10/12/2018 and the studentship starts at the beginning of January. For more information click here.

08/07/2018 - "Lowering Partner Standards in a Short-Term Mating Context"
Andrew's new entry on partner standards in the Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science is out now. The section describes the phenomenon whereby mate standards (particularly male) drop in short-term, relative to long-term, mating contexts. Find the entry here.

29/05/2018 - New Encyclopedia entry coming soon
Andrew has been invited to write a section on mating behaviour for Todd Shackelford and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford's Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. The section describes the phenomenon whereby mate standards (particularly male) drop in short-term, relative to long-term, mating contexts.

18/05/2018 - Coming soon: Steve’s second book, The Ape That Understood the Universe
Andrew's PhD supervisor Dr Steve Stewart-Williams has a new book coming soon. Some prominant academics, who have been given a first look, have some promising things to say! The book can be pre-ordered here (US) or here (UK):

“An eloquent and elegant exploration of human nature in the light of evolution, illuminating many modern social and political dilemmas.”
-Matt Ridley, author of ‘The Red Queen’ and ‘Nature via Nurture’

“A twenty-first-century successor to The Selfish Gene.”
-Lance Workman, co-author of ‘Evolutionary Psychology: An Introduction’

“Stewart-Williams is an exceptionally good writer, a witty and learned guide through challenging but exciting terrain… Read this book for its literary grace, and learn along the way why you are an ape that can understand the universe.”
-Todd Shackelford, Oakland University

26/01/2018 - Research on flexible mating strategies? It's about TIME
Andrew and Steve's latest research article has been picked up by over 30 media outlets, including TIME magazine:

22/01/2018 - Let's have a conversation about mating strategies
Andrew has written a new piece for The Conversation based on his recent article Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables. The piece is an accessible introduction to the idea that humans hold separate preferences for both long- and short-term relationships, and that these preferences can be experimentally manipulated.

20/10/2017 - Mating Flexibility in the Laboratory
Andrew and Steve's latest article has recently been published in Evolution and Human Behavior. The article presents three experiments which demonstrate that short-term and long-term mating preferences can be affected by exposure to the evolutionarily relevant cues (e.g. parental care, resource abundance, and danger.)

03/12/2016 - Our Research Covered in Broadly
Broadly has an excellent writeup of our recent research on the sexual double standard and how people's sexual history affects their attractiveness.

11/11/2016 - Our Research Covered in Discover Magazine
Discover magazine has a brief piece our new article, "Sexual History and Present Attractiveness: People Want a Mate with a Bit of a Past, But Not Too Much."

03/11/2016 - New Paper on How Sexual History Affects People's Attractiveness
Our paper "Sexual History and Present Attractiveness: People Want a Mate with a Bit of a Past, But Not Too Much," is now in print.

25/08/2016 - New Paper on Testosterone and Hand-Grip Strength in Men
Our paper, "Is salivary cortisol moderating the relationship between salivary testosterone and hand-grip strength in healthy men?" is now in print.