Andrew G. Thomas, PhD
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Dr Andrew G. Thomas has established himself as a prominent researcher in the field of evolutionary psychology, with a primary focus on the intricate aspects of human mating behavior. Through a series of empirical investigations and cross-cultural studies, he has contributed significantly to our understanding of mate preferences, sexual psychology, and the impact of evolutionary factors on these phenomena.

Notably, Andrew's work has placed a particular emphasis on the exploration of problematic mating behaviors. His studies on sexual double standards, partner suitability appraisals, and the psychology of involuntary celibacy (incels) shed light on the complexities of contemporary mating dynamics. By delving into these issues, Andrew addresses critical societal discussions surrounding sex, sexual attitudes, and relationships.

His research is characterized by a thoughtful blend of methodologies, incorporating experiments, cross-cultural comparisons, and secondary analysis of big data. This methodological diversity allows Dr Thomas to tackle research questions from multiple angles, providing a comprehensive view of the intricate interplay between evolutionary influences and modern mating behaviors.

Andrew's collaborations with renowned scholars in the field underscore his commitment to advancing the understanding of evolutionary psychology. By examining the effects of sex differences, sociosexuality, and individual histories on mating preferences, his work offers valuable insights into the nuances of human behavior, contributing significantly to both academic discourse and broader societal conversations.

Prospective research students

Andrew is currently available for PhD and MSc by Research supervision at Swansea University, UK. When available, fully funded studentships will be advertised on Twitter and the (Swansea University website). Students who would like to self-fund or have external scholarships/studentships should contact Andrew directly.

Selected references

Below are a select list of references. You can find all of Andrew's work by visiting his Google Scholar page.

Kennair, L. E. O., Thomas, A. G., Buss, D. M., & Bendixen, M. (2023). Examining the Sexual Double Standards and Hypocrisy in Partner Suitability Appraisals Within a Norwegian Sample. Evolutionary Psychology, 21(1), 14747049231165687.

Jonason, P. K., & Thomas, A. G. (2022). Being more educated and earning more increases romantic interest: Data from 1.8 M online daters from 24 nations. Human Nature, 33(2), 115-131.

Costello, W., Rolon, V., Thomas, A. G., & Schmitt, D. (2022). Levels of well-being among men who are incel (Involuntarily Celibate). Evolutionary Psychological Science, 8(4), 375-390.

Thomas, A. G., Stone, B., Bennett, P., Stewart-Williams, S., & Kennair, L. E. O. (2021). Sex differences in voyeuristic and exhibitionistic interests: Exploring the mediating roles of sociosexuality and sexual compulsivity from an evolutionary perspective. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50(5), 2151-2162.

Thomas, A. G., Jonason, P. K., Blackburn, J. D., Kennair, L. E. O., Lowe, R., Malouff, J., . . . Li, N. P. (2020). Mate preference priorities in the East and West: A cross-cultural test of the mate preference priority model. J Pers, 88(3), 606-620. doi:10.1111/jopy.12514

Thomas, A. G., & Stewart-Williams, S. (2018). Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(1), 82-93. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.10.004

Stewart-Williams, S., Butler, C. A., & Thomas, A. G. (2017). Sexual History and Present Attractiveness: People Want a Mate With a Bit of a Past, But Not Too Much. J Sex Res, 54(9), 1097-1105. doi:10.1080/00224499.2016.1232690

Stewart-Williams, S., & Thomas, A. G. (2013). The Ape That Thought It Was a Peacock: Does Evolutionary Psychology Exaggerate Human Sex Differences? Psychological Inquiry, 24(3), 137-168. doi:10.1080/1047840x.2013.804899

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