Faculty of Health

Staff Projects

Understanding the function of cosmetic consumption in men and women
Enhancing the physical features of the face is an historic practice, although modern, Western, ideals of beauty encourage female cosmetic use while discouraging male cosmetic use. This project aims to uncover some of the evolutionary functions of cosmetic use, as a means of physical appearance enhancement, and to investigate whether cosmetic consumption serves similar functions in male and female users.

Researcher: Danielle Wagstaff
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The role of Schizotypal personality traits on the perception of sexual intent in others
Schizotypy is characterised by variations in cognitions about oneself and others. One feature of high schizotypy is the perception of intent where there is none. This study aims to explore whether variation in schizotypy also affects the perception of sexual intent in others, and how this is moderated by cues to mating availability.

Researchers: Danielle Wagstaff and Dr George Van Doorn
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Exploring the association between sex, personality, and use of online dating sites and Location Based Real Time Dating (LBRTD) Applications
The study explores personality factors (narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism) and their role in predicting dating behaviour LBRTD Applications (e.g., Blendr, Grindr, Brenda and Tinder). Further, these  results will be compared to the dating behaviour of individuals who access online, paid dating sites (e.g., PlentyOfFish, OKCupid)

Researchers: Dr Evita March, Dr Rachel Grieve (University of Tasmania), Dr Peter Jonason (University of Western Sydney), Dr Jessica Marrington (University of Sunshine Coast)