Dr. Danielle Wagstaff

Phone: (03) 53226247
Email: d.wagstaff@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W269, Churchill, Gippsland
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


BSc Newcastle; BPsych (Hons) Newcastle; PhD Newcastle

Teaching areas

Introduction to Psychology

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Social Psychology

Forensic Behavioural Science

Professional associations

Human Behaviour and Evolution Society

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association

Research interests

My research investigates the processes that assist us in navigating the dating and mating world. This broadly encompasses mating preferences, attention allocation, non-verbal communication patterns, and perceptions of mate quality, as well as competitive tactics. Specifically, I am interested in the use of cosmetics and clothing as a mate attraction and intra-sexual competition tactic, and the effects of personality traits on mating preferences and mating strategies.

Current projects

The function of cosmetic consumption in men and women.

Online behaviour: personality, sexuality and mating.

The effect of schizotypy on mating strategies


Wagstaff, Sulikowski and Burke (2015). Sex differences in preference for looking at the face or body in short-term and long-term mating contexts. Evolution, Mind and Behaviour, DOI: 10.1556/2050.2015.0003

Conference presentations

Wagstaff, Makin, Sulikowski and Burke (2015). Further evidence that women dress to impress: Naturalistic observations and mating motivations. Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, April 2015

Wagstaff, Sulikowski and Burke (2015). Men's attention to female faces and bodies is a function of context: an eye-tracking study. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference, April 2015

Wagstaff, Sulikowski, Makin & Burke (2015).Human female sexual signalling: hormones, physiology and behaviour. Behaviour Conference, August 2015

Wagstaff & Burke (2013). Do women know what men want? Perceptions of opposite-sex allocation of resources to aid mate selection Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, April 2013