Faculty of Health

Danielle Wagstaff

Phone: (03) 5122 6247
Email: d.wagstaff@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W269, Churchill, Gippsland
Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


BSc Newcastle ; BPsych (Hons) Newcastle

Teaching areas

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Professional associations

  • Human Behaviour and Evolution Society
  • Europeah Human Behaviour and Evolution Association

Research interests

My research investigates human behaviour patterns leading to successful mate choice, sex differences in these patterns, and their physiological and hormonal correlates. This broadly encompasses face preferences, attention allocation, nonverbal communication patterns, and self-perceptions of mate quality, considering these questions from the perspective that they are evolved adaptations. So, for example, I investigate how individual differences and hormonal contraceptive use affect judgements about other's attractiveness, judgements of our own worth as a potential romantic or sexual partner, and our use of various tactics to attract others.

I am particularly interested in changes in relationship dynamics, face preferences, attraction tactics, etc., across the lifespan, and the impact that hormonal contraceptive use, relationship initiation or dissolution, and childbirth may have on these.


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