School of Health and Life Sciences

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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Online behaviour: sexuality, personality, and mating

In this project we are interested in exploring the kinds of personality traits and sexual strategies that can predict differences in online behaviour. Specifically, we are interested in whether the sending and receiving of explicit images might be predicted by these factors.

Researchers: Dr Evita March and Dr Danielle Wagstaff
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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)

Recent staff publications

March, E., Grieve, R., Marrington, J., & Jonason, P. K. (2017). Trolling on Tinder® (and other dating apps): Examining the role of the Dark Tetrad and impulsivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 110, 139-143.

March, E., Van Doorn, G., Grieve, R. (under review). Netflix and chill? What sex differences can tell us about mate preferences in (hypothetical) booty-call relationships

Wagstaff, D.L. & Van Doorn (under review). The effect of schizotypy on the relationship between women's red clothing and perceived sexual interest.

Wagstaff, D.L. & Van Doorn (under review). Schizotypy and sociosexual orientation, sexual intent perception, and mating success.