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Prof Thomas Pollet

Professor

Department: Psychology

Dr. Thomas Pollet obtained his Ph.D. at Newcastle University (UK). He has since worked as Assistant professor at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in the department of Evolutionary Social Psychology where he taught several courses on evolution and human behavior. He was also employed as Assistant Professor at the VU University Amsterdam (Social and Organizational Psychology) where he carried out teaching and research using an evolutionary framework. From November 2016 to July 2017 he worked for Universiteit Leiden. In July 2017, he took up a post as Associate Professor (Reader) with Northumbria University.

Campus Address

NB.165



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on understanding the wealth of social relationships people have (e.g., romantic relationships, friendships, family relationships) and understanding the role of individual differences (e.g., personality, height, hormones,…) for these social relationships from an interdisciplinary framework. To this end, I conduct survey, observational, and experimental studies, next to analysing secondary datasets. Furthermore, I am interested in (improving) methodology and statistics and frequently collaborate with others on diverse topics. 

Further information can be found at https://tvpollet.github.io/

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • An exploratory factor analysis of the Nerdy Personality Attributes Scale in a sample of self-identified nerds/geeks, Finister, C., Pollet, T., Neave, N. 22 Feb 2021, In: The Social Science Journal
  • Extraversion is associated with advice network size, but not network density or emotional closeness to network members, Malcolm, C., Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Roberts, S., Pollet, T. 1 Jan 2021, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Children aged 7–9 prefer cuteness in baby faces, and femininity in women's faces, Saxton, T., Pollet, T., Panagakis, J., Round, E., Brown, S., Lobmaier, J. Nov 2020, In: Ethology
  • Comedians’ trait level and stage personalities: Evidence for goal-directed personality adaptation, Irwing, P., Cook, C., Pollet, T., Hughes, D. 1 Apr 2020, In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Does ‘Scientists believe…’ imply ‘All scientists believe...’? Individual differences in the interpretation of generic news headlines, Haigh, M., Birch, H., Pollet, T. 23 Nov 2020, In: Collabra: Psychology
  • Engagement with fat talk as a function of social comparison and body image concerns: Two replication studies support main effects but do not support an interaction effect, Cornelissen, K., Pollet, T., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P., Dawson, S. 17 Jun 2020, In: PsyArXiv
  • Experienced demand does not affect subsequent sleep and the cortisol awakening response, Elder, G., Wetherell, M., Barclay, N., Ellis, J., Pollet, T. 30 Jul 2020, In: Nature and Science of Sleep
  • Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects: The importance of testing boundary effects, Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., Pollet, T. 1 Aug 2020, In: British Journal of Psychology
  • Jealousy as a Function of Rival Characteristics: Two large replication studies and meta-analyses support gender differences in reactions to rival attractiveness but not dominance, Pollet, T., Saxton, T. 1 Oct 2020, In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Referee height influences decision making in British football leagues, McCarrick, D., Brewer, G., Lyons, M., Pollet, T., Neave, N. Dec 2020, In: BMC psychology

PGR Supervision

Alexandra Thompson The association between egocentric social network factors and loneliness in older adults Start Date: 01/10/2018

Qualifications

Psychology PhD July 01 2009


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