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Dr Tamsin Saxton

Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

amsin joined Northumbria University in the Department of Psychology in September 2012, following posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Abertay Dundee.

Tamsin is a behavioural scientist who takes an evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour. Her research programmes have spanned the development and nature of human mate choice judgements, the significance of biological traits in interpersonal perceptions, and the role of chemosignals in interpersonal interactions.

Tamsin is Deputy Head of the Psychology department, and responsible for the Psychology Thesis at MSc level.

Tamsin Saxton


  • Psychology PhD September 01 2005
  • MSc September 01 2004
  • French Literature BA September 01 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

Key Publications

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  • 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. 23 Jul 2020, In: Ethology
  • 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. 12 Aug 2020, In: Personality and Individual Differences
  • 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
  • Olfaction scaffolds the developing human from neonate to adolescent and beyond, Schaal, B., Saxton, T., Loos, H., Soussignan, R., Durand, K. 8 Jun 2020, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Can people detect ideological stance from facial photographs?, Saxton, T., Hart, S., Desai, L., Pollet, T. 17 Apr 2019, In: Human Ethology
  • How diverse are the samples used in the journals 'Evolution & Human Behavior' and 'Evolutionary Psychology'?, Pollet, T., Saxton, T. 1 Sep 2019, In: Evolutionary Psychological Science
  • Hungry people prefer larger bodies and objects, Saxton, T., McCarty, K., Caizley, J., McCarrick, D., Pollet, T. 2 Aug 2019, In: British Journal of Psychology
  • Measurement equivalence between men and women in the abbreviated Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults (SELSA)., Pollet, T., Saxton, T., Mitchell, M. Dec 2018, In: Interpersona
  • Facial resemblance between women's partners and brothers, Saxton, T., Steel, C., Rowley, K., Newman, A., Baguley, T. 1 Jul 2017, In: Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Optimal asymmetry and other motion parameters that characterise high-quality female dance, McCarty, K., Darwin, H., Cornelissen, P., Saxton, T., Tovée, M., Caplan, N., Neave, N. 9 Feb 2017, In: Scientific Reports

PGR Supervision

  • Amy Newman Facial composition, body language, and interpersonal judgements: individual differences in partner choice. Start: 01/10/2016
  • Mark Ord The Bio-Social Influences Over Women’s Mate Choice Copying Start: 01/11/2012


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