Dr Tamsin Saxton

Associate Professor
Department: Psychology

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

HLS Tamsin Saxton Staffprofile 255 She is the module leader for the 'Individual Differences' and 'Evolutionary Psychology' courses at undergraduate level, and for the Psychology Thesis at MSc level.



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Tamsin completed her PhD on individual differences in human mate choice, investigating aspects of human attraction from biological and evolutionary perspectives. Past and current research includes the contribution of the face and voice to our assessments of others; hormonal influences, including the menstrual cycle, on attraction and relationship behaviour; the changes and development of interpersonal judgements during childhood and adolescence; how visual experience shapes judgements of attractiveness; and the role of odour and chemosignals in human interactions.

Key Publications

Saxton, T.K. (2016). Experiences during specific developmental stages influence face preferences. Evolution and Human Behavior. 

Saxton, T.K., Mackey, L., & McCarty, K. (2016). A lover or a fighter? Opposing sexual selection pressures on men’s vocal pitch and facial hair. Behavioral Ecology. 

Burriss, R.P., Troscianko, J., Lovell, P.G., Fulford, A. J. C., Stevens, M., Quigley, R., Payne, J., Saxton, T.K., Rowland, H.M. 2015. Changes in women’s facial skin color over the ovulatory cycle are not detectable by the human visual system. PLOS ONE, 10(7), e0130093. 

Saxton, T.K., Little, A.C., DeBruine, L.M., Jones, B.C. & Roberts, S.C. 2009. Face and voice attractiveness judgments change during adolescence. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30(6), 398-408. 

Saxton, T.K., Little, A.C., Rowland, H., Gao, T. & Roberts, S.C. 2009. Trade-offs between markers of absolute and relative quality in human facial preferences. Behavioral Ecology, 20(5), 1133-1137. 

Saxton, T.K., Little, A.C., DeBruine, L.M., Jones, B.C. & Roberts, S.C. 2009. Adolescents' preferences for sexual dimorphism are influenced by relative exposure to male and female faces. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 864-868.


Further Information


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