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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. 

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


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 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
  • Parental preferences for the facial traits of their offspring's partners can enhance parental inclusive fitness, Lefevre, C., Saxton, T. Jul 2017, In: Evolution and Human Behavior
  • The economic costs of hoarding behaviours in local authority/housing association tenants and private home owners in the north-east of England, Neave, N., Caiazza, R., Hamilton, C., McInnes, L., Saxton, T., Deary, V., Wood, M. 1 Jul 2017, In: Public Health
  • A lover or a fighter? Opposing sexual selection pressures on men’s vocal pitch and facial hair, Saxton, T., Mackey, L., McCarty, K., Neave, N. Mar 2016, In: Behavioral Ecology
  • Experiences during specific developmental stages influence face preferences, Saxton, T. Jan 2016, In: Evolution and Human Behavior

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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