Short CV/Education and training

  • Employment History

  • 2004 – 2006
    NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, UK

  • 2006 – 2010
    Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK

  • 2010 – 2012
    Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, UK

  • Academic Qualifications

  • 1994 – 1998
    Bachelor of Science, Biological Psychology & Anthropological Zoology, University of Michigan, USA

  • 1998 – 2000
    Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Michigan, USA

  • 1998 – 2000
    Master of Science, Biology, University of Michigan, USA

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD, Psychology, McMaster University, Canada

Selected publications

  • DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Watkins, C. D., Roberts, S. C., Little, A. C., Smith, F. G. & Quist, M. (2011). Opposite-sex siblings decrease attraction, but not prosocial attributions, to self-resembling opposite-sex faces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(28): 11710-11714. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1105919108

  • DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Crawford, J. R., Welling, L. L. M. & Little, A. C. (2010). The health of a nation predicts their mate preferences: Cross-cultural variation in women's preferences for masculinized male faces. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277(1692): 2405-2410. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2184

  • DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Tybur, J. M., Lieberman, D. & Griskevicius, V. (2010). Women's preferences for masculinity in male faces are predicted by pathogen disgust, but not moral or sexual disgust. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(1): 69-74. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2009.09.003

  • DeBruine, L. M. (2009). Beyond “just-so stories”: How evolutionary theories led to predictions that non-evolution-minded researchers would never dream of. The Psychologist, 22(11): 930-931.

  • DeBruine, L. M. (2005). Trustworthy but not lust-worthy: Context-specific effects of facial resemblance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 272: 919-922. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2004.3003

  • DeBruine, L. M. (2002). Facial resemblance enhances trust. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 269(1498): 1307-1312. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2002.2034

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • How do humans recognise kin?, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), 2015- 2020

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Young Academy of Scotland (former co-chair)

  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society (council member and comminucations chair)

  • European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (communications chair)

Media coverage

  • In 2015, the Royal Society of London chose an exhibit on which I am the lead to be one of 22 presentations at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, the UK’s most prestigious public science event. This was the only exhibit led by a Scottish institution. We have since been invited to present the exhibit at an event hosted by the Scottish Science Minister for MSPs and representatives from senior universities, research institutes, professional societies, science centres and festivals.


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