Welcome to the offical website of the Welsh Evolutionary Psychology Network (WEPN). WEPN is a research collaboration between evolutionary-minded psychologists currently working in Wales, United Kingdom.
08/06/2019 - Research on Singlehood
Dr Thomas and Dr O are is currently running an online study into Singlehood alongside Dr Menelaos Aspostolou (University of Nicosia). The study aims to investigate the many reasons why are single and whether these differ cross-culturally. The questionnaire can be found here if you would like to participate.
01/06/2019 - WEPN at HBES
Two members of WEPN recently presented papers at the 31st Annual Human Behavior & Evolution Society Conference in Boston, MA. Dr Greengross gave an entertaining talk about his meta-analysis on humour (Sex differences in humor production ability - a meta-analysis) and Dr Thomas presented results of his recent study on cross-cultural similarities in mate priorities (East meets West in mate preferences, except when it doesn't: An international budget-allocation study.).
16/03/2019 - Website launched
The offical website of the Welsh Evolutionary Psychology Network (WEPN) has been launched. Please check back regularly for updates.
26/02/2019 - How do fake reviews take hold?
Dr Thomas appeared on the BBC Wales show X-Ray. In the show, comedian Omar Hamdi investigated the undergroun trade in fake online reviews. Dr Thomas added his expertise on how fake reviews take advantage of weaknesses in human decision making.
02/01/2019 - Is SAD in the eye of the beholder?
Prof. Workman’s research into the notion that blue eye pigment arose as an adaptation to counter seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in people living at northern latitudes has been featured in the national and international press recently. He was interviewed by BBC World Service about this research and his follow up conversation article attracted more than 100,000 reads.
01/01/2019 - Grant awarded for research into the evolutionary underpinnings of harassment
Dr Thomas has been awarded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) from the European Union (£14,587). The scholarship, which is partially funded by the Welsh Government, will be used to fund a MSc by Research student to develop a sexual harassment intervention grounded in evolutionary psychological theory. The research is being co-supervised by Prof. Jason Davies, Swansea University.
14/11/2018 - How humour can change your relationship
05/10/2018 - Modesty at the BBC
Dr O's article Cross-cultural regularities in the cognitive architecture of pride covered by BBC Future in a piece called Why we shoudn't be too modest. You can read the piece here.
09/05/2018 - Humour may not be so good for your health after all
Did you know that improv artists may be more susceptable to infections than others? Dr Greengross has a new article in The Conversation discussing some of the lesser known, darker, associations of humour. You can read the piece here.