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Department of Psychology


Dr Lynda Boothroyd, BA MSc PhD

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Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43289
Room number: L72

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Dr Lynda Boothroyd is Associate Professor of Psychology, and chairs the Social, Evolutionary and Affective Psychology research group at Durham University. She has spent 16 years researching both human lifehistory theory and interpersonal attraction with a particular interest in facial masculinity. She has recently focused on body ideals in rural Nicaragua alongside experimental work both in the laboratory and in the field on the impacts of visual experience on body size preferences. She has a multidisciplinary approach to her research, incorporating perspectives from Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Biological Anthropology, and has incorporated a mixed-methods component in her current work. In addition, she is a trainer for ‘Succeed’– the UK edition of an international preventative body image programme – and has trained students at Durham and Newcastle in being peer leaders on this programme.

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Research Interests

  • Attraction
  • Body size preferences
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Facial masculinity
  • Father absence theory

Teaching Areas

  • Classic Papers in Applied Psychology

  • Human Evolutionary Psychology

  • Introduction to Psychology 2 (Social Psychology)

  • Social and Developmental Psychology

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  • Evolution: The way in which evolution has shaped what kind of faces we are attracted to.
  • Perception / attractiveness: The way in which evolution has shaped what kind of faces we are attracted to.
  • Perception / attractiveness: The development of facial preferences in children and adults
  • Evolution: Family influences of puberty and sexual development.
  • Psychology: Family influences of puberty and sexual development.
  • Psychology: The relationship bewteen hormones (such as testosterone), behaviour and physical traits in men and women
  • Psychology: Cross-cultural influences on preferences for body size

Selected Grants

  • 2013: Impact of media access and local ecology on beauty ideals in Nicaragua (£197663.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2010: Perceptions of facial attractiveness across development (£75326.79 from ESRC)
  • 2010: The experimental study of cultural transmission: When and who do people copy (£4400.00 from European Commission)
  • 2010: Visual Media Influence on Behaviour (£23401.17 from EOARD)
  • 2009: Pubertal testosterone as a predictor of adult male craniofacial dimorphism in humans (£1440.00 from The Nuffield Foundation)
  • 2004: FATHER ABSENCE AND CHILDHOOD (£28184.25 from ESRC)