Christopher Watkins (PhD) Individual differences in dominance perceptions

I completed my PhD in December 2012 and started a permanent lectureship in Psychology at the University of Abertay in September 2012. My research investigated individual differences in dominance perceptions and mate choice. For example, a series of papers I published in Behavioral Ecology showed that differences in how men judge other men's dominance are linked to differences in their own dominance. Other work linked individual differences in mate preferences to environmental factors, such as the sex ratio of the local population and parasite stress. When I left the Face Research Lab, I had published nine first-authored papers.

Watkins Lab Webpage

Scientific Journal Articles

    2016

  1. Watkins CD & Jones BC (2016). Competition-related factors directly influence preferences for facial cues of dominance in allies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70(12): 2071-2079. doi: 10.1007/s00265-016-2211-2 [abstract»»]
  2. 2015

  3. Fruhen L, Watkins CD & Jones BC (2015). Perceptions of facial dominance, trustworthiness and attractiveness predict managerial pay awards in experimental tasks. Leadership Quarterly, 26(6): 1005-1016. [abstract»»]
  4. 2013

  5. Jones BC, Feinberg DR, Watkins CD, Fincher CL, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2013). Pathogen disgust predicts women’s preferences for masculinity in men’s voices, faces, and bodies. Behavioral Ecology, 24: 373-379. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars173
  6. Jones BC, Fincher CL, Welling LLM, Little AC, Feinberg DR, Watkins CD, Al-Dujaili EAS & DeBruine LM (2013). Salivary cortisol and pathogen disgust predict men’s preferences for feminine shape cues in women’s faces. Biological Psychology, 92(2): 233-240. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.11.014 [abstract»»]
  7. Tinlin RM, Watkins CD, Welling LLM, DeBruine LM, Al-Dujaili EAS & Jones BC (2013). Perceived facial adiposity conveys information about women’s health. British Journal of Psychology, 104(2): 235-248. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2012.02117.x [abstract»»]
  8. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Feinberg DR & Jones BC (2013). A sex difference in the context-sensitivity of dominance perceptions. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(5): 366-372. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2013.06.004 [abstract»»]
  9. 2012

  10. Quist M, Watkins CD, Smith FG, Little AC, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2012). Sociosexuality predicts women's preferences for symmetry in men's faces. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41(6): 1415-1421. doi: 10.1007/s10508-011-9848-8 [abstract»»]
  11. Watkins CD, Jones BC, Little AC, DeBruine LM & Feinberg DR (2012). Cues to the sex ratio of the local population influence women’s preferences for facial symmetry. Animal Behaviour, 83(2): 545-553. doi: doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.12.002 [abstract»»]
  12. Watkins CD, Quist M, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2012). Individual differences in women’s perceptions of other women’s dominance. European Journal of Personality, 26(1): 79-86. doi: 10.1002/per.837 [abstract»»]
  13. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Little AC, Feinberg DR & Jones BC (2012). Priming concerns about pathogen threat versus resource scarcity: Dissociable effects on women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness and dominance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66(12): 1549-1556. [abstract»»]
  14. Watkins CD & Jones BC (2012). Priming men with different contest outcomes modulates their dominance perceptions. Behavioral Ecology, 23(3): 539-543. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arr221 [abstract»»]
  15. Watkins CD (2012). Reproductive ambition predicts partnered, but not unpartnered, women’s preferences for masculine men. British Journal of Psychology, 103(3): 317-329. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02076.x [abstract»»]
  16. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Little AC & Jones BC (2012). Social support influences preferences for feminine facial cues in potential social partners. Experimental Psychology, 59(6): 340-347. [abstract»»]
  17. 2011

  18. DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Watkins CD, Roberts SC, Little AC, Smith FG & 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 [abstract»»]
  19. Fraccaro PJ, Jones BC, Vukovic J, Smith FG, Watkins CD, Feinberg DR, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2011). Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(1): 57-67. doi: 10.1556/JEP.9.2011.33.1 [abstract»»]
  20. Jones BC, Little AC, Watkins CD, Welling LLM & DeBruine LM (2011). Reported sexual desire predicts men's preferences for sexually dimorphic cues in women’s faces. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(6): 1281-1285. doi: 10.1007/s10508-010-9721-1 [abstract»»]
  21. Jones BC, DeBruine LM, Little AC, Watkins CD & Feinberg DR (2011). ‘Eavesdropping’ and perceived male dominance rank in humans. Animal Behaviour, 81(6): 1203-1208. [abstract»»]
  22. Quist M, Watkins CD, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. Personality and Individual Differences, 50: 1089-1093. [abstract»»]
  23. Watkins CD (2011). Dominant themes. The Psychologist, 24(7): 550-551. [abstract»»]
  24. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Smith FG, Jones BC, Vukovic J & Fraccaro PJ (2011). Like father, like self: Emotional closeness to father predicts women's preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex faces. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(1): 70-75. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.09.001 [abstract»»]
  25. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Little AC, Feinberg DR, Fraccaro PJ & Jones BC (2011). Perceptions of partner femininity predict individual differences in men's sensitivity to facial cues of male dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(1): 69-82. doi: 10.1556/JEP.9.2011.10.1 [abstract»»]
  26. 2010

  27. Fraccaro PJ, Feinberg DR, DeBruine LM, Little AC, Watkins CD & Jones BC (2010). Correlated male preferences for femininity in female faces and voices. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(3): 447-461. [abstract»»]
  28. Watkins CD, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (2010). Individual differences in dominance perception: Dominant men are less sensitive to facial cues of male dominance. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(8): 967-971. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.08.006 [abstract»»]
  29. Watkins CD, Fraccaro PJ, Smith FG, Vukovic J, Feinberg DR, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2010). Taller men are less sensitive to cues of dominance in other men. Behavioral Ecology, 21(5): 943-947. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arq091 [abstract»»]

Conference Presentations

    2012

  1. Watkins CD & Jones BC (2012). Priming men with different contest outcomes modulates their dominance perceptions. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. June 2012.
  2. 2011

  3. DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Watkins CD, Roberts SC, Little AC, Smith FG & Quist M (2011). Domain specificity in the effects of opposite-sex siblings on attitudes to cues of kinship. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France. June 2011.
  4. Quist M, Watkins CD, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women's dominance. Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group in University of Abertay, Dundee. May 2011. [abstract»»]
  5. Watkins CD, Jones BC, Little AC, DeBruine LM & Feinberg DR (2011). Cues to the sex ratio of the local population influence women’s preferences for facial symmetry. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France. June 2011.
  6. Watkins CD, Quist M, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2011). Individual differences in women's perceptions of other women's dominance. Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to Behaviour Research Group in University of Abertay, Dundee. May 2011. [abstract»»]

Posters

    2013

  1. Fincher CL, DeBruine LM, Watkins CD, Little AC & Jones BC (2013). Experimental tests of mate preferences predict real-world mate choice. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Amsterdam, Netherlands. March 2013. [abstract»»]
  2. 2012

  3. (249 kB) DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Watkins CD, Roberts SC, Little AC, Smith FG & Quist M (2012). Opposite-sex siblings decrease attraction, but not prosocial attributions, to self-resembling opposite-sex faces. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Durham, UK. March 2012. [abstract»»]
  4. DeBruine LM, Fincher CL, Watkins CD, Little AC & Jones BC (2012). Preference versus Choice: Do face preferences predict actual partner choice? Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. June 2012.
  5. (591 kB) Tinlin RM, Watkins CD, Welling LLM, DeBruine LM, Al-Dujaili EAS & Jones BC (2012). Perceived facial adiposity conveys information about women's health. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. June 2012. [abstract»»]
  6. 2011

  7. (603 kB) Quist M, Watkins CD, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Giessen, Germany. March 2011.
  8. Quist M, Watkins CD, Smith FG, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France. June 2011.
  9. (867 kB) Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Smith FG, Jones BC, Vukovic J & Fraccaro PJ (2011). Like Father, Like Self. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Giessen, Germany. March 2011. [abstract»»]
  10. 2010

  11. Fraccaro PJ, Jones BC, Vukovic J, Smith FG, Watkins CD, Feinberg DR, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2010). Women's voice pitch changes when viewing attractive men. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon. June 2010. [abstract»»]
  12. Watkins CD, Fraccaro PJ, Smith FG, Vukovic J, Feinberg DR, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2010). Are taller men less sensitive to cues of dominance in other men? European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Wroclaw, Poland. March 2010.
  13. Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Smith FG, Jones BC, Vukovic J & Fraccaro PJ (2010). Like father, like self: Emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women's preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon. June 2010. [abstract»»]

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