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

    In Press

  1. L Fruhen, CD Watkins & BC Jones (in press). Perceptions of facial attractiveness, dominance and trustworthiness predict managerial pay awarded in experimental tasks. Leadership Quarterly . [abstract»»]
  2. CD Watkins & BC Jones (in press). Competition-related factors directly influence preferences for facial cues of dominance in allies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology . doi: 10.1007/s00265-016-2211-2 [abstract»»]
  3. 2013

  4. BC Jones, DR Feinberg, CD Watkins, CL Fincher, AC Little & LM DeBruine (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
  5. BC Jones, CL Fincher, LLM Welling, AC Little, DR Feinberg, CD Watkins, EAS Al-Dujaili & LM DeBruine (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»»]
  6. RM Tinlin, CD Watkins, LLM Welling, LM DeBruine, EAS Al-Dujaili & BC Jones (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»»]
  7. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, DR Feinberg & BC Jones (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»»]
  8. 2012

  9. M Quist, CD Watkins, FG Smith, AC Little, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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»»]
  10. CD Watkins, BC Jones, AC Little, LM DeBruine & DR Feinberg (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»»]
  11. CD Watkins, M Quist, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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»»]
  12. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, AC Little, DR Feinberg & BC Jones (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»»]
  13. CD Watkins & BC Jones (2012). Priming men with different contest outcomes modulates their dominance perceptions. Behavioral Ecology, 23(3): 539-543. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arr221 [abstract»»]
  14. CD Watkins (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»»]
  15. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, AC Little & BC Jones (2012). Social support influences preferences for feminine facial cues in potential social partners. Experimental Psychology, 59(6): 340-347. [abstract»»]
  16. 2011

  17. LM DeBruine, BC Jones, CD Watkins, SC Roberts, AC Little, FG Smith & M Quist (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»»]
  18. PJ Fraccaro, BC Jones, J Vukovic, FG Smith, CD Watkins, DR Feinberg, AC Little & LM DeBruine (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»»]
  19. BC Jones, AC Little, CD Watkins, LLM Welling & LM DeBruine (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»»]
  20. BC Jones, LM DeBruine, AC Little, CD Watkins & DR Feinberg (2011). ‘Eavesdropping’ and perceived male dominance rank in humans. Animal Behaviour, 81(6): 1203-1208. [abstract»»]
  21. M Quist, CD Watkins, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. Personality and Individual Differences, 50: 1089-1093. [abstract»»]
  22. CD Watkins (2011). Dominant themes. The Psychologist, 24(7): 550-551. [abstract»»]
  23. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, FG Smith, BC Jones, J Vukovic & PJ Fraccaro (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»»]
  24. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, AC Little, DR Feinberg, PJ Fraccaro & BC Jones (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»»]
  25. 2010

  26. PJ Fraccaro, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine, AC Little, CD Watkins & BC Jones (2010). Correlated male preferences for femininity in female faces and voices. Evolutionary Psychology, 8(3): 447-461. [abstract»»]
  27. CD Watkins, BC Jones & LM DeBruine (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»»]
  28. CD Watkins, PJ Fraccaro, FG Smith, J Vukovic, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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. CD Watkins & BC Jones (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. LM DeBruine, BC Jones, CD Watkins, SC Roberts, AC Little, FG Smith & M Quist (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. M Quist, CD Watkins, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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. CD Watkins, BC Jones, AC Little, LM DeBruine & DR Feinberg (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. CD Watkins, M Quist, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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. CL Fincher, LM DeBruine, CD Watkins, AC Little & BC Jones (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) LM DeBruine, BC Jones, CD Watkins, SC Roberts, AC Little, FG Smith & M Quist (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. LM DeBruine, CL Fincher, CD Watkins, AC Little & BC Jones (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) RM Tinlin, CD Watkins, LLM Welling, LM DeBruine, EAS Al-Dujaili & BC Jones (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) M Quist, CD Watkins, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Giessen, Germany. March 2011.
  8. M Quist, CD Watkins, FG Smith, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (2011). Facial masculinity is a cue to women’s dominance. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Montpellier, France. June 2011.
  9. (867 kB) CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, FG Smith, BC Jones, J Vukovic & PJ Fraccaro (2011). Like Father, Like Self. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association in Giessen, Germany. March 2011. [abstract»»]
  10. 2010

  11. PJ Fraccaro, BC Jones, J Vukovic, FG Smith, CD Watkins, DR Feinberg, AC Little & LM DeBruine (2010). Women's voice pitch changes when viewing attractive men. Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon. June 2010. [abstract»»]
  12. CD Watkins, PJ Fraccaro, FG Smith, J Vukovic, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine & BC Jones (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. CD Watkins, LM DeBruine, FG Smith, BC Jones, J Vukovic & PJ Fraccaro (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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