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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542345

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
Social and Developmental Psychology
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Applying Psychology to the Real World
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods
Positive Psychology


My main interests are in the empirical and theoretical application of evolutionary theory to explain human behaviour and psychological processes. This includes areas such as how cooperation has evolved in humans, particularly in response to different social situations and pressures. I am also interested in how social factors, including different life-history variables such as relationship status, influence male competitive behaviour and also levels of circulating testosterone. I am also interested in emotional intelligence, including its links with other personality traits and its application to different occupational and health settings.



Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies




Farrelly, D. (2017). The type of behavior and the role of relationship length in mate choice for prosociality among physically attractive individuals. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X16000480.

Walklet, E., Davis, S., Farrelly, D., & Muse, K. (2016). The impact of Student Response Systems on the learning experience of undergraduate psychology students. Psychology Teaching Review, 22, 35-48.

Felisberti, F.M., & Farrelly, D. (2016). Investigating behaviour and face encoding in a hypothetical real-world social contract: Hand-washing in hazardous health settings. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2, 207-213.

Farrelly, D., Clemson, P., & Guthrie, M. (2016). Are women’s mate preferences for altruism also influenced by physical attractiveness? Evolutionary Psychology, 14, 1-6.

Farrelly, D., Owens, R., Elliott, H.R., Walden, H.R., and Wetherell, M.A. (2015). The effects of being in a “new relationship” on levels of testosterone in men. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 250-261.

Farrelly, D., Moan, E., White, K., & Young, S. (2015). Evidence of an alternative currency for altruism in laboratory-based experiments. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 11, 100-111. 

Farrelly, D., Slater, R., Elliott, H.R., Walden, H.R., and Wetherell, M.A. (2013). Competitors who choose to be red have higher testosterone levels. Psychological Science, 24, 2122-2124. 

Farrelly, D. (2013). Altruism as an indicator of good parenting quality in long term relationships: Further investigations using the Mate Preferences towards Altruistic Traits scale. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 395-398. 

Farrelly, D., and Driscoll, H. (2013). Genes, environment and evolution. In R. Comer, E. Gould, & A. Furnham (Eds.), Psychology. Wiley.

Farrelly, D. (2011). Cooperation as a signal of genetic or phenotypic quality in female mate choice? Evidence from preferences across the menstrual cycle. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 406-430. 

Farrelly, D., and Turnbull, N. (2008). The role of reasoning domain on face recognition: Detecting violations of social contract and hazard management rules. Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 523-537.

Farrelly, D., and Nettle, D. (2007). Marriage affects competitive performance in male tennis players. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 41-48.

Farrelly, D., and Austin, E.J. (2007). Ability EI as an intelligence? Associations of the MSCEIT with performance on emotion-processing and social tasks and with cognitive ability. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1043-1063.

Farrelly, D., Lazarus, J., and Roberts, G. (2007). Altruists attract. Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 313-329.

Austin, E.J., Farrelly, D., Black, C., and Moore, H. (2007). Emotional intelligence, Machiavellianism and emotional manipulation: does EI have a dark side? Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 179-189.

Newstead, S. E., Handley, S. J., Harley, C., Wright, H., and Farrelly, D. (2004). Individual differences in deductive reasoning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 33-60.



External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

PhD external examiner, University of South Wales

External adviser (course approval events), University of Central Lancashire

Peer-reviewer for Australian Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology, International Journal of Psychology, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Motivation and Emotion, Perception, Personal Relationships, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS one.

Grant reviewer for the Economics and Social Research Council

I have also conducted different consultancy sessions in the area of Emotional Intelligence for different organisations, Including Nissan UK, NHS, and the Tyne Gateway charity.