Institute of Health & Society
tel: 01905 542345
Daniel is a senior lecturer in psychology. He obtained his BSc (hons) in psychology from Liverpool University in 1999, followed by an MSc in evolutionary psychology from Liverpool University in 2000. He gained his PhD in Psychology, studying the evolution of human cooperation, from Newcastle University in 2005. Previously, he has held research positions at Plymouth, Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, and a lectureship at Sunderland University before joining Worcester as a senior lecturer in social psychology in early 2014. Daniel is currently the course leader for all BSc Psychology courses.
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool
MSc Evolutionary Psychology, University of Liverpool
PhD in Psychology, Newcastle University
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
PSYC2537 Evolution and Human Behaviour
PSYC1430 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC1431 Introduction to Research Methods
PSYC2530 Biological and Cognitive Psychology
PSYC2531 Social and Developmental Psychology
PSYC2538 Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
PSYC3631 Psychology Research Project
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
Ehlebracht, D., Stavrova, O., Fetchenhauer, D., & Farrelly, D. (in press). The synergistic effect of prosociality and physical attractiveness on mate desirability. British Journal of Psychology.
Farrelly, D., & Bennett, M. (2017). Empathy leads to increased online charitable behaviour when time is the currency. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.
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.
Farrelly, D., & Snelling, P. (2017). Psychological Concepts for Nursing. In D. Sellman & P. Snelling (Eds.), Becoming a Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing (2nd ed., pp. 276–300). London: Routledge.
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., 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., 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. (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 ResponsibilitiesPhD external examiner (University of South Wales, University of Wolverhampton)
External Examiner, MSc Psychology Conversion (University of Central Lancashire)
Peer-reviewer for Australian Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Europe’s Journal of Psychology, Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychological Science, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science, Journal of Health Psychology, 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