Dr Daniel Farrelly


Principal Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542345

Daniel is a principal 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.


BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool
MSc Evolutionary Psychology, University of Liverpool
PhD in Psychology, Newcastle University

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


PSYC2545 Evolution and Human Behaviour 

PSYC1450 Introducing Psychology 

PSYC1451 Investigating Psychology 

PSYC2541 Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Approaches 

PSYC2544 Psychology in the Real World

PSYC3653 Social Cognition and Emotion

PSYC3661 Psychology Research Project


Daniel’s 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, and how this is applied to real-world issues such as environmentalism and sustainability. He is 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. 

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Skilton, A., & Farrelly, D., (in press). Examining the interaction between altruism and resource potential in heterosexual women’s mate preferences. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Farrelly, D., & Bhogal, M. (2021). The value of pro-environmental behaviour in mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 179, 110964.

Farmer, S., & Farrelly, D. (2021). Competition increases time spent on an online charitable task. Current Psychology, 1-6

Owens, R., Driscoll, H., & Farrelly, D. (2020). Variation in Women’s Mate Preferences Over the Development of a Monogamous Relationship Corresponds with Changes in Men’s Life History Strategy. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 6, 399-406.

Bhogal, M. S., Farrelly, D., & Galbraith, N. (2019). The role of prosocial behaviors in mate choice: A critical review of the literature. Current Psychology, 38, 1062-1075.

Farrelly. D., & King, L. (2019). Mutual mate choice drives the desirability of altruism in relationships. Current Psychology, 38, 977-981.

Margana, L., Bhogal, M.S., Bartlett, J.E., & Farrelly, D. (2019). The roles of altruism, heroism, and physical attractiveness in female mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 126-130.

Bhogal, M. S., Bartlett, J. E., & Farrelly, D. (2019). The influence of mate choice motivation on non-financial altruism. Current Psychology, 38, 959-964.

Ehlebracht, D., Stavrova, O., Fetchenhauer, D., & Farrelly, D. (2018). The synergistic effect of prosociality and physical attractiveness on mate desirability. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 517-537.

Farrelly, D., & Bennett, M. (2018). Empathy leads to increased online charitable behaviour when time is the currency. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28, 42-46.

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, B., Elliott, H.R., Walden, H.R., & Wetherell, M. (2015). The effects of being in a 'new relationship' on levels of testosterone in males. 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., & 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. (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., & 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., & Nettle, D. (2007). Marriage affects competitive performance in male tennis players. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 41-48.

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

Austin, E.J., Farrelly, D., Black, C., & 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., & Farrelly, D. (2004). Individual differences in deductive reasoning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 33-60.

Publications (other)

Bhogal, M. S., & Farrelly, D. (2019). The psychology of prosocial behavior: An introduction to a special issue. Current Psychology, 38, 910-911.

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. (2019). Social Contract Rule Violation. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer.

Farrelly, D. (2019). Indirect Benefits of Altruism. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer.

Farrelly, D. (2019). Altruism Defined By Benefits Conferred. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer.

Farrelly, D., & Brewer, G., (2019). Brief entries to ‘Sexual Signalling’ Chapter. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer.

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.

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

External Roles

  • PhD external examiner (University of South Wales, University of Wolverhampton, University of East Anglia)
  • External Examiner, BSc Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Peer-reviewer for Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behavior Research Methods, Current Psychology, Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Evolutionary Psychology, Evolution and Human Behavior, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, PeerJ, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS One, The Social Science Journal.
  • Grant reviewer for the Economics and Social Research Council
  • Member of the Advisory Group for Herefordshire County Council’s Climate Citizen’s Assembly
  • Consultancy sessions in the area of Emotional Intelligence for different organisations, Including Nissan UK, NHS, and the Tyne Gateway charity