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Dr Lynda Boothroyd

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Durham

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Jucker, J. L., Thornborrow, T., Beierholm, U., Burt, D. M., Barton, R. A., Evans, E. H., Jamieson, M. & Boothroyd, L. G. (2017). Nutritional status and the influence of TV consumption on female body size ideals in populations recently exposed to the media. Scientific Reports, in press Open access pending.

Schmitt, D, et al. (2017). Narcissism and the Strategic Pursuit of Short-Term Mating: Universal Links across 11 World Regions of the International Sexuality Description Project-2. Psychological Topics 26(1): 89-137.

Boothroyd, L.G. & Cross, C.P. (2017) Father absence and gendered traits in sons and daughters. PLoS ONE, 12(7): e0179954.Open access here.

Kuay, H. S., Tiffin, P. A., Boothroyd, L., Towl, G. J., & Centifanti, L. C. M. (2017). A New Trait-Based Model of Child-to-Parent Aggression. Adolescent Research Review, 1-13. Open access here.

Boothroyd, L.G. & Vukovic, J. (in press) Mate preferences across the lifespan. In L.W. Welling & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook on Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology (Chapter 11). Oxford: OUP

Boothroyd, L.G., Gray, A.W., Headland, T.W., Uehara, R.T., Waynforth, D., Burt, D.M. & Pound, N. (2017). Male facial appearance and offspring mortality in two traditional societies. PLoS One 12(1), e0169181. Open access here.

Boothroyd, L. (2016). Father Absence. In T. K. Shackelford, & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Accessible here.

Boothroyd, L.G., Jucker, J.L., Thornborrow, T., Jamieson, M.A., Burt, D.M., Barton, R.A., Evans, E.H., & Tovée, M. J. (2016) Television exposure predicts body size ideals in rural Nicaragua. British Journal of Psychology, 107(4), 752-767. PDF. (Open access version)

Boothroyd, L.G. & Cross, C.P. (2016). The Impact of Parenthood on Physical Aggression: Evidence from criminal data. Aggressive Behavior, 42(6), 577-584. (PDF / Open access version pending)

Evans, E.H., Boothroyd, L.G., Muscariello, E., Stephan, B.C.M, Nasti, G., Colantuoni, A., & Siervo, M. (2015) Lower weight loss expectations and healthier eating attitudes in older overweight and obese women attempting weight loss. Clinical Obesity, 5(3), 136 (PDF)

Vukovic, J., Boothroyd, L.G., Meins, E., & Burt, D.M. (2015) Current parent-child relationship quality is associated with an imprinting-like effect in children’s facial preferences. The Evolution of Human Behavior, 36, 331-336 (Open access PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G., Meins, E., Vukovic, J. & Burt, D.M. (2014) Developmental changes in children’s facial preferences. The Evolution of Human Behavior, 35, 376–383 ( Open access PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G. & Brewer, G. (2014) Impulsivity, rather than sociosexuality, predicts women’s mate preferences. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 43, 983-988 (PDF)

Mo, J. J., Cheung, K. W., Gledhill, L. J., Pollet, T. V., Boothroyd, L. G., & Tovée, M. J. (2014). Perceptions of Female Body Size and Shape in China, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Cross-Cultural Research, 48(1), 78-103.

Boothroyd, L.G., Scott, I., Gray, A., Coombes, C., & Pound, N. (2013) Male facial masculinity as an index of mate quality. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 1044-1058 (PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G., Craig, P.S., Crossman, R.J. & Perrett, D.I. (2013) Father absence and age at first birth in a Western sample. American Journal of Human Biology, 24, 366-369

Evans, E., Toveé, M., Boothroyd, L.G. & Drewett, R. (2013) Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes in 7- to 11-year-old girls: Testing a sociocultural model. Body Image, 10 (1), 8-15. (PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G., Tovee, M.T., & Pollett, T. (2012) Mechanisms of change in body size preferences. PLOS One, 7: e48691. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048691 (PDF)

Scott, I.M.L., Clark, A.P., Boothroyd, L.G. & Penton-Voak, I.S. (2012) Do men's faces really signal heritable immunocompetence? Behavioural Ecology, 24, 579-589 (PDF)

Gray, A.W. & Boothroyd, L.G. (2012) Female facial appearance and health. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 66-77 (PDF)

Re, D.E., Coetzee, V., Xiao, D.K., Tiddeman, B.P., Buls, D., Boothroyd, L.G. & Perrett, D.I. (2011) Viewing heavy bodies enhances preferences for facial adiposity. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 295-308

Boothroyd, L.G. & McLaughlin, E. (2011) Birds do it, bees do it: evolution and the comparative psychology of mate choice. Schools Science Review, 93, 53-60

Boothroyd, L.G., Cross, C.P., Gray, A.W., Coombes, C., & Gregson-Curtis, K. (2011) Perceiving the facial cues of sociosexuality: further evidence. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 422-425 (PDF)

Jones, B.C.,  Boothroyd, L.G., Feinberg D.R. & DeBruine L.M. (2010). Age at menarche predicts individual differences in women’s preferences for masculinized male voices in adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences.

Boothroyd, L.G., Lawson, J.F. & Burt, D.M. (2009) Testing immuncompetence explanations of male facial masculinity. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 65-81 (PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G. & Perrett, D.I. (2008)  Father absence, parent-daughter relationships and partner preferences. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 187-205 (PDF)

Pawlowski, B.,  Boothroyd, L.G., Perrett, D.I. & Kluska, S. (2008)  Is female attractiveness related to final reproductive success? Collegium Antropolgicum, 32, 457-460 (PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G., Jones, B.C., Burt, D.M., DeBruine, L.M., & Perrett, D.I. (2008) Facial correlates of sociosexuality. Evolution & Human Behavior, 29, 211-218 (PDF)

Burt, D.M., Kentridge, R.W., Good, J.M.M., Perrett, D.I., Tiddeman, B.P. & Boothroyd, L.G. (2007). Q-cgi: new techniques to assess variation in perception applied to facial attractiveness. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B-Biological Sciences, 274, 2779–2784.

Boothroyd, L.G., Jones, B.C., Burt, D.M., & Perrett, D.I. (2007) Partner characteristics associated with masculinity, health and maturity in male faces. Personality and Individual Differences, 43,1161-1173  (PDF)

Wiszewska, A., Pawlowski, B. & Boothroyd, L.G. (2007) Father-daughter relationship as a moderator of sexual imprinting: a facialmetric study. Evolution & Human Behavior, 28, 248-252 (PDF)

Cornwell, R.E., Law Smith, M.J., Boothroyd, L.G., Moore, F.R., Davis, H.P., Stirrat, M., et al. (2006). Reproductive strategy, sexual development and attraction to facial characteristics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 361, 2143-2154. (PDF)

Boothroyd, L.G. & Perrett, D.I. (2006) Facial and bodily correlates of family background. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 273, 2375-2380. (PDF)

DeBruine, L.M., Jones, B.C., Little, A.C., Boothroyd, L.G., Perrett, D.I., Penton-Voak, I.S., et al. (2006). Correlated preferences for facial masculinity and ideal or actual partner's masculinity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 273(1592), 1355-1360.  (PDF)

Law Smith, M.J., Perrett, D.I., Jones, B.C., Cornwell, R.E., Moore, F.R., Feinberg, D.R., Boothroyd, L.G., Durrani, S.J., Stirrat, M.R., Whiten, S., Pitman, R.M. & Hillier, S.G. (2006) Facial appearance is a cue to reproductive hormone levels in women. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 273, 145-150. (PDF)

Jones, B.C., Little, A.C., Boothroyd, L.G. Feinberg, D.R. DeBruine, L.M., Cornwell, R.E., Roberts, R.C., Penton-Voak, I.S., Law Smith, M.J., Moore F. & Perrett, D.I. (2005) Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces. Evolution & Human Behavior, 26(6), 451-457. Available online

Feinberg D.R., Jones B.C., DeBruine L.M., Moore F.R., Law Smith M.J., Cornwell R.E., Tiddeman B.P., Boothroyd L.G., Perrett D.I. (2005) The voice and face of woman: one ornament that signals quality? Evolution & Human Behavior, 26, 398-408. Available online

Jones, B. C., Little, A. C., Boothroyd, L., DeBruine, L. M., Feinberg, D. R., Smith, M. J. L., Moore, F.R., Cornwell, R.E. & Perrett, D.I. (2005) Commitment to relationships and preferences for femininity and apparent health in faces are strongest on days of the menstrual cycle when progesterone level is high. Hormones and Behavior, 48, 283-290.  (PDF) Available online

Boothroyd, L.G., Jones, B.C., Burt, D.M., Cornwell, R.E., Little, A.C., Tiddeman, B.P. & Perrett, D.I. (2005) Facial masculinity is related to perceived age but not perceived health. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26, 416-431 (PDF)

Jones, B.C., Perrett, D.I., Little, A.C., Boothroyd, L.G., Cornwell, R.E., Feinberg, D.R., Tiddeman, B.P. Whiten, S., Pitman, R.M., Hillier, S.G., Burt, D.M., Stirrat, M.R. (2005) Pregnancy, menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive use alter attraction to apparent health in faces. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 272, 347–354 (PDF)

Cornwell, R.E., Boothroyd, L., Burt, D.M., Feinberg, D.R., Jones, B.C., Little, A.C., Pitman, R.M., Whiten, S. & Perrett, D.I. (2004) Concordant preferences for opposite-sex signals? Human pheromones and facial characteristics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 271(1539), 635-640. (PDF)