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Dr. Gayle Brewer

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

+44 (0) 1772 89 5173

Gayle is research active within the area of psychology. She is a member of the Cognitive Research Group and the Health Psychology Research Group.

Gayle has written articles for The Conversation entitled ‘What is love? Here’s the science… ‘ and ‘The science of Naked Attraction’


BSc, Psychology (Royal Holloway, London), 1999

MSc, Evolutionary Psychology (Liverpool), 2001

PhD, Psychology (UCLan), 2006

MEd, Professional Practice in HE (UCLan) 2007

MSc, Psychological Research Methods (Open University), 2014


Röder, Susanne, Brewer, Gayle and Fink, Bernhard (2009) Menstrual cycle shifts in women’s self-perception and motivation: A daily report method. Personality and Individual Differences, 47 (6). pp. 616-619. ISSN 01918869

Brewer, Gayle and Hendrie, Colin A. (2011) Evidence to Suggest that Copulatory Vocalizations in Women Are Not a Reflexive Consequence of Orgasm. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40 (3). pp. 559-564. ISSN 0004-0002

Hendrie, Colin A. and Brewer, Gayle (2012) Evidence to Suggest That Teeth Act as Human Ornament Displays Signalling Mate Quality. PLoS ONE, 7 (7). e42178-e42178. ISSN 1932-6203

Lyons, Minna, Lynch, Aoife, Brewer, Gayle and Bruno, Davide (2013) Detection of Sexual Orientation ("Gaydar") by Homosexual and Heterosexual Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior . ISSN 0004-0002

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Research Interests

Primary research interests focus on the areas of physical attractiveness, body image and sexual behaviour. Gayle has recently extended this research activity, investigating the health status of vulnerable groups. Research findings have been reported in a range of national and international press including The Sunday Times, USA Today and Radio 4.

Research Area

Evolutionary and health psychology


PSC006: Foundations of Psychology

PS1020: Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology

PS1610: A Monkey in the Mind? An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology (Module leader)

PS1640: Psychology and the Media (Module leader)

PS2010: Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis

PS2020: Social and Developmental Psychology

PS3060: Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology

PS3900: Undergraduate Project Supervision

PS4940: Postgraduate Project Supervision

PS1100: Social and Developmental Psychology (Module leader)

PS1610 A monkey in the mind? An introduction to evolutionary psychology (Module leader)

PS1640: Psychology and the Media (Module leader)

PS2100: Social Psychology

PS3900: Undergraduate Project Supervision

PS4940: Postgraduate Project Supervision

PS4109 Evolutionary Social Psychology (Module leader)