Professor John Archer

Prof. John Archer

School Research Co-ordinator

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB202

+44 (0) 1772 89 3430

John is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Forensic Research Group.

Full Profile

John joined the School of Psychology in 1975, when the University of Central Lancashire was Preston Polytechnic, after six years as an MRC Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. He became Professor of Psychology in 1990. 


BSc, Zoology (Wales), 1965

PhD, Psychology (Bristol), 1970

Fellow - British Psychological Society (since 1982)



Archer, J. (2013). Can evolutionary principles explain patterns of family violence? Psychological Bulletin, 138, 403-440. doi: 10.1037/a0029114

Stroebe, M.S. & Archer, J. (2013). Origins of modern ideas on love and loss: Contrasting forerunners of attachment theory. Review of General Psychology, 17, 28-39. doi: 10.1037/a0030030

Archer, John (2010) Derivation and assessment of a hypermasculine values questionnaire. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (3). pp. 525-551. ISSN 0144-6665

Archer, John (2009) Does sexual selection explain human sex differences in aggression? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32 (3-4). pp. 249-311. ISSN 0140-525X

More publications

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

PS1610 The monkey in the mind (Elective)

PS4802 Personal Attributes of Victims and Offenders



Research Interests

John’s current research interests concern aggression and violence, in particular: sex differences in aggression in relation to sexual selection: young male violence in relation to evolutionary psychology (with Van Lal Thanzami); sex differences including partner violence (with Niki Graham-Kevan); aggression and bullying in secure institutions (with Jane Ireland); attributions about aggression: testosterone and aggression. He is also interested in human attachment to pets from an evolutionary perspective; grief and loss, and meta-analysis. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Aggressive Behavior.

Research Area

Aggression research group

Research Students

Ioan Ohlsson and Gail Derefaker