Dr Daniel Farrelly
@ Rose and Crown, Mayfair
In humans, as in other mammals, the reproductive life of males follows a varying and interesting path. From a rapid increase in mating behaviours following adolescence, there is then a gradual decline in later years that usually coincides with men finding long-term partners and having offspring. In this talk I will look at this in more detail, concentrating on three key aspects of this; the role of testosterone in shaping men’s reproductive life, the evolutionary benefit of this and also how this then affects men’s behavior. In doing so, I will discuss my own research on the link between testosterone and male mating behaviours, as well as with measures of competition both in laboratory settings and the real world of professional sport.
Dr Daniel Farrelly is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Worcester. He obtained his BSc psychology and MSc evolutionary psychology degrees from the University of Liverpool. He gained his PhD in Psychology, studying the evolution of human cooperation, from Newcastle University in 2005. Daniel has also held research positions at Plymouth, Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, and a senior lectureship at the University of Sunderland. His research interests include 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, and also the role of circulating testosterone