- University of GlasgowReader, 2005 - present
My main research interests are kin recognition, facial resemblance and face processing. Specifically, I am interested in how humans use facial resemblance to tell who their kin are and how people respond to cues of kinship in different circumstances. I am also interested in how the visual system learns about faces and what visual adaptation effects can tell us about the face processing system. I have published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals on these topics.
I was appointed in 2011 to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's inaugural Young Academy. I am also involved in the running of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) and the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA).
I mostly post about science, especially evolutionary psychology, behavioural biology, and public science education. I have lived in the US, Canada and the UK, so my spelling is a bit random.
- McMaster UniversityPhD Psychology, 2000 - 2004
- University of MichiganMS Biology, 1998 - 2000
- University of MichiganBS Biopsychology & Anthropological Zoology, 1994 - 1998
My new blog post dissecting an infographic on the dangers of sitting.
A couple days ago, a new paper appeared in PLoS One describing a series of studies that failed to replicate a set of classic priming studies. Yesterday, a news article appeared in Nature that grouped together this replication failure with cases of fraud. That's not a good thing. Follow the link to see why.
( has a nice New Yorker post on this same issue. I link to it in the blog post).
My first blog post on Research the Headlines. This one is a personal tale of the strange story behind a Daily Mail "science" article about my lab's alleged research. You'll be surprised where I found that the story originated.
An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters
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My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan. My name is Patrick Meighan, and I'ma husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Fa