Dr Daniel Farrelly


Head of Department, Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Department of Performance, Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

email: d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542345

Daniel is a senior lecturer in psychology. He obtained his BSc (hons) in psychology from Liverpool University in 1999, followed by an MSc in evolutionary psychology from Liverpool University in 2000. He gained his PhD in Psychology, studying the evolution of human cooperation, from Newcastle University in 2005. Previously, he has held research positions at Plymouth, Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, and a lectureship at Sunderland University before joining Worcester as a senior lecturer in social psychology in early 2014. Daniel is currently the course leader for all BSc Psychology courses.


BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Liverpool
MSc Evolutionary Psychology, University of Liverpool
PhD in Psychology, Newcastle University

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


PSYC2537 Evolution and Human Behaviour 
PSYC1430 Introduction to Psychology 
PSYC1431 Introduction to Research Methods 
PSYC2530 Biological and Cognitive Psychology 
PSYC2531 Social and Developmental Psychology     
PSYC2538 Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology 
PSYC3631 Psychology Research Project           


My main interests are in 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, particularly in response to different social situations and pressures. I am also interested in how social factors, including different life-history variables such as relationship status, influence male competitive behaviour and also levels of circulating testosterone. I am also interested in emotional intelligence, including its links with other personality traits and its application to different occupational and health settings.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Farrelly. D., & King, L. (in press). Mutual mate choice drives the desirability of altruism in relationships. Current Psychology.

Bhogal, M. S., Bartlett, J. E., & Farrelly, D. (2018). The influence of mate choice motivation on non-financial altruism. Current Psychology, 1-6.

Margana, L., Bhogal, M.S., Bartlett, J.E., & Farrelly, D. (2019). The roles of altruism, heroism, and physical attractiveness in female mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 126-130.

Ehlebracht, D., Stavrova, O., Fetchenhauer, D., & Farrelly, D. (2018). The synergistic effect of prosociality and physical attractiveness on mate desirability. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 517-537.

Farrelly, D., & Bennett, M. (2018). Empathy leads to increased online charitable behaviour when time is the currency. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 28, 42-46.

Farrelly, D. (2017). The type of behavior and the role of relationship length in mate choice for prosociality among physically attractive individuals. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40. doi:10.1017/S0140525X16000480.

Farrelly, D., & Snelling, P. (2017). Psychological Concepts for Nursing. In D. Sellman & P. Snelling (Eds.), Becoming a Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice for Nursing (2nd ed., pp. 276–300). London: Routledge.

Walklet, E., Davis, S., Farrelly, D., & Muse, K. (2016). The impact of Student Response Systems on the learning experience of undergraduate psychology students. Psychology Teaching Review, 22, 35-48.

Felisberti, F.M., & Farrelly, D. (2016). Investigating behaviour and face encoding in a hypothetical real-world social contract: Hand-washing in hazardous health settings. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2, 207-213.

Farrelly, D., Clemson, P., & Guthrie, M. (2016). Are women’s mate preferences for altruism also influenced by physical attractiveness? Evolutionary Psychology, 14, 1-6.

Farrelly, D., Owens, B., Elliott, H.R., Walden, H.R., & Wetherell, M. (2015). The effects of being in a 'new relationship' on levels of testosterone in males. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 250-261.

Farrelly, D., Moan, E., White, K., & Young, S. (2015). Evidence of an Alternative Currency for Altruism in Laboratory-Based Experiments. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 11, 100–111.

Farrelly, D., Slater, R., Elliott, H.R., Walden, H.R., and Wetherell, M.A. (2013). Competitors who choose to be red have higher testosterone levels. Psychological Science, 24, 2122-2124.

Farrelly, D. (2013). Altruism as an indicator of good parenting quality in long term relationships: Further investigations using the Mate Preferences towards Altruistic Traits scale. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 395-398.

Farrelly, D., and Driscoll, H. (2013). Genes, environment and evolution. In R. Comer, E. Gould, & A. Furnham (Eds.), Psychology. Wiley.

Farrelly, D. (2011). Cooperation as a signal of genetic or phenotypic quality in female mate choice? Evidence from preferences across the menstrual cycle. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 406-430.

Farrelly, D., and Turnbull, N. (2008). The role of reasoning domain on face recognition: Detecting violations of social contract and hazard management rules. Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 523-537.

Farrelly, D., and Nettle, D. (2007). Marriage affects competitive performance in male tennis players. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 41-48.

Farrelly, D., and Austin, E.J. (2007). Ability EI as an intelligence? Associations of the MSCEIT with performance on emotion-processing and social tasks and with cognitive ability. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1043-1063.

Farrelly, D., Lazarus, J., and Roberts, G. (2007). Altruists attract. Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 313-329.

Austin, E.J., Farrelly, D., Black, C., and Moore, H. (2007). Emotional intelligence, Machiavellianism and emotional manipulation: does EI have a dark side? Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 179-189.

Newstead, S. E., Handley, S. J., Harley, C., Wright, H., and Farrelly, D. (2004). Individual differences in deductive reasoning. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57A, 33-60.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

  • PhD external examiner (University of South Wales, University of Wolverhampton)
  • External Examiner, MSc Psychology Conversion (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Peer-reviewer for Australian Journal of Psychology, Basic & Applied Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Current Psychology, Europe’s Journal of Psychology, Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychological Science, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Personality, Motivation and Emotion, Perception, Personal Relationships, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS one
  • Grant reviewer for the Economics and Social Research Council
  • I have also conducted different consultancy sessions in the area of Emotional Intelligence for different organisations, Including Nissan UK, NHS, and the Tyne Gateway charity