Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

Swansea, United Kingdom

Swansea University



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Published on Jan 06, 2019

It is an age-old question – what makes someone attractive? We often say things like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but while this romantic notion may bring comfort to those dealt a poor hand in life, it also gives the impression that the foun...

Why we want to build a machine that can predict a person's attractiveness Akhenaton Images/Shutterstock (

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Published on Jan 05, 2019

Social status – part 2

Remember to visit to check out our campaign.In the last post, we talked about how the environment itself sets the stage for hierarchies to form among animals. ...

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Published on Jan 04, 2019

Social status – part 1

Far away, lies a planet rather unlike our own. On this ideal world, one of milk and honey, live animals that roam almost unlimited space and have access to all the food and willing mates they could...

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Published on Jan 03, 2019

What matters most - extended cut

Below is the extended cut of our video explaining the project, its rationale, and what we hope to achieve. Please share it with your social media to help bring attention to the campaign.

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Published on Jan 01, 2019

Assortative mating – do opposites attract?

When I tell people I study attractiveness, I often get asked how such research is useful. After all, there is a lot of folk wisdom surrounding attractiveness, including ideas like “beauty is in the...

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Published on Dec 30, 2018

Humour, creativity, and intelligence – part 2

In the previous post, I explained why some of the oddest traits in nature have less to do with survival and more to do with attractiveness and/or competition in the mating domain. The classic examp...

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Published on Dec 29, 2018

Humour, creativity, and intelligence – part 1

Wait a second. How can you lump three very different traits together? Surely, you cannot cut humour, creativity, and intelligence from the same cloth, can you? Over the next two mini blogs, we’ll r...

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Published on Nov 27, 2018

Ethical approval

On 01/02/2018 we received ethical approval for the study (see attached)

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