0131 Dr Minna Lyons

Dr Minna Lyons

0151 291 3907
Sciences and Social Sciences

I studied for a BSc in Human Evolution at the University of Liverpool (2000), followed by an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology (2001). In 2009, I was awarded a PhD from University of Liverpool, which I completed under the supervision of Professor Robin Dunbar and Dr John Lycett. My research interests are, broadly speaking, individual differences in behaviour and personality from an evolutionary perspective. I’m especially interested in behavioural plasticity, and Life History Theory applications to humans. My current teaching includes Level C Foundations of Psychology (Course leader), Level I Evolutionary Psychology (Course leader), Level I Biological Psychology, Level I Applied Psychology, Level H Personality and Individual Differences, Level H Developmental Psychology, and Level H Cognitive Neuroscience. I also teach on several of the MSc Psychology modules, as well as supervise undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD research. Some of my recent publications include:

In press

Brewer, G., Abell, L., & Lyons, M. (in press). Machiavellianism, self-disclosure, and competition in friendship dyads. Individual Differences Research 

Burris, R., Marcinkowska, U., & Lyons, M. (in press). Gaze propoerties of women judging the attractiveness of masculine and feminine male faces. Evolutionary Psychology

Jonason, P.K., Lyons, M., & Bethell, E. (in press). The making of the Darth Vader: Parent-child care and the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences.

Lyons, M., Morgan, K., Thomas, J., & Al Hashmi, A. (in press). Patterns of parental warmth, attachment, and narcissism in young women in United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Individual Differences Research

Lyons, M., Brewer, G., Lynch, A., & Bruno, D. (in press). Detection of Sexual Orientation (“Gaydar”) by Homosexual and Heterosexual Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior


Aitken, S., Lyons, M., & Jonason, P. (2013). Dads or cads? Women's strategic decisions in the mating game. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 118-122.

Brewer, G., Abell, L., & Lyons, M. (2013). It’s not just a man-thing: Testing sex as a moderator between peer attachment and Machiavellianism, competition and self-disclosureIndividual Differences Research, 11, 114-120.

Jonason, P.K., Lyons, M., Ross, R., & Bethell, E (2013). Different routes to limited empathy in the sexes: Examining the links between the Dark Triad and empathyPersonality and Individual Differences54, 572-576.

Jonason, P., Jones, A., & Lyons, M. (2013). Creatures of the night: Chronotypes and the Dark Triad of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 538-541.

Lyons, M., & Helle, S. (2013). Digit ratio and risk taking in postmenopausal Finnish women. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 591-594.

Lyons, M., Healy, N., & Bruno, D. (2013). It takes one to know one- psychopathy and deception detection ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 676-679.

Thomas, J., Morgan, K., Al Hashmi, A., Chang, M., & Lyons, M. (2013).The narcissistic mask: An exploration of “the defensive grandiosity hypothesis. Personality and Mental Health, 7, 160-167.


Bourke, L., Bamber, P., & Lyons, M. (2012) Global citizens: who are they?Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 7, 161-174.

Sylwester, K., Lyons, M., Buchanan, C., Nettle, D., & Roberts, G. (2012). The role of Theory of Mind in assessing cooperative intentions. Personality and Individual Differences , 52, 113-117.


Lyons, M., & Aitken, S (2010). Machiavellian friends: The role of Machiavellianism in friendship formation and maintenance. Journal of Evolutionary, Social and Cultural Psychology, 4, 194-202.

Lyons, M., Caldwell, T., & Shultz, S (2010). Mind reading and manipulation: Is Machiavellianism related to Theory of Mind ? Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 261-274.

Blanchard, A., & Lyons, M (2010). An investigation into the relationship between digit length ratio (2D/4D) and psychopathy. British Journal of Forensic Practise, 12, 23-31.


Lyons, M. (2009). Cry, baby cry, make your mother buy? Evolution of tears, laughter, and reciprocity potential. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 399.

Lyons, M., & Aitken, S (2008). Machiavellianism in strangers affects cooperationJournal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 173-185.

Lyons, M. (2005). Who are the heroes? Characteristics of people who rescue others. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 3, 239-248.


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