Dr Michael Dunn



   Position: Senior Lecturer
   School: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
   E-mail: mdunn@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44(0)29 2041 7373
   Fax: +44(0)29 2041 6982
   Room No: D3.12b


Module Leader

  • Biological Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience (Level 4)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (Level 5)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (Level 6)

  • Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (Level 4)
  • Forensic Psychology (Level 6)
  • Cyberpsychology (Level 6)
  • Level 4 personal tutor

Undergraduate Supervision
  • BSc Psychology – Level 6 Dissertation Projects – Human mating behaviour, physical attraction/attractiveness, jealousy (offline and online), prostitution from an evolutionary perspective, Conservation Psychology & Sport Psychology from an evolutionary perspective

Masters Supervision
  • MSc Forensic and Health Psychology – An evolutionary perspective on criminal and health behaviour

Research Degree Supervision
  • Colin Powell, Voluntary Risk-taking in Adventure Activities: A participant centred methodology to generate recommendations for incident prevention - completion


Dunn, M.J., & Ward, K. (2019). Infidelity-revealing snapchat messages arouse different levels of jealousy depending on sex, type of message and identity of the opposite sex rival. Evolutionary Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-019-00210-3

Dunn, M.J. (2019). Prostitution and women’s short-term mating. In Shackelford, T. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham. http:/doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6

Harris, M.A., Alwyn, T., & Dunn, M.J. (2019). Symptoms of muscle dysmorphia between users of anabolic androgenic steroids with varying usage and bodybuilding experience. European Journal of Health Psychology, 26, 21-24. https://doi.org/10.1027/2512-8442/a000023

Dunn, M. (2018) 'Younger Escorts Advertise Higher Charges Online than Older Escorts for Sexual Services Cross-Culturally', Evolutionary Psychological Science, 4(3), 331-339. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-018-0142-z

Dunn, M.J. and Billett, G. (2017) 'Jealousy Levels in Response to Infidelity-Revealing Facebook Messages Depend on Sex, Type of Message and Message Composer: Support for the Evolutionary Psychological Perspective', Evolutionary Psychological Science, 4(1), 17-23. DOI 10.1007/s40806-017-0110-z

Harris, M. Dunn, M.J. & Alwyn, T. (2017) Intrasexual competition as a potential influence on anabolic-androgenic steroid use initiation. Journal of Health Psychology. 10.1177/1359105317692145

Harris, M.A., Dunn, M.J., & Alwyn, T. (2016). A qualitative exploration of the motivations underlying anabolic-androgenic steroid use from adolescence into adulthood. Health Psychology Report, 4(4), 1-6. doi: 10.5114/hpr.2016.61669

Dunn M.J. & McLean, H. (2015). Jealousy-Induced Sex Differences in Eye Gaze Directed at Either Emotional- or Sexual Infidelity–Related Mobile Phone Messages Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 18(1), 37-40. DOI:10.1089/cyber.2014.0351

Dunn, M.J. (2015). Effect of the Experimental Manipulation of Status-revealing Contextual Cues on Male Attractiveness pp.95-14. In: A. Rennolds (Ed.) Psychology of Interpersonal Perception and Relationships. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-63463-131-0

Dunn, M.J & Hill, A. (2014). Manipulated luxury-apartment ownership enhances opposite-sex attraction in females but not males. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 12(1), 1–17 DOI: 10.1556/JEP.12.2014.1.1

Dunn, M.J., Brinton, S., & Clark, L (2010) Universal sex differences in online advertisers age preferences: Comparing data from 14 cultures and 2 religious groups. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(6):383-393 doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.05.001

Dunn, M.J & Doria, M.V. (2010) Simulated attraction increases opposite-sex attractiveness ratings in females but not males. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, 4(1):1-17 www.jsecjournal.com - 2010, 4(1), 1-17.

Dunn, M.J & Searle, R (2010) Effect of manipulated prestige car ownership on both sex attractiveness ratings British Journal of Psychology, 101(1):69-80 DOI:10.1348/000712609X417319

Dwyer, D.M., Dunn, M.J., Rhodes, S.E.V., & Killcross, A.S. (2010) Lesions of the prelimbic prefrontal cortex prevent response conflict produced by action-outcome associations. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(3):417-424 DOI:10.1080/17470210903411049

Dunn, M.J & Killcross, AS (2007) Medial Prefrontal Cortex infusion of α-flupenthixol attenuates d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conditional discrimination performance Psychopharmacology, 192:347-355

Dunn, M.J & Killcross, AS (2007) Clozapine, SCH 23390 and α-Flupenthixol but not Haloperidol attenuate phencyclidine-induced disruption of conditional discrimination performance Psychopharmacology, 190:403-414

Dunn, M.J & Killcross, AS (2006) Clozapine but not Haloperidol treatment reverses sub-chronic phencyclidine-induced disruption of conditional discrimination performance Behavioural Brain Research, 175: 271-277

Dunn, M.J & Killcross, AS (2006) Differential attenuation of d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conditional discrimination performance by dopamine and serotonin antagonists Psychopharmacology, 188:183-192

Dunn, M.J., Futter, D., Bonardi, C. & Killcross A.S. (2005) Attenuation of d-amphetamine-induced disruption of conditional discrimination performance by α-flupenthixol Psychopharmacology, 177:296-306

Dunn, M.J., Copelston, M, Workman, L. (2004) Trade-offs and seasonal variation in territorial defence and predator evasion in the European Robin Erithacus rubecula. IBIS, 146:77-84

Dunn, M.J., Killcross, A.S. (2002) Attenuation of the disruptive effects of systemic d-amphetamine on conditional discrimination performance by intra-PFC α-flupenthixol. 2002 abstract Viewer/Itenerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, No. 305.3.


Michael J. Dunn is a Senior Lecturer for the BSc(Hons) Psychology degree in the Department of Applied Psychology within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences. He has a PhD from the University of Wales Cardiff and subsequently worked there as a Post-doctoral Research Associate.

He was awarded a PGC (HE) from Cardiff Metropolitan University and prior to being awarded his PhD obtained a first class honours degree from the University of Glamorgan. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). He has interest and expertise in two main areas of research, the Cognitive deficits that accompany schizophrenia (PhD and Post-doctoral research) and in Human Evolutionary Psychology (research currently ongoing at Cardiff Met).

Michael’s research has been published widely in internationally acclaimed high impact journals in both fields such as Evolution and Human Behavior, The British Journal of Psychology, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychopharmacology and Behavioural Brain Research and he is currently developing national and international links with other reputable academics with shared interests in order to foster future research collaborations.

Michael appears regularly on both TV and radio in connection with his research into the evolutionary basis of attraction/attractiveness, human mating/sexual behaviour and online jealousy.

Michael was awarded the prestigious LTDU Teaching Excellence award in 2018.