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PS4090 Face Perception and Human Attraction

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:9.00 am - 11.00 am Wed

This advanced-level module will focus on face perception. The aim is to provide understanding of the development and evolutionary basis of driving forces behind human relationships and knowledge of the biological basis and psychological manifestations of these influences. Topics include: the neural basis of face attraction; development of face preferences; hormone influences on preferences and competition; sexual selection, kin selection; facial cues to health and social behaviour. Teaching will be based on the origin of individual differences, and the interaction between experience and biological factors in shaping human mate choice.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Programme module type: Optional for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography, Neuroscience.

UG Pre-requisite(s):Average grade of 11 or better in PS2001 and PS2002 from the first sitting or permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:0.5-hour lectures, 1.5-hour seminars and 1-hour office hour throughout the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 128

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof D Perrett
Module teaching staff:Prof D Perrett