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Dr Manpal Bhogal

Dr Manpal Bhogal

Lecturer in Psychology

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 322925
  • Location City Campus
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute Institute of Human Sciences
  • Areas of expertise

    Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology, and Quantitative Analysis and Research Design

I completed my undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Wolverhampton in 2007. Upon completion, I went onto study for a MSc in Health Psychology at Aston University in 2008. I then worked at NHS trusts in Sandwell and Shropshire as a Health Improvement Advisor.

I then took an interest in Evolutionary Psychology and began studying for my PhD at the University of Wolverhampton, under the supervision of Prof. Ken Manktelow and Dr Niall Galbraith. Whilst competing my PhD, I held a Research Associate post with HEFCE, and then took a full-time post at Coventry University as an Assistant Lecturer in Psychology, primarily teaching and supervising students on the Undergraduate Psychology course.

Since then, I have worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University, and then joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer in Psychology. Here, I also lead the Evolution and Human Behaviour Research Group, which falls under the Cognitiion and Individual Differences research cluster. I am also an associate editor of Current Psychology. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss a PhD opportunity. 

My research interests lie in Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology, and Individual Differences.

I am interested in the following areas of research: Prosocial Behaviour, Mate Choice, Attractiveness, Sexual Selection, Intra-sexual competition, Cyber Dating Abuse

Methods: Behavioural Game Theory, Quantitative Methods


  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Higher and Professional Education PgCert (Staffordshire University)
  • PhD Experimental Psychology (University of Wolverhampton)

  • NCFE Counselling Skills, Level 2 (City of Wolverhampton College)

  • MSc Health Psychology (Aston University)

  • BSc (hons) Psychology (University of Wolverhampton)

Selected Publications (for a full list, please see my ResearchGate profile)

Bhogal, M. S., Rhead, C., & Tudor, C. (2019). Understanding digital dating abuse from an evolutionary perspective: Further evidence for the role of mate value discrepancy. Personality and Individual Differences, 151, 109552. 10.1016/j.paid.2019.109552

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2019). A Research Note on the Influence of Relationship Length and Sex on Preferences for Altruistic and Cooperative Mates. Psychological Reports122(2), 550-517 DOI:10.1177/0033294118764640

Bhogal, M. S., Farrelly, D., & Galbraith, N. (2019). The Role of Prosocial Behaviors in Mate Choice: A Critical Review of the Literature. Current Psychology, 38(4), 1062-1075

Margana, L., Bhogal, M. S., Bartlett, J. E., & Farrelly, D. (2019). The Roles of Heroism, Altruism, and Physical Attractiveness in Female Mate Choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 126-130

Bhogal, M. S., & Howman, J. M. (2019). Mate Value Discrepancy and Attachment Anxiety Predict the Perpetration of Dating Abuse. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 5(1), 113-120. DOI: 10.1007/s40806-018-0172-6

Keys, E., & Bhogal, M. S. (2018). Mean girls: Provocative Clothing Leads to intra-sexual Competition between females. Current Psychology, 37(3), 543-551. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9536-x

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2016b). Physical Attractiveness and Altruism in two Modified Dictator Games. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38(4), 212-222. DOI:10.1080/01973533.2016.1199382

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2016a). Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Altruism: Males Are More Altruistic Towards Attractive Females. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 7(1), 10-13. DOI: 10.5178/lebs.2016.42


Bhogal, M. S. & Langford, R. (2014). Gender Differences in Weight Loss: Evidence from a NHS Weight Management Service, Public Health, 128(9), 811-813. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2014.06.019 


Book Chapters

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2018). The challenges of exploring the relationship between physical attractiveness and altruism using economic games. SAGE Research Methods Cases for Psychology

Bhogal, M. S., & Hughes, S. (2019). Short-Term Mating. In T. Shackleford & V. Weekes-Shackleford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, USA.

Bhogal, M. S. (2019). Altruism Advertises Cooperativeness. In T. Shackleford & V. Weekes-Shackleford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, USA.


  • Associate Editor: Current Psychology (Springer)
  • Editorial Board Member: Basic and Applied Social Psychology (Taylor & Francis)

  • Ad-hoc Reviewer for several international Psychology journals

  • Member of the Cognition and Individual Differences Research Cluster/Cyberpsychology Research Group  (University of Wolverhampton)

  • Research collaborations with Psychology academics at Osaka University (Japan), University of Sibiu (Romania), University of Worcester (UK), Staffordshire University (UK) and Arden University (UK)