Dr Manpal Bhogal

Lecturer in Psychology

Email address: M.S.B2@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 01902 322925Location: City CampusFaculty: Faculty of Education Health & WellbeingSchool/Institute: Institute of Human SciencesAreas of expertise:

Evolutionary Psychology

Social Psychology

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. From 2009-2014, I 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 on a part-time basis at the University of Wolverhampton, under the supervision of Prof. Ken Manktelow and Dr Niall Galbraith (2011-2017). 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 (2014-2017).

Since then, I 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. I'm a member of the Applied Cognition and Individual Differences research cluster, and the Cyberpsychology research cluster. 

Research interests

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


Membership of professional bodies

  • 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

Ormsby, H., Owen, A. L., & Bhogal, M. S(in press). A Brief Report on the Associations Amongst Social Media Use, Gender, and Body Esteem in a UK student sample. Current Psychology10.1007/s12144-018-0089-z

Bhogal, M. S., Bartlett, J., & Farrelly, D. (in press). The influence of mate choice motivation on non-financial altruism. Current Psychology. 10.1007/s12144-018-0070-x

Deans, H., & Bhogal, M. S. (in press). Perpetrating Cyber Dating Abuse: A Brief Report on the Role of Aggression, Romantic Jealousy and Gender. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-017-9715-4

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

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. (2017). Physical Attractiveness, Altruism and Cooperation in an Ultimatum Game. Current Psychology, 36(3), 549-555. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9443-1

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

Erik, E., & Bhogal, M. S. (2016). Do the dark triad and self-perceived mate value predict intention to mate poach? Letters on Evolutionary Behavioural Science, 7(2), 1-4. DOI: 10.5178/lebs.2016.50

Bhogal, M. S., & Corbett, S. (2016). The Influence of Aggressiveness on Rape Myth Acceptance among University Students. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23(5)709-715. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1142931

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

Langford, R., Lacey, C., & Bhogal, M. S. (2012). Serve up a change that lasts for life: Evaluating a CBT based NHS pre-bariatric weight management service. Health Service Journal, 122, 35-36


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). Amotz Zahavi. 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.


Experience in industry

  • Editorial Board Member for Springer Journal Current Psychology

  • Ad-hoc Reviewer for Several International Psychology Journals

  • Member of the Cognition in Context Research Group (University of Wolverhampton)

  • Member of the Open Science Research Group at Coventry University

  • Fellow of the University of Wolverhampton Sikh and Panjabi Studies Research Centre
  • Research collaborations with Psychology departments at Osaka University (Japan), University of Sibiu (Romania), University of Worcester (UK), Staffordshire University (UK) and Coventry University (UK)