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BA (Joint Hons) Psychology & Biology (Keele)
D.Phil Animal Behaviour/Neuroethology (Sussex)


Lance is visiting Professor in Psychology. His research and teaching interests include evolutionary and biological psychology.


Previously Head of Psychology Department Bath Spa University
Previously Interviews editor for The Psychologist
Previously resident psychologist for Radio Wales (various programmes)


Teaching and supervision (MSc) in Psychology


Books (since 2012)

Workman, L., Reader, W. & Barkow, J. H. (Eds) (Commissioned for 2017) Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behaviour. Volume 1. Foundations and Approaches. Cambridge University Press.

Workman, L., Reader, W. & Barkow, J. H. (Eds) (Commissioned for 2017) Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behaviour. Volume 2. Questions, Debates and Applications. Cambridge University Press.

Taylor, S. & Workman, L. (Commissioned for 2017) The Psychology of Social Development. Routledge.

Workman, L. & Reader, W. (2016) Evolution and Behavior. Routledge

Workman, L. & Reader, W. (2014). Evolutionary Psychology (3rd Edn). Cambridge University Press.

Workman, L. (2014). Charles Darwin: Shaper of Evolutionary Thinking. Palgrave Macmillan.

Watling, D., & Bourne, V. & Workman, L. (Eds) (2013). Changes in Emotion Lateralisation throughout Childhood. Psychology Press

Other publications (since 2012)

Workman. L. (In Press). Nature loads the gun, the environment pulls the trigger. In: G. Hall and I. Fairholm (Eds). Debating Psychology: An Introduction to Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan.

Workman. L., Harris, J. R. (In press) When life hands you a lemon, just bit in. Judith Rich Harris takes Lance

Workman through her extraordinary fight back against entrenched views of child development. The Psychologist

Workman. L. & Jones C. (2016). New solutions for SAD. Healthy Magazine, February, 83-84.

Workman. L. , Cox, A. (2016). From the ZX spectrum to smart watches – Anna Cox takes Lance Workman through her life in human computer interaction. The Psychologist. 29, 290-291.

Workman. L. (2015).Charles Darwin 1809-1882. In: G. Ritzer (Ed). Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Sociology.

Workman. L. , Gigerenzer, G. (2015). ‘I took the plunge and chose the risky option’. Gerd Gigerenzer takes Lance Workman through his life. The Psychologist. 28, 994-995.

Workman. L. , Stevens, R. (2015). Excursion into broader theorising. Richard Stevens talks to Lance Workman about the Open University, consciousness, happiness and more. The Psychologist., 28, 736-738.

Workman. L. (2015). How outdated stereotypes about British accents reinforce the class ceiling. The Conversation website.

Workman. L. , Della Sala, S. (2015). Dispelling mind myths and debunking pseudoscience. Sergio Della Sala lets Lance Workman into his world. The Psychologist. 28, 292-293.

Workman. L., Dunbar, R. (2015). We are not islands, there is such a thing as society. Robin Dunbar talks to Lance Workman about his attempts to see the big picture and find the big number. The Psychologist. 28, 126-127.

Workman. L. & Willacy, J. (2014). Don’t let SAD leave you blue. Healthy Magazine. Dec. 56-57.

Workman. L., Mischel, W. (2014). The master of self-control: Walter Mischel speaks to Lance Workman about his famous ‘Marshmallow Test’ and more. The Psychologist. 27, 942-944.

Workman. L. (2014). Are we conciliated yet? Integrating evolutionary psychology into the social sciences. OUPS Newsletter. Autumn and Winter. 14-19.

Chasouris, A., Mayer, P. Stuart-Hamilton, I., Graff, M. and Workman, L. (2014) Abnormalities in pattern of Lateralization in relation to Visuospatial Short Term Memory in Children with Williams Syndrome. Child Development Research

Workman. L. (2014). Are we conciliated yet? Integrating evolutionary psychology into the social sciences. OUPS Newsletter.

Workman. L. (2014). Defeating aliens with critical thinking: Diane Halpern tells Lance Workman about her efforts to improve work-life balance and increase creativity. The Psychologist. 27, 602-603.

Workman. L. and Taylor, S. (2014). Taking evolutionary psychology to the West End – a personal reflection. The Psychologist. 27, 458-459.

Workman. L. (2014). An anomalistic psychologist – Chris French tells Lance Workman about his journey into weird stuff. The Psychologist. 27, 26-27.

Workman. L. (2013). From Art to Autism: Uta Frith takes Lance Workman on a journey through her collection of memories. The Psychologist. 26, 880-882.

Workman. L. (2013). Out of Africa: Richard Byrne tells Lance Workman about his work with apes and elephants. The Psychologist. 26, 812-814.

Storey, S. and Workman, L. (2013) The effects of temperature priming on cooperation in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Evolutionary Psychology, 11 (1), 52-67.

Workman. L. (2013) Did we guide our own evolution? Evolutionary psychology and niche construction theory. Psychology Review. 18 (4) 12-13.

Workman, L. (2013) Working at the cutting edge: Kevin Browne talks to Lance Workman. The Psychologist, 26, 424-425.

Workman. L. (2013) The Blogging Bishop of Neuroscience: Dorothy Bishop talks to Lance Workman about tweeting, blogging and childhood disorders. The Psychologist. 25, 42-43.

Watling, D., Workman, L. & Bourne, V. (2012) The development of lateralized emotion processing: a review. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. 17, 389-411

Workman, L. (2012) The memory warrior: Elizabeth Loftus talks to Lance Workman about life on the front line of the false memory debate. The Psychologist, 25, 526-528.

Workman, L. (2012) Evolution and Schizophrenia. Psychology Review, 17 (3) 2-5.

Taylor, S., Workman, L. & Yeomans, H. (2012) Abnormal patterns of cerebral lateralisation as revealed by the universal chimeric faces task in individuals with autistic disorder. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.17, 428-437

Conference presentations and invited talks (since 2012)

Workman, L., Tosun, I., Mehan, S. & Taylor, S. (2016) Warm Judge, Warm Jury and Warm Sentence?: Temperature Priming, Competence and Mood in relation to Jury Decision Making. Proceedings of the BPS

Storey, S. & Workman, L. (2014) Warm hand, warm heart: Warm temperature priming increases cooperation on the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Proceedings of the BPS

Workman. L. (2014). Are we conciliated yet? Integrating evolutionary psychology into the social sciences. OUPS conference University of Warwick.

Workman. L. (2014). Explaining good and bad behaviour through evolutionary psychology. ‘The Meaning of life’ Show with Richard Herring. Leicester square Theatre, West End.

Workman, L. (2014) Was Darwin the first Evolutionary Psychologist? BPS Welsh Branch Scientific Seminar. Cardiff.

Workman, L. (2013) Evolution and pet ownership ADCH conference. Stratford-on-Avon.

Workman, L. (2012) Development of lateralization for recognition of emotions in chimeric faces. Psychology Research Seminar. University of Aberystwyth

Fearon, J. & Workman, L. (2012) Variation in Personality Factors of Dog Owners in Relation To Breed Groups. Proceedings of the BPS

Dorrell, S. & Workman, L. (2012) Perceived Attractiveness and Personality Factors in relation to Physiognomy of Male Facial Composites in Heterosexual Females. Proceedings of the BPS

Fearon, J. & Workman, L. (2012) Personality variability of Dog Owners in Relation to Breed. SWUC Conference


Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) – former editorial staff


Media work

Regular contributor to the media with well over 1000 appearances in various forms of media (including 500 radio broadcasts) explaining psychological principles and developments. Presented own series on psychology for BBC Radio Wales ‘Mind Matters’ and acted as consultant psychologist for ten part series ‘Understanding Psychology’ by the BBC World service.


Editorial work for various publishers (e.g. CUP and OU)
Consultant for various radio and TV productions


Lateralization in humans and animals in relation to evolutionary and developmental factors

My research into the lateralized processing of information has allowed me to explore evolutionary continuity between ourselves and other species and has involved collaboration with researchers at other UK Universities (Royal Holloway, Sussex and Swansea) and in Australia (University of New England, NSW). Such research involves lateralization of emotional responses (humans and other species) and of language (humans).

Development and dissemination of the field of evolutionary psychology

Helped to introduce and develop the new field of evolutionary psychology into the UK. Informed by my PhD research and postdoctoral experience in Australia in 1990 set up the first taught undergraduate module at a British HE institution in evolutionary psychology and have subsequently have written widely on the subject. In 1999 I wrote the Encarta encyclopaedia entry for Evolutionary Psychology, which was subsequently loaded onto over 20 million PCs. In 2004 the first edition of my co-authored text book ‘Evolutionary Psychology’ was published by Cambridge University Press, and is now the standard textbook for this field in many Universities in the UK and North America (also in many parts of continental Europe, and in South Africa, Japan and Australia). Third edition published in 2014. Additionally I have written more than a dozen articles on evolutionary psychology for Psychology Review which has a circulation of over 10,000. I have another co-authored book on evolution and human behaviour for Routledge (in press) and a book on Darwin’s influence on psychology (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). During the last 20 years have regularly discussed evolutionary psychology in the national (and international) press and on national (and international) radio and have interviewed many evolutionary experts on radio and for ‘The Psychologist’.

Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary and Biological Psychology

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