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Professional and committee membership:

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate member
  • BPS Cognitive Psychology Section member

Dr Gabriella Mutale

I am an experimental psychologist interested in applying evolutionary theory to understanding human behaviour.

I provide research assistant support to staff in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

In 2016 I received, my PhD in Psychology from Nottingham Trent University. My thesis examined the perceptual and psychological factors involved in making judgments about bodies. My research investigated how environmental context can affect the perception of bodies using a priming paradigm to examine the effects of perceived environmental pathogen threat on body weight preferences.

Research interests:

·       Body perception

·       Behavioural avoidance of pathogens

·       Evolved mechanisms

A sample of my work can be found below:

Peer reviewed Publications

  • Mutale, G. J., Dunn, A. K., Stiller, J., & Larkin, R. (2016). Development and validation of a new body dissatisfaction assessment tool. New School Psychology Bulletin. 13(2), 47-57

Conference Presentations

  • Mutale, G. J., Dunn, A. K., & Stiller, J. (2015). Pathogen priming and body weight judgments [Poster Presentation]. 32nd BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, 1st – 3rd September 2015, University of Kent, Kent, UK
  • Mutale, G. J., Dunn, A. K., Stiller, J., & Larkin, R. (2014). Pathogen priming affects preferences for female and male body weight [Oral Presentation]. 31st BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, 2nd - 5th September 2014, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
  • Mutale, G. J., & Dunn, A. K. (2013). The presence of perceived environmental disease shifts preferences for female body weight. [Poster Presentation] BPS Cognitive and Developmental Section Annual Conference, 4th - 6th September 2013, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • Mutale, G. J., & Dunn, A. K. (2012). Dramatic shifts in perceived self body size of young girls following short exposure to Barbie dolls. [Poster Presentation] 29th BPS Cognitive Section Annual Conference, 29th - 31st August 2012, Glasgow, UK