Professor Tom Dickins
BSc (Hons) Psychological Sciences (CNAA)
MSc History and Philosophy of Science (London)
PhD Evolutionary Psychology (Sheffield)
FHEA, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Tom worked at the University of East London from 2003 until 2012, joining Middlesex University in September 2012. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology and a founder member of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association. He is also co-director of the Prosocial Place Programme.
Tom teaches second year psychobiology and supervises final year projects and MSc theses. From June 2014 he will be running a two week residential animal behaviour field trip on Lundy island. For more details about this please visit Tom's website at this link.
Currently Tom is supervising two PhD students. Robert Spencer is working on foraging behaviours in urban gull populations, looking to see if anthropogenic food sources lead to differences in various aspects of foraging including producer-scrounger dynamics. Helen Gormleyis beginning a project on cooperative interventions in schools, trying to finesse group coaching initiatives with reference to the literature on cooperative strategies. Helen sees education as a cooperative endeavour with a variety of investments and pay-outs available. This transactional view of education makes schools an interesting arena in which to study the development of cooperative strategies in adolescents.
Tom's core areas of interest are:
- Theoretical issues in biological causation
- Life history theory
- Fertility scheduling/early pregnancy
More recently he has been developing projects around cooperation as a part of the Prosocial Place Programmeand foraging behaviour in gulls with Robert Spencer.
Dickins, Thomas E. and Rahman, Q. (2013) Epigenetic adaptations: a reply to Suter, Boffelli and Martin. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1771). pp. 1-2. ISSN 0962-8452
Differences in aggression and nest behavior between herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and lesser black-backer gulls (Larus fuscus) on Lundy
Spencer, Robert and Dickins, Thomas E. (2014) Differences in aggression and nest behavior between herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and lesser black-backer gulls (Larus fuscus) on Lundy. Journal of the Lundy Field Society, 4 . pp. 85-104. ISSN 1758-3276
Scott-Phillips, Thomas C. and Laland, Kevin N. and Shuker, David M. and Dickins, Thomas E. and West, Stuart A. (2014) The niche construction perspective: a critical appraisal. Evolution . ISSN 1558-5646
Nettle, Daniel and Dickins, Thomas E. and Coall, David A. and De Mornay Davies, Paul (2013) Patterns of physical and psychological development in future teenage mothers. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2013 (1). pp. 187-196. ISSN 2050-6201
Nettle, Daniel and Coall, David A. and Dickins, Thomas E. (2011) Early-life conditions and age at first pregnancy in British women. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278 (1712). pp. 1721-1727. ISSN 0962-8452
Levene, Rebecca and Dickins, Thomas E. (2008) Sex-related invariance across cultures in an online role-playing game. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 6 (2). pp. 141-148. ISSN 1789-2082
Dickins, Thomas E. and Levy, Joe P. (2001) Evolution, development and learning - a nested hierarchy? In: Correctionist models of learning and evolution: the 6th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. Springer, pp. 263-270. ISBN 9781852333546
Dickins, Thomas E. and Dickins, David W. (2002) Is empirical imagination a constraint on adaptationist theory construction? (Commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (4). pp. 515-516.
Dickins, Thomas E. (2003) What can evolutionary psychology tell us about cognitive architecture? History and Philosophy of Psychology, 5 (1). pp. 1-16.
Dickins, Thomas E. (2003) General Symbol Machines: The first stage in the evolution of symbolic communication. Evolutionary Psychology . pp. 192-209.