Hendon Town Hall Committee Room 3, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4AX
The Psychology department welcomes guest speaker, Dr Minna Lyons (University of Liverpool) to present her research seminar titled 'The Dark Triad: evolutionary bases for individual differences'.
In this talk, Minna presents her recent findings supporting the idea that some aspects of manipulative personality traits relate to fast life history strategies.
Animals (including humans) show consistent individual differences in behaviour. Rather than being the result of random genetic noise, these differences can be adaptive.
Life History Theory (LHT) presents one of the most convincing explanations for individual differences. According to the LHT framework, when faced with risky environments, it may be adaptive to start reproduction early, and invest in a quantity rather than quality of offspring.
Risky, impulsive, and manipulative behaviours may be part of a tool-kit that facilitates a fast life history strategy. It has been suggested that fast life history strategies are typical of individuals who are high in the Dark Triad (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) of personality.
Everyone is welcome to this talk and there is no need to book in advance.
Minna’s main research interests are individual differences from an evolutionary perspective. She is using the Life History theory as a framework in investigating individual differences in altruism, social intelligence, morality, attachment, and the Dark Triad of personality (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy).