Sean Talamas

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working with David Perrett in the Perception Lab at the University of St. Andrews. Most of my research has focused on perceived intelligence, the attractiveness halo, and individual differences that may influence these perceptions (watch TEDx talk here). I also have a deep interest in relating my research back to the classroom by examining expectancy effects, academic performance, intelligence, and variables which influence academic performance (e.g. grit, locus of control, theories of intelligence etc.). My current research is focused on the role of fitness, sleep, stress, diet, and illness on perceptions of health and intelligence. Further to this, I look forward to exploring individual differences in sport and academic performance.

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Talamas, S.N., Mavor, K. I., Axelsson, J., Sundelin, T., & Perrett, D. I. (2016). Eyelid-openness and mouth curvature influence perceived intelligence beyond attractiveness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Talamas, S.N., Mavor, K. I., & Perrett, D. I. (2016). Blinded by beauty: Attractiveness bias and accurate perceptions of academic performance. Public Library of Science One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148284

Talamas, S.N., Mavor, K. I., & Perrett, D. I. (2016). Own intelligence and endorsement of the intelligence-attractiveness halo. Personality and Individual Differences. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.053

Henderson AJ, Holzleitner IJ, Talamas SN, Perrett DI. (2016) Perception of health from facial cues. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0380