- Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group (SENRG) Research Group
BA(Hon), BBus, DPhil
Behavioural Scientist (Visiting Academic)
Behavioural insights into social behaviour
My research interests revolve around evolutionary approaches to the study of human behaviour and lie somewhere at the intersection of social and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, cognition and genetics. In particular, I am interested in understanding cross-cultural variation, gender differences, the establishment of mating pair-bonds, and the formation and maintenance of social relationships and their effects on health and wellbeing.
I utilise may techniques and technologies, including those stemming from neuroscience, classic behavioural research and genetics, as well as analysis of big data using Machine Learning to gain insights into human behaviour.
My work has straddled the fields of Behaviour Insights, Data Science, and Science Communication. I most recently worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group (SENRG), headed by Professor Robin Dunbar, and remain a visiting academic with the group. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at Monash University Australia, a one-year postgraduate research degree in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne (BSc(Hon)), and completed my DPhil (PhD) Thesis in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. I have travelled extensively over the past decade and had previously spent several years carrying out cultural and logistical research for commercial travel guides published by Lonely Planet Guidebooks.
When BOLD is thicker than water: processing social information about kin and friends at different levels of the social network.
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2016), Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 11, 1952 - 1960
The God Allusion : Individual Variation in Agency Detection, Mentalizing and Schizotypy and Their Association with Religious Beliefs and Behaviors.
Wlodarski R. and Pearce E., (2016), Hum Nat, 27, 160 - 172
Reply to Falcon.
Dunbar RI. and Wlodarski R., (2016), Biol Lett, 12
The Relationship Between Cognitive and Affective Empathy and Human Mating Strategies
Wlodarski R., (2015), Evolutionary Psychological Science, 1, 232 - 240
Higher-order mentalising and executive functioning
Launay J. et al, (2015), Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 6 - 14
ARE WITHIN-SEX MATING STRATEGY PHENOTYPES AN EVOLUTIONARY STABLE STRATEGY?
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2015), Hum Ethol Bull, 30, 99 - 108
Stay or stray? Evidence for alternative mating strategy phenotypes in both men and women.
Wlodarski R. et al, (2015), Biol Lett, 11
The Effects of Romantic Love on Mentalizing Abilities.
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2014), Rev Gen Psychol, 18, 313 - 321
What's in a kiss? The effect of romantic kissing on mating desirability.
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2014), Evol Psychol, 12, 178 - 199
Inference or enaction? The impact of genre on the narrative processing of other minds.
Carney J. et al, (2014), PLoS One, 9
"i just don't get it": Perceived artists' intentions affect art evaluations
Jucker JL. et al, (2014), Empirical Studies of the Arts, 32, 149 - 182
Menstrual cycle effects on attitudes toward romantic kissing.
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2013), Hum Nat, 24, 402 - 413
Examining the possible functions of kissing in romantic relationships.
Wlodarski R. and Dunbar RI., (2013), Arch Sex Behav, 42, 1415 - 1423
In search of information that confirms a desired self-perception: motivated processing of social feedback and choice of social interactions.
Sanitioso RB. and Wlodarski R., (2004), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 30, 412 - 422