Rafael is a DPhil student at Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology, under the supervision of Professor Robin Dunbar. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at Monash University Australia, as well as a one-year postgraduate research degree in Social Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Rafael has travelled extensively over the past decade and spent several years carrying out cultural and logistical research for commercial travel guides published by Lonely Planet Guidebooks.
Rafael's 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, Rafael is interested in applying evolutionary theory to understanding cross-cultural variation, human courtship rituals and mating strategies, gender differences, and the creation, structure and maintenance and of social networks.
Selected Academic Publications
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (in review). Is Love Blind? The effects of romantic love on cognition.
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (in press). Attitudes towards the importance of kissing in various romantic partner interactions. Archives of Sexual Behaviour
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (in press). Menstrual cycle effects on attitudes towards romantic kissing. Human Nature
Sanitioso, R. B., & Wlodarski, R. (2004). In search of information that confirms a desired self-perception: Motivated processing of social feedback and choice of social interactions. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
, 30, 412-422.
Lonely Planet travel guidebooks to the Philippines, Thailand, Peru, Egypt, The Middle East, India
and Southern India
, among others.
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