Rafael is a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology, working with Professor Robin Dunbar in the SENRG lab. Rafael 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 in the past worked as a design consultant in the corporate sector, and has travelled extensively over the past decade, spending 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 press). The Effects of Romantic Love on Mentalizing Abilities. Review of General Psychology.
Carney, J., Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2014). Inference or Enaction? The Influence of Genre on the Narrative Processing of Other Minds. PlosONE.
9(12), e114172. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114172
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2014). What's in a Kiss? The Effect of Romantic Kissing on Mate Desirability. Evolutionary Psychology, 12
(1), 167-188. PDF
Jucker, J.-L., Barrett, J. L., & Wlodarski, R. (2014). "I just don't get it": Perceived Artists' Intentions Affect Art Evaluations. Empirical Studies of the Arts
, 32(2), 149-182. PDF
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2013). Examining the Possible Functions of Kissing in Romantic Relationships. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 42
(8), 1425-1423. doi:10.1007/s10508-013-0190-1
Wlodarski, R. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2013). Menstrual cycle effects on attitudes towards romantic kissing. Human Nature, 24
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. doi:10.1177/0146167203261882
Lonely Planet travel guidebooks to the Philippines, Thailand, Peru, Egypt, The Middle East, India
and Southern India
, among others.
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