Dr Manpal Singh Bhogal

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Psychology

About Me

I completed my undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Wolverhampton in 2007. Upon completion, I went onto study for a MSc in Health Psychology at Aston University in 2008. From 2009-2014, I worked at NHS trusts in Sandwell and Shropshire as a Health Improvement Advisor. I then took an interest in Evolutionary Psychology and began studying for my PhD on a part-time basis at the University of Wolverhampton, under the supervision of Prof. Ken Manktelow and Dr Niall Galbraith (2011-2017). Whilst competing my PhD, I held a Research Associate post with HEFCE, and then took a full-time post at Coventry University as an Assistant Lecturer in Psychology, primarily teaching and supervising students on the Undergraduate Psychology course (2014-2017). I currently hold Visiting Lecturer (Psychology) posts at the University of Northampton and Wolverhampton. I started working as a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University in October 2017.


  • PhD in Experimental Psychology (University of Wolverhampton)

  • Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education (Coventry University)

  • NCFE Counselling Skills, Level 2 (City of Wolverhampton College)

  • MSc Health Psychology (Aston University)

  • BSc (hons) Psychology (University of Wolverhampton)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Social Evolutionary Psychology

Enterprise and Commercial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member for Springer Journal Current Psychology

  • Ad-hoc Reviewer for Several International Psychology Journals

  • Visiting Lecturer (University of Northampton/University of Wolverhampton)

  • Member of the Cognition in Context Research Group (University of Wolverhampton)

  • Member of the Open Science Research Group at Coventry University

  • Research collaborations with Psychology departments at Osaka University (Japan), University of Sibiu (Romania), University of Worcester (UK), University of Wolverhampton (UK) and Coventry University (UK)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in Social Evolutionary Psychology. I am interested in prosocial behaviour from both an evolutionary, and social perspective. I have published several articles adopting a behavioural game-theoretic approach to explore cooperative behaviour in the laboratory (see below). I am also interested in intra-sexual competition between men, and women, and mate choice in general.

Selected Publications

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (in press). A Research Note on The Influence of Relationship Length and Sex on Preferences for Altruistic and Cooperative Mates. Psychological Reports. DOI:10.1177/0033294118764640

Deans, H., & Bhogal, M. S. (in press). Perpetrating Cyber Dating Abuse: A Brief Report on the Role of Aggression, Romantic Jealousy and Gender. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-017-9715-4

Keys, E., & Bhogal, M. S. (in press). Mean Girls: Provocative Clothing Leads to Intra-sexual Competition between Females. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9536-x

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2018). The Challenges of Exploring the Relationship between Physical Attractiveness and Altruism using Economic Games. SAGE Research Methods Cases for Psychology (part 2). DOI: 10.4135/9781526436214 
Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2017). Physical Attractiveness, Altruism and Cooperation in an Ultimatum Game. Current Psychology, 36(3), 549-555. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9443-1

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2016b). Physical Attractiveness and Altruism in two Modified Dictator Games. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38(4), 212 222. DOI:10.1080/01973533.2016.1199382

Bhogal, M. S., Galbraith, N., & Manktelow, K. (2016a). Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Altruism: Males Are More Altruistic Towards Attractive Females. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 7(1), 10-13. DOI: 10.5178/lebs.2016.42

Erik, E., & Bhogal, M. S. (2016). Do the Dark Triad and Self-perceived Mate Value Predict Intention to Mate Poach? Letters on Evolutionary Behavioural Science, 7(2), 1-4. DOI: 10.5178/lebs.2016.50

Bhogal, M. S., & Corbett, S. (2016). The Influence of Aggressiveness on Rape Myth Acceptance among University Students. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23(5)709-715. DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1142931

Bhogal, M. S. & Langford, R. (2014). Gender Differences in Weight Loss: Evidence from a NHS Weight Management Service, Public Health, 128(9), 811-813. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2014.06.019

Langford, R., Lacey, C., & Bhogal, M. S. (2012). Serve up a change that lasts for life: Evaluating a CBT based NHS pre-bariatric weight management service. Health Service Journal, 122, 35-36


Current Teaching

  • Evolutionary Psychology

  • Level 6 Dissertation Supervisor

  • Comparative Psychology

  • Foundations in Psychology

  • Understanding the Social World

  • Introduction to Research Methods

  • Further Research Methods

  • People Behaving Badly


Dr Manpal Singh Bhogal
Staffordshire University
School of Life Sciences and Education
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 295866
e: m.bhogal@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @DrManiBhogal