I am a BBSRC funded PhD student in the lab and study whether carotenoid colouration of human skin is a valid indication of health. Carotenoids are a group of pigments that are obtained from our diet, and contribute towards the yellow and orange tones in human skin. During my PhD I aim to test whether carotenoid colour acts as a marker of overall health by testing whether levels vary in relation to exercise, stress and illness.
Prior to joining the Perception Lab, I completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Dundee, graduating in 2013 with a 1st class degree, class prize and an award for best dissertation.
Beyond my thesis I am interested in a range and psychobiology topics including health related decision making, evolutionary medicine, sleep psychology and public health. Between February and May 2015 I undertook a full-time graduate internship in public health with NHS Health Scotland.
Henderson AJ, Holzleitner IJ, Talamas SN, Perrett DI. (2016) Perception of health from facial cues. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150380. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0380
Henderson, A., Robinson, M., McAdams, R., McCartney, G., & Beeston, C. (2015). Tracking Biases: An Update to the Validity and Reliability of Alcohol Retail Sales Data for Estimating Population Consumption in Scotland. Alcohol and Alcoholism, agv109.