My research focuses on kin recognition, facial resemblance and face perception. Specifically, I am interested in how humans use facial resemblance to tell who their kin are and how people respond to cues of kinship in different circumstances. I am also interested in how the visual system learns about faces and what visual adaptation effects can tell us about the face perception system. I was awarded a €2M ERC Consolidator Grant in 2015 for the project "How do humans recognise kin?"
I was appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's inaugural Young Academy in 2012 and elected co-chair in 2013. I am a Council Member for the international Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) and received the HBES New Investigator Award in 2002 and the Early Career Award in 2012. I am an Associate Editor for the journals British Journal of Psychology and Evolution and Human Behavior.
After completing a Master's degree in Biology in 2000 at the University of Michigan, I completed my PhD in 2004 in the Daly-Wilson Lab at McMaster University and in 2006 completed an NSF International Fellowship at the University of St Andrews, working with David Perrett.
DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Watkins, C. D., Roberts, S. C., Little, A. C., Smith, F. G. & Quist, M. (2011). Opposite-sex siblings decrease attraction, but not prosocial attributions, to self-resembling opposite-sex faces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(28): 11710-11714. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1105919108
DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Crawford, J. R., Welling, L. L. M. & Little, A. C. (2010). The health of a nation predicts their mate preferences: Cross-cultural variation in women's preferences for masculinized male faces. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277(1692): 2405-2410. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2184
DeBruine, L. M., Jones, B. C., Smith, F. G. & Little, A. C. (2010). Are attractive men's faces masculine or feminine? The importance of controlling confounds in face stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36(3): 751-758. doi: 10.1037/a0016457
How do humans recognise kin? (2015–2020). ERC Consolidator Grant. (€1,984,776).