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Professor Bridget Waller Inaugural Lecture

The evolution of facial expression

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Human facial expressions have evolved from ancient communicative signals shared with many other animals. Through comparisons with other species, we can learn about the form and function of human facial expressions and understand how they are used in social interaction. In this lecture, Professor Bridget Waller will summarise her research combining anatomy, psychology and cross-species analysis to help understand the evolution of our complex and subtle facial communication.

  • From: Wednesday 6 July 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Wednesday 6 July 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 5, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 6 July 2022, 1.00 pm
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Bridget Waller is Professor of Evolution and Social Behaviour and leads the Evolution and Social Interaction Research Group at Nottingham Trent University. She has a PhD in Psychology (University of Portsmouth, UK), MSc in Evolutionary Psychology (University of Liverpool) and BSc Zoology (Royal Holloway University of London).

She has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and received funding from national and international funders including the EU, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and British Psychological Society. Currently, she is working on European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant FACEDIFF ‘Individual differences in facial expressivity: Social function, facial anatomy and evolutionary origins’ which focuses on humans and rhesus macaques.

She has particular expertise in human and non-human facial expression and uses species-specific modifications of FACS (Facial Action Coding System) to make anatomically based, systematic comparisons between species (AnimalFACS).


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Newton building
Goldsmith Street


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