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Loren Abell

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Loren is a lecturer and researcher in Social and Personality Psychology. She teaches across all years of the undergraduate course and on the MSc courses at the city campus. This includes tutorials, research methods, and advanced Social Psychology. Loren also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

She teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology tutorials (module leader)
  • Research Methods One
  • Research Methods and Statistics Two
  • Professional Practice in Psychology
  • Psychology of Sex
  • Advanced Social Psychology (module leader)
  • Psychology of Cyberspace and Online Behaviour

Research areas

Loren's PhD and accompanying research focused on the influence of Machiavellianism in social behaviour and social relationships. Loren is particularly interested in personality and the use of indirect aggression and emotional manipulation in social contexts. Recently, Loren has been conducting research into aggression and banter in online and offline contexts.


Abell, L., Buglass, S., Betts, L. (2019). FOMO and relational aggression on Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22 (12), 799-803.

Láng, A., & Abell, L. (2018). Relationship between interparental functioning and adolescents' level of Machiavellianism: a multi-perspective approach. Personality and Individual Differences,120, 213-221.

Brewer, G., & Abell, L. (2017). Machiavellianism, relationship satisfaction, and romantic relationship quality. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 13, 491-502.

Brewer, G., & Abell, L. (2017). Machiavellianism and romantic relationship dissolution. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 226-230

Abell, L., & Brewer, G., (2016). Machiavellianism, Quality of Alternatives and Resistance to Mate Guarding. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 236-239.

Brewer, G., Abell, L., & Lyons, M. (2016). Machiavellianism, pretending orgasm and sexual intimacy. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 155-158.

Abell, L., Brewer, G., Qualter, P., & Austin, E. (2016). Machiavellianism, emotional manipulation, and friendship functions in women’s friendships. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 108-113.

Abell, L., Qualter, P., Brewer, G., Barlow, A., Stylianou, M., Henzi, P., & Barrett, L. (2015). Why Machiavellianism Matters in Childhood: The Relationship between Children's Machiavellian Traits and their Peer Interactions in a Natural Setting. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 11, 484-493.

Brewer, G., Hunt, D., James, G., & Abell, L. (2015). Dark Triad Traits, Infidelity and Romantic Revenge. Personality and Individual Differences, 18, 122-127.

Brewer, G., & Abell, L. (2015). Machiavellianism in Long-Term Relationships: Competition, Mate Retention and Sexual Coercion. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology,56, 357-62.

Brewer, G., & Abell, L.  (2015). Machiavellianism and sexual behavior: Motivations, deception and infidelity. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 186-191.

Abell, L., Lyons, M., & Brewer. G. (2014). The relationship between Parental Bonding, Machiavellianism and Adult Friendship Quality. Individual Differences Research, 12, 191-197.

Abell, L., & Brewer, G. (2014). Machiavellianism, Self-Monitoring, Self-Promotion and Relational Aggression on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 258-262.

Brewer, G., Abell, L., & Lyons, M. (2014). Machiavellianism, Self-Disclosure and Competition in Friendships. Individual Differences Research, 12, 1-7.

Brewer, G., Abell, L., & Lyons, M. (2013). It’s not just a man-thing: Testing sex as a moderator between peer attachment and Machiavellianism, competition and self-disclosure. Individual Differences Research, 11, 114-120.

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