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Loren Abell

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Loren is a lecturer in Psychology and associate course leader for single honours 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.

Research areas

Loren is interested in the influence of Machiavellianism in social behaviour and social relationships. Loren is also particularly interested in how Machiavellianism develops and the relationship between Machiavellianism and family relationships.


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.