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c.bale@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473477



Biography

I joined the University in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, having previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire, and for the Open University. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Psychology in 2003, and gained an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Liverpool the following year. I then moved to the University of Central Lancashire, where I began my teaching career and doctoral studies, which I completed in 2010. My PhD involved examining the relationship between self-perceptions of physical attractiveness and self-esteem, and I am currently in the process of publishing this work in collaboration with my supervisor, Professor John Archer.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

Research interests

My primary research interests involve examining self-perception, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships, drawing on both classical social-cognitive and evolutionary psychological principles, and using experimental and multivariate methods to attempt to understand these. I also conduct research on relationship initiation, and my research on “chat-up lines” attracted a great deal of interest in the national and international press. Recently I have collaborated with colleagues researching areas of mental health such as self-harm and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2018

Bale, C (2018) ‘Self-esteem tracks mate value’. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. : Springer. . ISBN 978-3-319-19649-7

Bale, C (2018) ‘Sex-Specific Link Between Self-Esteem And Mate Value’. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. : Springer. . ISBN 978-3-319-19649-7

Bale, C (2018) ‘Self-Evaluations Track Perceived Mate Value’. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. : Springer. . ISBN 978-3-319-19649-7

2014

Bate, C., Boduszek, D., Dhingra, K. and Bale, C. (2014) ‘Psychopathy, Intelligence and Emotional Responding in a Non-Forensic Sample: An Experimental InvestigationJournal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology , 25 (4), pp. 600-612. ISSN 1478-9949

2013

Bale, C (2013) ‘Self-perception, Self-esteem and Relationship Behaviour’. In: Psychologists in the Pub: Invited public lecture organised by the British Psychological Society West Midlands Branch, 14th May 2013, Oxford, U.K.

Bale, C (2013) ‘Romantic desirability, self-esteem and relationship behaviour in women’. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 9-11 Apr 2013, Harrogate, UK.

Bale, C. and Archer, J. (2013) ‘Self-Perceived Attractiveness, Romantic Desirability and Self-Esteem: A Mating Sociometer PerspectiveEvolutionary Psychology , 11 (1), pp. 68-84. ISSN 1474-7049

2012

Newton, C. and Bale, C. (2012) ‘A Qualitative Analysis of Perceptions of Self-Harm in Members of the General Public.Journal of Public Mental Health , 11 (3), pp. 106-116. ISSN 1746-5729

Bale, C (2012) ‘Investigating causal relationships between self-perceptions of attractiveness and self-esteem in women’. In: British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, 21-23 August 2012, St Andrews, Scotland

Bale, C (2012) ‘Testing causal relationships between self-perceived attractiveness and self-esteem.’. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 18-20 Apr 2012, London, UK

2011

Bale, C (2011) ‘Testing causal relationships between self-perceived attractiveness and self-esteem.’. In: British Psychological Society North East Branch 4th Annual Conference, 21st Oct 2011, York, UK

2007

Cooper, M., O'Donnell, D., Caryl, P., Morrison, R. and Bale, C. (2007) ‘Chat-up lines as male displays: Effects of content, sex, and personalityPersonality and Individual Differences , 43 (5), pp. 1075-1085. ISSN 01918869

Rogers, K., Coyne, S. and Bale, C. (2007) ‘The effect of early communication on the self-esteem of deaf peopleDeaf Worlds , 23 (1), pp. 44-65. ISSN 1362-3125

2006

Bale, C., Morrison, R. and Caryl, P. (2006) ‘Chat-up lines as male sexual displaysPersonality and Individual Differences , 40 (4), pp. 655-664. ISSN 01918869

Esteem

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol): British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Degree Supervision

MRes Supervision:

  • Chane Roodt: ‘A cross cultural study of support workers’ perceptions of bullying in an educational setting.’

I am particularly interested in supervising projects in the following areas:

  • Self-esteem and self-perception
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Physical attractiveness
  • Experimental social psychology and social cognition
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Evolutionary psychology

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Christopher Bale

2017-18

PhD
MSc by Research

2018-19

PhD
MSc by Research

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader: BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader

  • HHB1004 Individual Differences and the World of Work
  • HHB1073 Final Year Project in Psychological Studies

Contributions to

  • HFB2007 Perspectives in Psychology
  • HFB2008 Introduction to Cognition, Biological Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods
  • HFB2009 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • HIB1038 Contemporary Ideas in Psychology
  • HHB1020 Final Year Project in Psychology
  • HHB1011 Applied Research Module