Dr Katie Daughters

Department of Psychology
Dr Katie Daughters



My research seeks to answer questions about the biological underpinnings of social behaviour. I enjoy taking an interdisciplinary approach and use a range of methodologies to address related research questions. My research incorporates topics such as emotion, social cognition, neuroscience and well-being. A few of my current projects are detailed below. Understanding the psychological consequences of adult-onset craniopharyngioma This project seeks to understand the psychological impact of a diagnosis of adult-onset craniopharyngioma, a pituitary tumour that can disrupt endocrine functioning. Very few studies have investigated how this disruption may impact patients’ lives outside of the clinic. The study will use a sequential mixed-method design to gain a detailed understanding of the impact of this diagnosis on patients’ social functioning and psychological well-being. This project is funded by an Early Career Grant from the Society for Endocrinology ( Emotion perception in social interactions This project seeks to understand how we perceive emotions in social interactions. The project will investigate to what extent we use contextual information to evaluate emotional expressions. For example, whether we take into the account the emotional expression of an interaction partner when evaluating the emotion of a target individual. Or whether it makes a difference if the interaction partner represents a different group identity to the target individual.


  • PhD Cardiff University, (2016)

  • MSc Social Science Research Methods Cardiff University,

  • BSc(Hons) Zoology Queen Mary, University of London,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex (1/7/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Early Career Research Fellow, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University (2/10/2016 - 31/12/2018)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Psychology, Bangor University (1/1/2019 - 30/6/2020)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Discovering Psychology: The Science Behind Human Behaviour (PS111)

  • Preparing for University Psychology (PS116)

  • Applied Psychology (PS118)


Journal articles (12)

Daughters, K., Rees, A., Hunnikin, L., Wells, A., Hall, J. and van Goozen, S., Oxytocin administration versus emotion training in healthy males: Considerations for future research. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Triki, Z., Daughters, K. and De Dreu, C., Oxytocin has ‘Tend-and-Defend’ Functionality in Group Conflict Across Social Vertebrates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR. and van der Schalk, J., (2021). Oxytocin and emotion recognition: Investigating the possible roles of facial synchrony and eye gaze. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology. 2, 100019-100019

Savory, K., Garay, SM., Sumption, LA., Kelleher, JS., Daughters, K., Janssen, AB., Van Goozen, S. and John, RM., (2020). Prenatal symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with sex differences in both maternal perceptions of one year old infant temperament and researcher observed infant characteristics. Journal of Affective Disorders. 264, 383-392

Daughters, K. and Burley, D., (2020). The effect of oxytocin on pupil response to naturalistic dynamic facial expressions. Hormones and Behaviour. 125, 104837-104837

Bhargava, R., Daughters, KL. and Rees, A., (2019). Oxytocin therapy in hypopituitarism: Challenges and opportunities. Clinical Endocrinology. 90 (2), 257-264

Hubble, K., Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR., Rees, A., Thapar, A. and van Goozen, SHM., (2017). Oxytocin increases attention to the eyes and selectively enhances self-reported affective empathy for fear. Neuropsychologia. 106, 350-357

Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR., Ten Velden, FS. and De Dreu, CKW., (2017). Oxytocin modulates third-party sanctioning of selfish and generous behavior within and between groups. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 77, 18-24

Hubble, K., Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR., Rees, A., Thapar, A. and van Goozen, SHM., (2017). Oxytocin Reduces Face Processing Time but Leaves Recognition Accuracy and Eye-Gaze Unaffected. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 23 (1), 23-33

Ten Velden, FS., Daughters, K. and De Dreu, CKW., (2017). Oxytocin promotes intuitive rather than deliberated cooperation with the in-group. Hormones and Behavior. 92, 164-171

Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR. and Rees, DA., (2017). Hypopituitarism is associated with lower oxytocin concentrations and reduced empathic ability. Endocrine. 57 (1), 166-174

Daughters, K., Manstead, ASR., Hubble, K., Rees, A., Thapar, A. and van Goozen, SHM., (2015). Salivary Oxytocin Concentrations in Males following Intranasal Administration of Oxytocin: A Double-Blind, Cross-Over Study. PLOS ONE. 10 (12), e0145104-e0145104

Grants and funding


Understanding the psychological consequences of living with adult-onset craniopharyngioma

The Society for Endocrinology

+44 (0) 1206 872371


1.702, Colchester Campus