Noon Expert: Dr Mairi Macleod

You CAN find love later in life! Our Noon expert reveals why we shouldn't always trust our gut instincts and how to identify, attract and desire someone to create a fantastic relationship.

Dr Mairi Macleod is a behavioural biologist who – after many years of writing, researching and consulting on human behaviour around relationships – has developed strategies to help women in midlife find love, all using peer-reviewed science and her behavioural knowledge and experience.

Mairi started her career studying animal behaviour, and for her Ph.D researched the mating and reproductive strategies of wild samango monkeys in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She has written extensively on human behaviour, relationships, and competition for, among others, New Scientist Magazine, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and has lectured at several universities.

She has used her own strategy successfully herself to find the love of her life – her second husband – and ever since has been helping other midlife women to do the same. She teaches her unique method for finding a happy, lasting relationship via her online course and you can read more about her and her scientific approach to dating on her site.

Explore Mairi’s Course: How to find a partner

Note: Mairi’s work tends to focus on women seeking heterosexual relationships, since this is where her experience and expertise lie – and when it comes to the biology of attraction, there are significant differences between men and women. However, most of the advice she offers is helpful for women of any sexual preference.


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