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Functional projection: how fundamental social motives can bias interpersonal perception.
Results from 2 experimental studies suggest that self-protection and mate-search goals lead to the perception of functionally relevant emotional expressions in goal-relevant social targets.Expand
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The influence of mortality and socioeconomic status on risk and delayed rewards: a life history theory approach.
Why do some people take risks and live for the present, whereas others avoid risks and save for the future? The evolutionary framework of life history theory predicts that preferences for risk andExpand
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Environmental contingency in life history strategies: the influence of mortality and socioeconomic status on reproductive timing.
Why do some people have children early, whereas others delay reproduction? By considering the trade-offs between using one's resources for reproduction versus other tasks, the evolutionary frameworkExpand
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When the Economy Falters, Do People Spend or Save? Responses to Resource Scarcity Depend on Childhood Environments
Just as modern economies undergo periods of boom and bust, human ancestors experienced cycles of abundance and famine. Is the adaptive response when resources become scarce to save for the future orExpand
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Sexually selective cognition: beauty captures the mind of the beholder.
Across 5 experimental studies, the authors explore selective processing biases for physically attractive others. The findings suggest that (a). both male and female observers selectively attend toExpand
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Evolution of direct reciprocity under uncertainty can explain human generosity in one-shot encounters
Are humans too generous? The discovery that subjects choose to incur costs to allocate benefits to others in anonymous, one-shot economic games has posed an unsolved challenge to models of economicExpand
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The financial consequences of too many men: sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending.
The ratio of males to females in a population is an important factor in determining behavior in animals. We propose that sex ratio also has pervasive effects in humans, such as by influencingExpand
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Facing the future: Memory as an evolved system for planning future acts
All organisms capable of long-term memory are necessarily oriented toward the future. We propose that one of the most important adaptive functions of long-term episodic memory is to store informationExpand
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The future-orientation of memory: Planning as a key component mediating the high levels of recall found with survival processing
In a series of papers, Nairne and colleagues have demonstrated that tasks encouraging participants to judge words for relevance to survival led to better recall than did tasks lacking survivalExpand
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How the mind makes welfare tradeoffs: evolution, computation, and emotion
It feels easy and intuitive to make decisions about welfare tradeoffs  — decisions pitting personal welfare against the welfare of someone else. Just because something feels easy, however, does notExpand
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