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The evolution of personality variation in humans and other animals.
  • D. Nettle
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American psychologist
  • 1 September 2006
A comprehensive evolutionary framework for understanding the maintenance of heritable behavioral variation in humans is yet to be developed. Some evolutionary psychologists have argued that heritableExpand
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Cues of being watched enhance cooperation in a real-world setting
We examined the effect of an image of a pair of eyes on contributions to an honesty box used to collect money for drinks in a university coffee room. People paid nearly three times as much for theirExpand
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An evolutionary approach to the extraversion continuum
Abstract Heritable individual differences in personality have not been fully accounted for within the framework of evolutionary psychology. This paper argues that personality axes such asExpand
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The Paranoid Optimist: An Integrative Evolutionary Model of Cognitive Biases
  • M. Haselton, D. Nettle
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and social psychology review : an…
  • 1 February 2006
Human cognition is often biased, from judgments of the time of impact of approaching objects all the way through to estimations of social outcomes in the future. We propose these effects and a hostExpand
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Using Social Impact Theory to simulate language change
Abstract This paper presents a framework for simulating language change in social networks derived from Social Impact Theory. In this framework, the language learner samples the speech of individualsExpand
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Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are
Preface 1. Character matters 2. The beak of the finch 3. Wanderers 4. Worriers 5. Controllers 6. Empathizers 7. Poets 8. The other half 9. Singing with your own voice Appendix: The NewcastleExpand
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Dying young and living fast: variation in life history across English neighborhoods
Where the expected reproductive life span is short, theory predicts that individuals should follow a "fast" life-history strategy of early reproduction, reduced investment in each offspring, and highExpand
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Empathizing and systemizing: what are they, and what do they contribute to our understanding of psychological sex differences?
  • D. Nettle
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • British journal of psychology
  • 1 May 2007
Empathizing and systemizing have recently been put forward as two important individual-difference dimensions, whose different mean levels in men and women are argued to account for many psychologicalExpand
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The watching eyes effect in the Dictator Game: it's not how much you give, it's being seen to give something
Abstract In a classic study, Haley and Fessler showed that displaying subtle eye-like stimuli caused participants to behave more generously in the Dictator Game. Since their paper was published,Expand
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Linguistic diversity of the Americas can be reconciled with a recent colonization.
  • D. Nettle
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 16 March 1999
The Americas harbor a very great diversity of indigenous language stocks, many more than are found in any other continent. J. Nichols [(1990) Language 66, 475-521] has argued that this diversityExpand
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