The logic of social exchange: Has natural selection shaped how humans reason? Studies with the Wason selection task
- L. Cosmides
- 1 April 1989
The Adapted mind : evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture
Although researchers have long been aware that the species-typical architecture of the human mind is the product of our evolutionary history, it has only been in the last three decades that advances…
Cognitive adaptations for social exchange.
It is argued that humans have a faculty of social cognition, consisting of a rich collection of dedicated, functionally specialized, interrelated modules organized to collectively guide thought and behavior with respect to the evolutionarily recurrent adaptive problems posed by the social world.
The psychological foundations of culture.
One of the strengths of scientific inquiry is that it can progress with any mixture of empiricism, intuition, and formal theory that suits the convenience of the investigator. Many sciences develop…
Are humans good intuitive statisticians after all? Rethinking some conclusions from the literature on judgment under uncertainty
The past explains the present: Emotional adaptations and the structure of ancestral environments
Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face
- Aaron Sell, L. Cosmides, J. Tooby, Daniel Sznycer, Christopher R. von Rueden, M. Gurven
- PsychologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 February 2009
Tests support the hypothesis that the human cognitive architecture includes mechanisms that assess fighting ability—mechanisms that focus on correlates of upper-body strength, and are the first empirical demonstration that, for humans, judgements of strength and judgement of fighting ability not only track each other, but accurately track actual upper- body strength.
On the universality of human nature and the uniqueness of the individual: the role of genetics and adaptation.
An evolutionary approach to psychological variation reconceptualizes traits as either the output of species-typical, adaptively designed development and psychological mechanisms, or as the result of genetic noise creating perturbations in these mechanisms.
Formidability and the logic of human anger
- Aaron Sell, J. Tooby, L. Cosmides
- PsychologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 1 September 2009
The fact that stronger men favored greater use of military force in international conflicts provides evidence that the internal logic of the anger program reflects the ancestral payoffs characteristic of a small-scale social world rather than rational assessments of modern payoffs in large populations.
Friendship and the Banker's Paradox: Other Pathways to the Evolution of Adaptations for Altruism
The Banker's Paradox is defined, and it is shown how its solution can select for cognitive machinery designed to deliver benefits to others, even in the absence of traditional reciprocation.