My research focuses on the nature of evolved cognitive adaptations for social life. This includes processes such as those involved with cooperative decision making, punishment, morality, close relationships, and mate choice. I use methods drawn from experimental economics and cognitive psychology to address these questions.
Professor Robert Kurzban will not be accepting new graduate students for admission for Fall 2018.
Kurzban, R., Burton-Chellew, M.N., & West, S. (2015). The evolution of altruism in humans. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 575-599.
Weeden, J. & Kurzban, R. (2014). The hidden agenda of the political mind: How self-interest shapes our opinions and why we won't admit it. Princeton University Press.
Kurzban, R., Duckworth, A., Kable, J., & Myers, J. (2013). An opportunity cost model of subjective effort and task performance. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(6), 661-679.
DeScioli, P., & Kurzban, R. (2013). A solution to the mysteries of morality. Psychological Bulletin, 139(2), 477-496.
McCullough, M. E., Kurzban, R., & Tabak, B. A. (2013). Cognitive systems for revenge and forgiveness. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 36, 1-15.
Tybur, J. M., Lieberman, D., Kurzban, R., & DeScioli, P. (2013). Disgust: Evolved function and structure. Psychological Review, 120(1), 65-84.
Kurzban, R. (2011). Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite: Evolution and the modular mind. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
DeScioli, P., & Kurzban, R. (2009). Mysteries of morality. Cognition, 112, 281-299.
PSYC 272 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 374 Research Experience in Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 472 Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology