Robert Kurzban

BA, Psychology, Cornell University;
Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Office Location: 
Solomon Labs, 3720 Walnut St, Room C23; DUS Office, 123 Levin
Research Interests: 
Decision Processes
Evolutionary Psychology
Social and Cultural Psychology
Specific Research Areas: 

Evolutionary psychology

Research Synopsis: 

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.


Selected Publications: 

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.

Courses Taught: 

PSYC 272 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 374 Research Experience in Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 472 Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology


Kristopher Smith [Psychology Graduate Student]
Fatima Aboul-Seoud [Psychology Graduate Student]