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 Kurzban won't be accepting new graduate students for admission in fall 2015.
PSYC 272 Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 374 Research Experience in Evolutionary Psychology
PSYC 474 Cooperation in Groups
PSYC 600 Proseminar in Evolution, Culture & Behavior
Psychology Graduate Group
Kurzban, R., Duckworth, A., Kable, J., & Myers, J. (in press). An opportunity cost model of subjective effort and task performance. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
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.
Kurzban, R. (2010). Does the brain consume additional glucose during self-control tasks? Evolutionary Psychology, 8(2), 229-244.
DeScioli, P., & Kurzban, R. (2009). Mysteries of morality. Cognition, 112, 281-299.
DeScioli, P., & Kurzban, R. (2009). The alliance hypothesis for human friendship. PLoS ONE, 4(6): e5802.