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    On the Perception of Newcomers.Aldo Cimino & Andrew W. Delton - 2010 - Human Nature 21 (2):186-202.
    Human coalitions frequently persist through multiple, overlapping membership generations, requiring new members to cooperate and coordinate with veteran members. Does the mind contain psychological adaptations for interacting within these intergenerational coalitions? In this paper, we examine whether the mind spontaneously treats newcomers as a motivationally privileged category. Newcomers—though capable of benefiting coalitions—may also impose considerable costs (e.g., they may free ride on other members, they may be poor at completing group tasks). In three experiments we show (1) that the mind (...)
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    Are Humans Too Generous and Too Punitive? Using Psychological Principles to Further Debates About Human Social Evolution.Max M. Krasnow & Andrew W. Delton - 2016 - Frontiers in Psychology 7.
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    The Sketch is Blank: No Evidence for an Explanatory Role for Cultural Group Selection.Max M. Krasnow & Andrew W. Delton - 2016 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39.
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  4. Are We There Yet? Every Computational Theory Needs a Few Black Boxes, Including Theories About Groups.Andrew W. Delton - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45.
    Pietraszewski exemplifies the need for computational theory using group conflict; I complement this with an example of group cooperation. He criticizes past theories for having black boxes; I suggest his theory also has a black box – the concept of costs. He divides what mentally constitutes a group from mere ancillary attributes; I hazard that some of these attributes are essential.
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    Beyond Market Behavior: Evolved Cognition and Folk Political Economic Beliefs.Talbot M. Andrews & Andrew W. Delton - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
    Boyer & Petersen lay out a compelling theory for folk-economic beliefs, focusing on beliefs about markets. However, societies also allocate resources through mechanisms involving power and group decision-making, through the political economy. We encourage future work to keep folkpoliticaleconomic beliefs in mind, and sketch an example involving pollution and climate change mitigation policy.
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