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    The behavioural constellation of deprivation: Causes and consequences.Gillian V. Pepper & Daniel Nettle - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40:1-72.
    Socioeconomic differences in behaviour are pervasive and well documented, but their causes are not yet well understood. Here, we make the case that a cluster of behaviours is associated with lower socioeconomic status, which we call “the behavioural constellation of deprivation.” We propose that the relatively limited control associated with lower SES curtails the extent to which people can expect to realise deferred rewards, leading to more present-oriented behaviour in a range of domains. We illustrate this idea using the specific (...)
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    Food insecurity as a driver of obesity in humans: The insurance hypothesis.Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews & Melissa Bateson - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
    Integrative explanations of why obesity is more prevalent in some sectors of the human population than others are lacking. Here, we outline and evaluate one candidate explanation, the insurance hypothesis. The IH is rooted in adaptive evolutionary thinking: The function of storing fat is to provide a buffer against shortfall in the food supply. Thus, individuals should store more fat when they receive cues that access to food is uncertain. Applied to humans, this implies that an important proximate driver of (...)
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    Preferences for redistribution are sensitive to perceived luck, social homogeneity, war and scarcity.Daniel Nettle & Rebecca Saxe - 2020 - Cognition 198 (C):104234.
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  4. Adaptive illusions: optimism, control and human rationality.Daniel Nettle - 2004 - In Dylan Evans & Pierre Cruse (eds.), Emotion, Evolution and Rationality. Oxford University Press.
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    Height and reproductive success in a cohort of british men.Daniel Nettle - 2002 - Human Nature 13 (4):473-491.
    Two recent studies have shown a relationship between male height and number of offspring in contemporary developed-world populations. One of them argues as a result that directional selection for male tallness is both positive and unconstrained. This paper uses data from a large and socially representative national cohort of men who were born in Britain in March 1958. Taller men were less likely to be childless than shorter ones. They did not have a greater mean number of children. If anything, (...)
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    Perceived Extrinsic Mortality Risk and Reported Effort in Looking after Health.Gillian V. Pepper & Daniel Nettle - 2014 - Human Nature 25 (3):378-392.
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  7. The small world of shakespeare’s plays.James Stiller, Daniel Nettle & Robin I. M. Dunbar - 2003 - Human Nature 14 (4):397-408.
    Drama, at least according to the Aristotelian view, is effective inasmuch as it successfully mirrors real aspects of human behavior. This leads to the hypothesis that successful dramas will portray fictional social networks that have the same properties as those typical of human beings across ages and cultures. We outline a methodology for investigating this hypothesis and use it to examine ten of Shakespeare’s plays. The cliques and groups portrayed in the plays correspond closely to those which have been observed (...)
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    No Country for Old Men.Daniel Nettle, Rebecca Coyne & Agathe Colléony - 2012 - Human Nature 23 (4):375-385.
    Within affluent societies, people who grow up in deprived areas begin reproduction much earlier than their affluent peers, and they display a number of other behaviors adapted to an environment in which life will be short. The psychological mechanisms regulating life-history strategies may be sensitive to the age profile of the people encountered during everyday activities. We hypothesized that this age profile might differ between environments of different socioeconomic composition. We tested this hypothesis with a simple observational study comparing the (...)
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  9. Individual differences.Daniel Nettle - 2009 - In Robin Dunbar & Louise Barrett (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Does Hunger Contribute to Socioeconomic Gradients in Behavior?Daniel Nettle - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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  11. Food Insecurity Moderates the Acute Effect of Subjective Socioeconomic Status on Food Consumption.Sarah Godsell, Michael Randle, Melissa Bateson & Daniel Nettle - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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  12. Hanging on to the edges: essays on science, society, and the academic life.Daniel Nettle - 2018 - Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers.
    What does it mean to be a scientist working today; specifically, a scientist whose subject matter is human life? Scientists often overstate their claim to certainty, sorting the world into categorical distinctions that obstruct rather than clarify its complexities. In this book Daniel Nettle urges the reader to unpick such distinctions--biological versus social sciences, mind versus body, and nature versus nurture--and look instead for the for puzzles and anomalies, the points of connection and overlap. These essays, converted from often humorous, (...)
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    Cognition and Society: Prolegomenon to a Dialog.Thom Scott-Phillips & Daniel Nettle - 2022 - Cognitive Science 46 (6):e13162.
    Cognitive Science, Volume 46, Issue 6, June 2022.
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    A ‘gendered need’ explanation does not fully explain lineage based differences in grandparental investment found in a large british cohort study.Thomas V. Pollet, Mark Nelissen & Daniel Nettle - 2012 - Journal of Biosocial Science 44 (3):377-381.
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    Strengths, altered investment, risk management, and other elaborations on the behavioural constellation of deprivation.Gillian V. Pepper & Daniel Nettle - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Why is creativity attractive in a potential mate?Daniel Nettle - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (3):275-276.
    A number of studies suggest that women find artistically creative men attractive, especially in the short-term mating context. Artistic creativity (but not mathematical or technical creativity) is linked to psychosis-proneness. I hypothesise that in preferring artistically creative men, women may be choosing paternal genotypes that make babies that are not excessively somatically demanding on them.
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    Rationalization: Why, when, and what for?Rebecca Saxe & Daniel Nettle - 2020 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43.
    In this commentary, we ask when rationalization is most likely to occur and to not occur, and about where to expect, and how to measure, its benefits.
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    Normality, disorder and evolved function: the case of depression.Daniel Nettle - 2011 - In Pieter R. Adriaens & Andreas de Block (eds.), Maladapting Minds: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Evolutionary Theory. Oxford University Press. pp. 198--215.
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    Reconciling the mutation-selection balance model with the schizotypy-creativity connection.Daniel Nettle - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (4):418-418.
    Keller & Miller (K&M) make a persuasive case for the role of mutation-selection balance in the persistence of such disorders as schizophrenia. However, there is evidence relating illness liability to creativity, which seems to imply balancing selection. I argue for a hybrid position, where schizotypal personality traits can have fitness advantages or disadvantages, with mutational load and neurodevelopmental conditions determining which outcome is observed. (Published Online November 9 2006).
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    Adaptive principles of weight regulation: Insufficient, but perhaps necessary, for understanding obesity.Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews & Melissa Bateson - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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