Andrew W. Delton

 

 

 

Assistant Professor

Center for Behavioral Political Economy

Department of Political Science

College of Business

Stony Brook University

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andrew.delton@stonybrook.edu

 

 

2010 PhD, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Primary Field: Evolutionary Psychology

Minors: Quantitative Methods, Cognitive Science, Human Development

2006 MA, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

2003 BS, Psychology, Arizona State University

 

 

How do people work together efficiently and effectively? Why do we sometimes sacrifice our own welfare to improve the welfare of someone else? I address these questions by mapping the cognitive and emotional mechanisms that enable human sociality. To understand how these mechanisms operate, we need to understand how they were created -- that is, how they evolved. These mechanisms evolved for a lifestyle vastly different from modern mass societies; they evolved for the face-to-face communities of our forager ancestors. By using knowledge of the past to map the present design of human psychology, we can understand how the mind produces behavior in modern political, business, and institutional environments.

 

 

Research Topics

 

Evolutionary Psychology

Political Psychology

Behavioral Economics

Cooperation & Altruism

Social Cognition

 

 

Publications

 

*Krasnow, M. M., *Delton, A. W., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2016). Looking under the hood of third-party punishment reveals design for personal benefit. Psychological Science, 27, 405-418. [PDF]

*Shared first-authorship between Krasnow and Delton.

 

*Krasnow, M. M. & *Delton, A. W. (2016). Are humans too generous and too punitive? Using psychological principles to further debates about human social evolution. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 799. [PDF]

*Shared first-authorship between Krasnow and Delton.

 

Krasnow, M. M. & Delton, A. W. (2016). The sketch is blank: No evidence for an explanatory role for cultural group selection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 43-44. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E. (2016). How the mind makes welfare tradeoffs: Evolution, computation, and emotion. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 12-16. [PDF]

 

*Krasnow, M. M., *Delton, A. W., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2015). Group cooperation without group selection: Modest punishment can recruit much cooperation. PLoS ONE, 10, e0124561. [PLoS, PDF]

*Shared first-authorship between Krasnow and Delton.

 

Delton, A. W. & Krasnow, M. M. (2015). Adaptationist approaches to moral psychology. In J. Decety and T. Wheatley (Eds.), The moral brain (pp. 19-34). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [PDF]

 

Kirkpatrick, M., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., de Wit, H. (2015). Prosocial effects of MDMA: A measure of generosity. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29, 661-668. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W. & Krasnow, M. M. (2014). An independent replication that the evolution of direct reciprocity under uncertainty explains one-shot cooperation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 547-548. [PDF]

 

Robertson, T. E., Delton, A. W., Klein, S. B., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2014). Keeping the benefits of group cooperation: Domain-specific responses to distinct causes of social exclusion. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 472-480. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W. & Sell, A. (2014). The co-evolution of concepts and motivation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 115-120. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Nemirow, J., Robertson, T. E., Cimino, A., & Cosmides, L. (2013). Merely opting out of a public good elicits moralization: An error management approach to cooperation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 621-638. [PDF]

 

*Krasnow, M. M., *Delton, A. W., Tooby, J., Cosmides, L., (2013). Meeting now suggests we will meet again: Implications for debates on the evolution of generosity. Nature Scientific Reports, 3, 1747, DOI:10.1038/srep1747. [PDF]

*Shared first-authorship between Krasnow and Delton.

 

Griskevicius, V., Ackerman, J. M., Cantu, S., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., Simpson, J. A., Emery Thompson, M., & Tybur, J. M. (2013). When the economy falters, do people spend or save? Responses to resource scarcity depend on childhood environments. Psychological Science, 24, 197-205. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Cosmides, L., Guemo, M., Robertson, T. E., & Tooby, J. (2012). The psychosemantics of free riding: Dissecting the architecture of a moral concept. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1252-1270. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W. & Robertson, T. E. (2012). The social cognition of social foraging: Partner selection by underlying valuation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 715-725. [PDF]

 

*Sznycer, D., *Takemura, K., *Delton, A. W., Sato, K., Robertson, T. E., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2012). Cross-cultural differences and similarities in proneness to shame: An adaptationist and ecological approach. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 352-370. [PDF]

*Shared first-authorship among Sznycer, Takemura, and Delton.

 

Krasnow, M. M. & Delton, A. W. (2012). Is there evidence for special design of a group-selected psychology? Comment on Steven Pinker's The false allure of group selection. Edge. Retrieved from http://edge.org/conversation/the-false-allure-of-group-selection#mkad [PDF]

 

Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., Ackerman, J. M., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., & White, A. E. (2012). The financial consequences of too many men: Sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 69-80. [PDF]

 

Klein, S. B., Robertson, T. E., Delton, A. W., Lax, M. L. (2012). Familiarity and personal experience as mediators of recall when planning for future contingencies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 240-245. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Krasnow, M. M., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2011). The evolution of direct reciprocity under uncertainty can explain human generosity in one-shot encounters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 13335-13340. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Krasnow, M. M., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2011). Reply to McNally and Tanner: Generosity evolves when cooperative decisions must be made under uncertainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,108, E972. [PDF]

 

Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., Delton, A. W., & Robertson, T. E. (2011). The influence of mortality and socioeconomic status on preferences for risk and delayed rewards: A life history theory approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 1015-1026. [PDF]

 

Griskevicius, V., Delton, A. W., & Robertson, T. E., Tybur, J. M. (2011). Environmental contingency in life-history strategies: Influence of mortality and socioeconomic status on reproductive timing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 241-254. [PDF]

 

Klein, S. B., Robertson, T. E., & Delton, A. W. (2011). The future-orientation of memory: Planning as a key component mediating the high levels of recall found with survival processing. Memory, 19, 121-139. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Krasnow, M. M., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2010). Evolution of fairness: Rereading the data. Science, 329 (5990), 389. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W. & Cimino, A. (2010). Exploring the newcomer concept: Experimental tests of a cognitive model. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 317-335. [PDF]

 

Cimino, A. & Delton, A. W. (2010). On the perception of newcomers: Toward an evolved psychology of intergenerational coalitions. Human Nature, 21, 186-202. [PDF]

 

Klein, S. B., Robertson, T. E., & Delton, A. W. (2010). Facing the future: Memory as an evolved system for planning future acts. Memory and Cognition, 38, 13-22. [PDF]

 

Kenrick, D. T., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., Becker, D. V., & Neuberg, S. L. (2007). How the mind warps: A social evolutionary perspective on cognitive processing disjunctions. In J. P. Forgas, M. G. Haselton, & W. Von Hippel (Eds.), The evolution of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and social cognition (pp. 49-68). New York: Psychology Press. [PDF]

 

Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., & Kenrick, D. T. (2006). The mating game isn't over: A reply to Buller's critique of the evolutionary psychology of mating. Evolutionary Psychology, 4, 262-273. [PDF]

 

Maner, J. K., Kenrick, D. T., Becker, D. V., Robertson, T. E., Hofer, B., Neuberg, S. L., Delton, A. W., Butner, J., & Schaller, M. (2005). Functional projection: How fundamental social motives can bias interpersonal perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 63-78. [PDF]

 

Maner, J. K., Kenrick, D. T., Becker, D. V., Delton, A. W., Hofer, B., Wilbur, C. J., & Neuberg, S. L. (2003). Sexually selective cognition: Beauty captures the mind of the beholder. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 1107-1120. [PDF]