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Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

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e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de

Publications

2017

Johnston, M. E., Kelly, J. T., Lindvall, M. E., McElreath, R., & Klimley, A. P. (2017). Experimental evaluation of the use of vision and barbels as references for rheotaxis in green sturgeon. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 496(Supplement C), 9-15.
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Koster, J., & McElreath, R. (2017). Multinomial analysis of behavior: Statistical methods. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71: 138.
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Bunce, J. A., & McElreath, R. (2017). Interethnic interaction, strategic bargaining power, and the dynamics of cultural norms: A field study in an Amazonian population (Advance online). Human Nature.
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Barrett, B. J., McElreath, R., & Perry, S. E. (2017). Pay-off-biased social learning underlies the diffusion of novel extractive foraging traditions in a wild primate. Proc. R. Soc. B, 284(1856): 20170358.
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Aplin, L. M., Sheldon, B. C., & McElreath, R. (2017). Conformity does not perpetuate suboptimal traditions in a wild population of songbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(30), 7830-7837.
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2016

Smaldino, P. E., & McElreath, R. (2016). The natural selection of bad science. Royal Society Open Science, 3(9): 160384.
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Bauch, C. T., & McElreath, R. (2016). Disease dynamics and costly punishment can foster socially imposed monogamy. Nature Communications, 7: 11219.
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Durand, J., Fleenor, W., McElreath, R., Santos, M. J., & Moyle, P. (2016). Physical controls on the distribution of the submersed aquatic weed egeria densa in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta and implications for habitat restoration. San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, 14(1): 4.
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Weinersmith, K. L., Hanninen, A. F., Sih, A., McElreath, R., & Early, R. L. (2016). The relationship between handling time and cortisol release rates changes as a function of brain parasite densities in California killifish Fundulus parvipinnis. Journal of Fish Biology, 88(3), 1125-1142.
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McElreath, R. (2016). Statistical rethinking: A bayesian course with examples in R and Stan. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
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2015

Bunce, J. A., & McElreath, R. (2015). Cross-cultural perceptions of norm distributions at an Amazonian ethnic boundary: Causes and consequences of cultural dynamics. Talk presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Denver, CO. 2015-11-17 - 2015-11-22.
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McElreath, R., & Smaldino, P. E. (2015). Replication, communication, and the population dynamics of scientific discovery. PLoS One, 10(8): e0136088.
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Arsnoe, I. M., Hickling, G. J., Ginsberg, H. S., McElreath, R., & Tsao, J. I. (2015). Different populations of blacklegged tick nymphs exhibit differences in questing behavior that have implications for human lyme disease risk. PLoS One, 10(5): e0127450.
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Stevens, N. E., & McElreath, R. (2015). When are two tools better than one? Mortars, millingslabs, and the California acorn economy. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 37, 100-111.
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Beheim, B. A., Ross, C., Thigpen, C., & McElreath, R. (2015). Cultural evolution in games of chess and go. Talk presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological association. Denver, CO. 2015-11-17 - 2015-11-22.
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Wallin, A., & McElreath, R. (2015). Strategies for advice taking: The role of epistemic social information. Economics and Philosophy, 31, 67-91.
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2014

Bunce, J. A., & McElreath, R. (2014). Ethnic boundaries, norms, and cultural change in an Amazonian population. Talk presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC. 2014-12-02 - 2014-12-07.
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Beheim, B. A., Thigpen, C., & McElreath, R. (2014). Strategic social learning and the population dynamics of human behavior: The game of Go. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(5), 351-357.
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McElreath, R., & Koster, J. (2014). Using multilevel models to estimate variation in foraging returns effects of failure rate, harvest size, age, and individual heterogeneity. Human Nature, 25(1), 100-120.
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Beheim, B. A., Thigpen, C., & McElreath, R. (2014). Evolutionary dynamics in the game of Go. Talk presented at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. University of California, Los Angeles.
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2013

House, B. R., Silk, J. B., Henrich, J., Barrett, H. C., Scelza, B. A., Boyette, A. H., Hewlett, B. S., McElreath, R., & Laurence, S. (2013). Ontogeny of prosocial behavior across diverse societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(36), 14586-14591.
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Smaldino, P. E., Schank, J. C., & McElreath, R. (2013). Increased costs of cooperation help cooperators in the long run. The American Naturalist, 181(4), 451-463.
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Schroeder, K. B., McElreath, R., & Nettle, D. (2013). Variants at serotonin transporter and 2A receptor genes predict cooperative behavior differentially according to presence of punishment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(10), 3955-3960.
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2012

Iglesias, T., McElreath, R., & Patricelli, G. (2012). Western scrub-jay funerals: Cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics. Animal Behaviour, 84(5), 1103-1111.
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Baum, W. M., Paciotti, B., Richerson, P., Lubell, M., & McElreath, R. (2012). Cooperation due to cultural norms, not individual reputation. Behavioural Processes, 91(1), 90-93.
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Dawes, C. T., Loewen, P. J., Schreiber, D., Simmons, A. N., Flagan, T., McElreath, R., Bokemper, S. E., Fowler, J. H., & Paulus, M. P. (2012). Neural basis of egalitarian behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(17), 6479-6483.
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Henrich, J., Boyd, R., McElreath, R., Gurven, M., Richerson, P. J., Ensminger, J., Alvard, M., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Camerer, C. F., Cardenas, J.-C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H. M., Gil-White, F., Gwako, E. L., Henrich, N., Hill, K., Lesorogol, C., Patton, J. Q., Marlowe, F. W., Tracer, D. P., & Ziker, a. J. (2012). Culture does account for variation in game behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(2), E32-E33.
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McElreath, R., Wallin, A., & Fasolo, B. (2012). The evolutionary rationality of social learning. In R. Hertwig, U. Hoffrage, & ABC Research Group (Eds.), Simple heuristics in a social world (pp. 381-408).
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2011

Cordes, C., Richerson, P., McElreath, R., & Strimling, P. (2011). How does opportunistic behavior influence firm size? An evolutionary approach to organizational behavior. Journal of Institutional Economics, 7(1), 1-21.
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Paciotti, B., Richerson, P., Baum, B., Lubell, M., Waring, T., McElreath, R., Efferson, C., & Edsten, E. (2011). Are religious individuals more generous, trusting, and cooperative? An experimental test of the effect of religion on prosociality. In L. Obadia, & D. C. Wood (Eds.), The economics of religion: Anthropological approaches (pp. 267-305). Emerald.
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Patricelli, G. L., Krakauer, A. H., & McElreath, R. (2011). Assets and tactics in a mating market: Economic models of negotiation offer insights into animal courtship dynamics on the lek. Current Zoology, 57(2), 225-236. Retrieved from http://www.currentzoology.org/paperdetail.asp?id=11836.
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2010

Henrich, J., Ensminger, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., & Ziker, J. (2010). Markets, religion, community size, and the evolution of fairness and punishment. Science, 327(5972), 1480-1484.
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Mulder, M. B., Fazzio, I., Irons, W., McElreath, R., Bowles, S., Bell, A., Hertz, T., & Hazzah, a. L. (2010). Pastoralism and wealth inequality: Revisiting an old question [Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and Inequality in Premodern Societies]. Current Anthropology, 51(1), 35-48.
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Sih, A., Stamps, J., Yang, L. H., McElreath, R., & Ramenofsky, M. (2010). Behavior as a key component of integrative biology in a human-altered world. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50(6), 934-944.
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Smirnov, O., Dawes, C. T., Fowler, J. H., Johnson, T., & McElreath, R. (2010). The behavioral logic of collective action: Partisans cooperate and punish more than nonpartisans. Political Psychology, 31(4), 595-616.
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2009

McElreath, R. (2009). Linking the micro and macro in cultural evolution [Review of "Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution" by Stephen Shennan (Ed.)]. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(11), 588-589.
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Borgerhoff Mulder, M., Bowles, S., Hertz, T., Bell, A., Beise, J., Clark, G., Fazzio, I., Gurven, M., Hill, K., Hooper, P. L., Irons, W., Kaplan, H., Leonetti, D., Low, B., Marlowe, F., McElreath, R., Naidu, S., Nolin, D., Piraino, P., Quinlan, R., Schniter, E., Sear, R., Shenk, M., Smith, E. A., von Rueden, C., & Wiessner, P. (2009). Intergenerational wealth transmission and the dynamics of inequality in small-scale societies. Science, 326(5953), 682-688.
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McElreath, R. (2009). The coevolution of genes, innovation, and culture in human evolution. In P. M. Kappeler, & J. Silk (Eds.), Mind the gap: Tracing the origins of human universals (pp. 451-474).
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McEachern, M., McElreath, R., Van Vuren, D. H., & Eadie, J. M. (2009). Another genetically promiscuous ‘polygynous’ mammal: Mating system variation in Neotoma fuscipes. Animal Behaviour, 77(2), 449-455.
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Bell, A. V., Richerson, P. J., & McElreath, R. (2009). Culture rather than genes provides greater scope for the evolution of large-scale human prosociality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(42), 17671-17674.
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Johnson, T., Dawes, C. T., Fowler, J. H., McElreath, R., & Smirnov, O. (2009). The role of egalitarian motives in altruistic punishment. Economics Letters, 102(3), 192-194.
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2008

McElreath, R., Bell, A. V., Efferson, C., Lubell, M., Richerson, P. J., & Waring, T. (2008). Beyond existence and aiming outside the laboratory: Estimating frequency-dependent and pay-off-biased social learning strategies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 363(1509), 3515-3528.
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Cordes, C., Richerson, P. J., McElreath, R., & Strimling, P. (2008). A naturalistic approach to the theory of the firm: The role of cooperation and cultural evolution. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 68(1), 125-139.
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McElreath, R., & Strimling, P. (2008). When natural selection favors imitation of parents. Current Anthropology, 49(2), 307-316.
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Marlowe, F. W., Berbesque, J. C., Barr, A., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Ensminger, J., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, J., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., McElreath, R., & Tracer, D. (2008). More ‘altruistic’ punishment in larger societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1634), 587-590.
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Efferson, C., Lalive, R., Richerson, P. J., McElreath, R., & Lubell, M. (2008). Conformists and mavericks: The empirics of frequency-dependent cultural transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29(1), 56-64.
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McElreath, R., Boyd, R., Gigerenzer, G., Glöckner, A., Hammerstein, P., Kurzban, R., Magen, S., Richerson, P. J., Robson, A., & Stevens, J. R. (2008). Individual decision making and the evolutionary roots of institutions. In C. Engel, & W. Singer (Eds.), Better than conscious? Decision making, the human mind, and implications for institutions (pp. 325-342). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
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2007

Efferson, C., Takezawa, M., & McElreath, R. (2007). New methods in quantitative ethnography: Economic experiments and variation in the price of equality. Current Anthropology, 48(6), 912-919.
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McElreath, R., Luttbeg, B., Fogarty, S. P., & Sih, T. B. A. (2007). Evolution of animal personalities. Nature, 450, E5-E6.
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Dawes, C. T., Fowler, J. H., Johnson, T., McElreath, R., & Smirnov, O. (2007). Egalitarian motives in humans. Nature, 446, 794-796.
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Henrich, J., & McElreath, R. (2007). Dual-inheritance theory: The evolution of human cultural capacities and cultural evolution. In L. Barrett, & R. Dunbar (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (pp. 555-570). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Pr.
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McElreath, R., & Henrich, J. (2007). Modelling cultural evolution. In L. Barrett, & R. Dunbar (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology (pp. 571-585). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Pr.
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McElreath, R., & Boyd, R. (2007). Mathematical models of social evolution: A guide for the perplexed. Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Pr.
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Efferson, C., Richerson, P. J., McElreath, R., Lubell, M., Edsten, E., Waring, T. M., Paciotti, B., & Baum, W. (2007). Learning, productivity, and noise: An experimental study of cultural transmission on the Bolivian Altiplano. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28(1), 11-17.
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Newson, L., Postmes, T., Lea, S., Webley, P., Richerson, P. J., & McElreath, R. (2007). Influences on communication about reproduction: The cultural evolution of low fertility. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28(3), 199-210.
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2006

McElreath, R., & Strimling, P. (2006). How noisy information and individual asymmetries can make ‘personality’ an adaptation: A simple model. Animal Behaviour, 72(5), 1135-1139.
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Henrich, J., McElreath, R., Barr, A., Ensminger, J., Barrett, C., Bolyanatz, A., Cardenas, J. C., Gurven, M., Gwako, E., Henrich, N., Lesorogol, C., Marlowe, F., Tracer, D., & Ziker, J. (2006). Costly punishment across human societies. Science, 312(5781), 1767-1770.
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Bettinger, R. L., Winterhalder, B., & McElreath, R. (2006). A simple model of technological intensification. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33(4), 538-545.
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Eerkens, J. W., Bettinger, R. L., & McElreath, R. (2006). Cultural transmission, phylogenetics, and the archaeological record. In C. P. Lipo, M. J. O'Brien, M. Collard, & S. J. Shennan (Eds.), Mapping our ancestors: Phylogenetic approaches in anthropology and prehistory (pp. 169-183). New Brunswick [u.a.]: Aldine Transaction.
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2005

Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H., McElreath, R., Alvard, M., Barr, A., Ensminger, J., Henrich, N. S., Hill, K., Gil-White, F., Gurven, M., Marlowe, F. W., Patton, J. Q., & Tracer, D. (2005). “Economic man” in cross-cultural perspective: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(6), 795-815.
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McElreath, R. (2005). Perspectives on Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed [CA Forum on Anthropology in Public]. Current Anthropology, 46(S5), S96-S97.
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McElreath, R., Lubell, M., Richerson, P. J., Waring, T. M., Baum, W., Edsten, E., Efferson, C., & Paciotti, B. (2005). Applying evolutionary models to the laboratory study of social learning. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26(6), 483-508.
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Stamps, J., McElreath, R., & Eason, P. (2005). Alternative models of conspecific attraction in flies and crabs. Behavioral Ecology, 16(6), 974-980.
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2004

McElreath, R. (2004). Social learning and the maintenance of cultural variation: An evolutionary model and data from East Africa. American Anthropologist, 106(2), 308-321.
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Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C. F., Fehr, E., Gintis, H., & McElreath, R. (2004). Overview and synthesis. In Foundations of human sociality (pp. 8-54). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Pr.
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McElreath, R. (2004). Community structure, mobility, and the strength of norms in an African society: The Sangu of Tanzania. In Foundations of human sociality (pp. 335-355). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Pr.
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McElreath, R., & Camerer, C. (2004). Appendix: Estimating risk-aversion from ultimatum game data. In J. Henrich, R. Boyd, S. Bowles, C. Camerer, E. Fehr, & H. Gintis (Eds.), Foundations of human sociality (pp. 436-438). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Pr.
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2003

Gigerenzer, G., & McElreath, R. (2003). [Comment] Social intelligence in games. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 159(1), 188-194. Retrieved from http://www.digizeitschriften.de/dms/resolveppn/?PID=PPN34561688X_0159|log24.
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Henrich, J., & McElreath, R. (2003). The evolution of cultural evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology, 12(3), 123-135.
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McElreath, R. (2003). Reputation and the evolution of conflict. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 220(3), 345-357.
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McElreath, R., & Boyd, R. (2003). Shared norms and the evolution of ethnic markers. Current Anthropology, 44(1), 122-129.
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McElreath, R., Clutton-Brock, T. H., Fehr, E., Fessler, D. M. T., Hagen, E. H., Hammerstein, P., Kosfeld, M., Milinski, M., Silk, J. B., Tooby, J., & Wilson, M. I. (2003). Group report: The role of cognition and emotion in cooperation. In P. Hammerstein (Ed.), Genetic and cultural evolution of cooperation (pp. 125-152). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Pr.
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2002

Henrich, J., & McElreath, R. (2002). [Reply]: On risk‐prone peasants: Cultural transmission or Sigmoid utility maximization? Current Anthropology, 43(5), 787-789.
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Henrich, J., & McElreath, R. (2002). Are peasants risk-averse decision makers? Current Anthropology, 43(1), 172-181.
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2001

Soltis, J., & McElreath, R. (2001). Can females gain extra paternal investment by mating with multiple males? A game theoretic approach. The American Naturalist, 158(5), 519-529.
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Henrich, J., Boyd, R., Bowles, S., Camerer, C., Fehr, E., Gintis, H., & McElreath, R. (2001). In search of homo economicus: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies. The American economic review, 91(2), 73-78.
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