Several lines of research in our lab address topics that are controversial, and some our work challenges widely accepted ideas or methods. Here we have collected relevant critical papers, from various research groups, as a resource for those who are also interested in these topics.

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Altruistic Punishment, Strong Reciprocity, and Related Topics

Ego Depletion and the Glucose Model of Self-Control

Oxytocin Administration and Measurement

Altruistic Punishment, Strong Reciprocity, and Related Topics

Baumard, N. (2010), Has punishment played a role in the evolution of cooperation? A critical reviewMind and Society, 171-192.

Baumard, N. (2011), Punishment is not a group adaptation: Humans punish to restore fairness rather than to support group cooperationMind and Society, 10 (1) 1-26.

Baumard, N., André, J.B. and Sperber, D., (2013) A Mutualistic Approach to MoralityBehavioral and Brain Sciences, 36 (1) 59-122.

Burnham, T & Johnson, DDP (2005) The evolutionary and biological logic of human cooperation. Analyse & Kritik, 27, 113-135.

Burton-Chellew, M.N. & West, S.A. (2013) Pro-social preferences do not explain human cooperation in public-goods games. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 110, 216-221

Delton, A. W, Krasnow, M. M., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (2011). Evolution of direct reciprocity under uncertainty can explain human generosity in one-shot encounters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 108, 13335-13340.

Hagen, E. H., & Hammerstein, P. (2006). Game theory and human evolution: A critique of some recent interpretations of experimental games.Theoretical Population biology, 69, 339-348.

Guala, F. (2012). Reciprocity: Weak or strong? What punishment experiments do (and do not) demonstrate.Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(01), 1-15.

Inglis, R.F., West, S.A. & Buckling, A. (In press). An experimental study of strong reciprocity in bacteria.Biology Letters,10.

Kaplan, H. S., Schniter, E., Smith, V. L., & Wilson, B. J. (2012). Risk and the evolution of human exchangeProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, rspb20112614.

Krasnow, M.M., Cosmides, L., Pedersen, E. J., & Tooby, J. (2012). What are punishment and reputation for? PLoS ONE 7(9): e45662.

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 cooperation. Nature Scientific Reports, 3, 1747.

Kümmerli, R., Burton-Chellew, M.N., Ross-Gillespie, A. & West, S.A. (2010) Resistance to extreme strategies, rather than prosocial preferences, can explain human cooperation in public goods gamesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107, 10125-10130.

Kurzban, R., & DeScioli, P. (2013). Adaptationist punishment in humans. Journal of Bioeconomics, 15, 267-279.

Lehmann, L., Rousset, F., Roze, D., & Keller, L. (2007). Strong reciprocity or strong ferocity? A polulation genetic view of the evolution of altruistic punishment. The American Naturalist, 170

McCullough, M. E., Kurzban, R., & Tabak, B. A. (2013). Cognitive systems for revenge and forgiveness (with commentaries and response). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 1-58.

Pedersen, E. J., Kurzban, R., & McCullough, M. E. (2013). Do humans really punish altruistically? A closer look. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280, 20122723.

Pinker, S. (2012). The false allure of group selectionEdge

Price M. E., Brown W. M., Curry O. S. (2007). The integrative framework for the behavioural sciences has already been discovered, and it is the adaptationist approachBehavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 39-40.

Price, M. E., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (2002). Punitive sentiment as an anti-free rider psychological device. Evolution and Human Behavior, 23, 203-231.

Roos, P., Gelfand, M., Nau, D., & Carr (2014) High strength-of-ties and low mobility enable the evolution of third-party punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281.

Sperber, D. & Baumard, N. (2012) Morality and reputation in an evolutionary perspectiveMind and Language, 27 (5), 495-518.

West, S.A., Griffin, A.S. & Gardner, A. (2007) Social semantics: altruism, cooperation, mutualism, strong reciprocity and group selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20, 415-432.

West, S.A., El Mouden, C. & Gardner, A. (2011) 16 common misconceptions about the evolution of cooperation in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior32, 231-262.

Winking, J., & Mizer, N. (2013). Natural-field dictator game shows no altruistic giving. Evolution and Human Behavior34, 288-293.

Yamagishi, T., Horita, Y., Mifune, N., Hashimoto, H., Li, Y., Shinada, M., ... & Simunovic, D. (2012). Rejection of unfair offers in the ultimatum game is no evidence of strong reciprocity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (50), 20364-20368.

Ego Depletion and the Glucose Model of Self-Control

Carter, E. C., & McCullough, M. E. (2013). Is ego depletion too incredible? Evidence for the overestimation of the depletion effectBehavioral and Brain Sciences

Carter, E. C., & McCullough, M. E. (2014). Publication bias and the limited strength model of self-control: Has the evidence for ego depletion been overestimated? Frontiers in Psychology5, 823.

Hagger, M. S., & Chatzisarantis, N. L. (2014). It is premature to regard the ego-depletion effect as “Too Incredible”Frontiers in Psychology5.

Kurzban, R. (2010). Does the brain consume additional glucose during self-control tasks? Evolutionary Psychology8, 245-260.

Kurzban, R., Duckworth, A., Kable, J. W., & Myers, J. (2013). An opportunity cost model of subjective effort and task performanceBehavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 661-679.

Lange, F., & Eggert, F. (2014). Sweet delusion. Glucose drinks fail to counteract ego depletionAppetite75, 54.

Lange, F., & Kurzban, R. (2014). Sugar levels relate to aggression in couples without supporting the glucose model of self-control. Frontiers in Psychology5, 572.

Oxytocin Administration and Measurement

Churchland, P. S., & Winkielman, P. (2012). Modulating social behavior with oxytocin: how does it work? What does it mean? Hormones and behavior, 61, 392-399.

Guastella, A. J., Hickie, I. B., McGuinness, M. M., Otis, M., Woods, E. A., Disinger, H. M., Chan, H. K., Chen T. F., & Banati, R. B. (2013). Recommendations for the standardisation of oxytocin nasal administration and guidelines for its reporting in human researchPsychoneuroendocrinology38, 612-625.

McCullough, M. E., Churchland, P. S., & Mendez, A. J. (2013). Problems with measuring peripheral oxytocin: can the data on oxytocin and human behavior be trusted? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews37, 1485-1492.

Modi, M. E., Connor-Stroud, F., Landgraf, R., Young, L. J., & Parr, L. A. (2014). Aerosolized oxytocin increases cerebrospinal fluid oxytocin in rhesus macaques.Psychoneuroendocrinology45, 49-57.

Robinson, K. J., Hazon, N., Lonergan, M., & Pomeroy, P. P. (2014). Validation of an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for plasma oxytocin in a novel mammal species reveals potential errors induced by sampling procedure. Journal of neuroscience methods226, 73.

Szeto, A., McCabe, P. M., Nation, D. A., Tabak, B. A., Rossetti, M. A., McCullough, M. E., Schneiderman, N., & Mendez, A. J. (2011). Evaluation of enzyme immunoassay and radioimmunoassay methods for the measurement of plasma oxytocin. Psychosomatic Medicine73, 393-400.