Contact Information:
Aaron Sell
School of Criminology
Griffith University, Mount Gravatt
176 Messines Ridge Road
Mount Gravatt, QLD, 4121
Australia
sell@psych.ucsb.edu



Aaron Sell
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Griffith University, Mount Gravatt; Australia

Education

Post-doctoral Researcher, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 2006-2010

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005.  Adviser: Leda Cosmides.  Dissertation: Regulating Welfare Tradeoff Ratios: Three Tests of an Evolutionary-Computational Model of Human Anger

B.A. in Psychology (summa cum laude), Ohio University.  Minor: Computer Science.  1998
Advisors: Gary Schumacher and Daniel Lassiter. Senior Honors Thesis: “Specialization in Long and Short Term Mating Strategies: Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Intelligence, SES, and Attachment Style".

Employment

Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US and Canada), School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia. Jan. 2011 – present

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara.  2006

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara. 2001, 2002 and 2004

Grants, Awards, Fellowships

Young Investigator Award - International Society for Research on Aggression 2007

Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, Graduate Division 2005

Humanities and Social Science Research Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

UCSB Special Regents Fellowship, UCSB 1998-2002

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Barbara, Graduate Student Association 2000

Phi Beta Kappa, Ohio University, 1997

Publications

Petersen, M.B, Sznycer, D., Sell, A., Tooby, J., Cosmides, L. (2012).  The ancestral logic of politics: Upper body strength regulates men’s assertion of self-interest over income redistribution.  Psychological Science, in press.

Sell, A. (2012).  Revenge can be more fully understood by making distinctions between anger and hatred.  Commentary on McCullough, Kurzan & Tabak’s “Cognitive Systems for Revenge and Forgiveness.”  Behavioral and brain sciences, in press. (.pdf)

Petersen, M.B., Sell, A., Tooby, J., and Cosmides, L. (2012).  To punish or repair? An evolutionary and computational dissection of criminal justice intuitions.  Evolution and Human Behavior, in press. (.pdf)

Sell, A. (2012).  Evolved cognitive adaptations.  In J. Vonk & T. Shackelford (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology.  Oxford University Press.

Sell, A., Hone, L. & N. Pound (2012).  The importance of physical strength to human males.  Human Nature, 23, 30-44. (.pdf)

Sell, A. (2011).  The recalibrational theory and violent anger.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16, 381-389. (.pdf)

Sell, A. (2011). Applying adaptationism to human anger: the recalibrational theory.  In P. R. Shaver & M. Mikulincer (eds.), Human Aggression and Violence.  Washington DC: American Psychological Association. (.pdf)

Sell, A., Bryant, G., Cosmides, L.,Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C., Krauss, A. & M. Gurven. (2010). Adaptations in humans for assessing physical strength and fighting ability from the voice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 3509-18. (.pdf)

Hess, N., Helfrecht, C., Hagen, E., Sell, A. & Hewlett, B. (2010).  Interpersonal aggression among Aka hunter-gatherers of the Central African Republic: Assessing the effects of sex, strength, and anger.  Human Nature, 21, 330-354. (.pdf)

Petersen, M.B., Sell, A., Tooby, J., and Cosmides, L. (2010).  Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal Justice: A Recalibrational Theory of Punishment and Reconciliation.  In Høgh-Olesen, H. (Ed.) Human Morality and Sociality, Palgrave Macmillan. (.pdf)

Sell, A., Tooby, J., & Cosmides, L. (2009).  Formidability and the logic of human anger.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 106(35), 15073-78. (.pdf)

Sell, A. (2009).  Standards of evidence for designed sex differences.  Commentary on John Archer’s “Does sexual selection explain human sex differences in aggression?”  Behavioral and brain sciences , 32, 289. (.pdf)

Sell, A., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C. & Gurven, M. (2009).  Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276, 575-584. (.pdf)

Tooby, J., Cosmides, L., Sell, A., Lieberman, D. & Sznycer, D. (2008).  Internal regulatory variables and the design of human motivation: A computational and evolutionary approach.  In Elliot, Andrew J. (2008). Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation. (pp. 251-271). New York, NY, US: Psychology Press. (.pdf)

Sell, A. (2006).  Regulating welfare tradeoff ratios: Three tests of an evolutionary-computational model of human anger.  Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 66(8-B), pp. 4516. (.pdf)

Sell, A., Hagen, E., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (2002).  Evolutionary Psychology: Applications and Criticisms.  Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.  Nature Publishing Group, 47-53. (.pdf)

Manuscripts in Preparation

Sell, A., Tooby, J. & Cosmides L.  The origin of the anger face.

Sell, A., Tooby, J., Cosmides, L., von Rueden, C. & Gurven, M.  Strength and anger among the Tsimane Indians of Bolivia.

Sell, A., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., Lim, J., Krauss. A., & L. Sugiyama.  Anger and welfare trade-off ratios: Mapping the computational architecture of a recalibrational emotion system across four countries.

Sell, A., Krasnow, M. & Truxaw, D.  The developmental trajectory of strength assessment: preschoolers can assess adult strength from facial photographs.

Sell, A., Sznycer, D., Lim, J., Cosmides, L. & J. Tooby.  A cross-cultural content analysis of the anger-based arguments: evidence for the recalibrational theory of anger.

Keynote, Plenary, & Public Addresses

Sell, A. & Stenning, P.  “Pros and cons of civilian gun ownership.”  School of Criminology
Debate Series, Sept. 20th, 2012.

Sell, A. “Formidability and the logic of anger.”  UQ Evolutionary Psychology Group, University of Queensland.  Brisbane, Australia, May. 2012.

Sell, A. “Understanding anger in the context of mental health.”  Psychiatric Grand Rounds, Cottage Health System.  Santa Barbara, California, Feb. 2010.

Sell, A. "The evolutionary psychology of human anger."  Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology Pre–Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 2010.

Sell, A.  “An evolutionary-computational model of human anger.”  Behavior, Evolution and Culture Speaker Series.  Organized by the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, & Culture.  Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 2009.

Sell, A. “The Evolutionary Biology of Human Anger.”  Understanding and Reducing Aggression, Violence and Their Consequences: Keynote address.  Organized by the Herzliya Symposium on Personality and Social Psychology. Herzilya, Israel, March 2009.

Sell, A.  “The role of physical strength in anger and anger expressions.”  The Evolution of Human Aggression: Lessons for Today’s Conflicts: Keynote address.  Organized by the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Forum. Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 2009.

Sell, A.  “Anger’s Evolutionary Origin.”  UCSB Affiliates: Science Lite.  Santa Barbara, CA, Feb. 2008.

Sell, A.  “Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology.”  UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life: Keynote address. Organized by the Encino-Tarzana Regional Hospital. Los Angeles, California, Oct. 2004.

Conference Papers

Sell, A. Violence and physical strength in the human male: an evolutionary analysis.  American
Society of Criminology Annual Conference.  Nov. 15th, 2012.

Sell, A.  Anger in a cooperative context.  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Oregon, June 16th to 21st, 2010.

Sell, A., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J.  Mapping the “grammar” of anger-based arguments.  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, California State University at Fullerton, May 27th to 31st, 2009.

Sell, A.  The Computational Structure of Human Anger.  The GCOE 1st International Symposium: Evolution and the Sociality of Mind, February 23-24, 2008.

Sell, A., Tooby, J. & Cosmides, L.  Violent Yells Dissected: Physical Strength is Revealed in the Voice and Enhanced during Anger.  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, College of William and Mary, May 30th - June 3rd, 2007.

Sell, A.  Strength and Anger in Human Males.  Southern California Animal Behavior Conference, UC Santa Barbara, March, 2007.

Sell, A.  The function of anger expressions: Why does his face look like that?  International Society for Research on Aggression, University of Minnesota, July 25-29, 2006.

Sell, A. Strength and Anger: Individual differences in anger, aggression and political attitudes conform to a Paleolithic logic of aggression.  International Society for Research on Aggression, University of Minnesota, July 25-29, 2006.

Sell, A. Anger Expressions Dissected: Why does his face look like that?  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Pennsylvania, June 7-11, 2006.

Sell, A.  Form and Formidability: Physical strength as a predictor of attitudes on aggression.  UCLA-UCSB Human Nature and Society Program, UCLA,   California, November, 2003.

Sell, A.  The AWA and Human Anger: A cognitive-evolutionary model of human anger.  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 4-8, 2003.

Sell, A.  Convergent evidence on the function of revenge.  Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Rutgers University, June 19-23, 2002.

Memberships / Affiliations
Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara
American Psychological Society
American Psychological Association
American Society of Criminology
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance

Invited Reviewer for:
Proceedings of the Royal Society
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Evolutionary Psychology
Evolution and Human Behavior
Psychology of Violence
Personality and Individual Differences
European Journal of Personality
Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology
Aggressive Behavior
Human Nature
American Journal of Human Biology
American Political Science Review
Emotion
Political Psychology
Psychological Science
PLoS ONE