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Andrew W. Delton 
 

 

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9660

E-mail: delton@psych.ucsb.edu
Phone: (805)-895-5219
Fax: (805)-893-3885

 

Current Position

2010 - Present   
Postdoctoral Researcher
Center for Evolutionary Psychology
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara 
Advisors: Leda Cosmides & John Tooby

 

Education

Ph.D.   Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
Area: Evolutionary psychology, specializing in social cognition and cooperation
Doctoral emphases earned based on advanced training and coursework:
Emphasis in Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences
Emphasis in Cognitive Sciences
Emphasis in Interdisciplinary Human Development

M.A.    Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006

B.S.     Psychology, Arizona State University, 2003
Summa cum laude
Graduate of Barrett Honors College

 

Research Areas

Evolutionary Psychology
Cooperation and Generosity
Social Cognition

 

Cognitive Neuroscience
Judgment and Decision Making
Concepts

 

Publications

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. (pdf)

Griskevicius, V., Ackerman, J. M., Cantú, 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)

*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; DOI:10.1038/srep01747. (pdf)
* indicates joint first authorship

Delton, A. W., Cosmides, L., Robertson, T. E., Guemo, M., & 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, Supplemental)

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)

Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., Ackerman, J. M., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., & White, A. E. (2012). The financial conequences of too many men: Sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102 (1), 69-80. doi: 10.1037/a0024761. (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)

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

*Sznycer, D., *Takemura, K., *Delton, A. W., Sato, K., Robertson, T. E., Tooby, J. (2012) Cross-cultural differences and similarities in proneness to shame: An adaptationist and ecological approach. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 352-370. (pdf)
* indicates joint first authorship among DS, KT, and AWD

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

Petersen, M. B., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., Tooby, J. and Cosmides, L. (2008). Politics in the evolved mind: Political parties and coalitional reasoning. Published conference proceedings of the Midwest Political Science Association 66th Annual National Conference, Chicago, IL.

Kenrick, D. T., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., Becker, D. V., & Neuberg, S. L. (2007). How the mind warps. 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)