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Daniel Sznycer

 

 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Human Generosity Project

Center for Evolutionary Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

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dsznycer2@gmail.com

 

Postdoctoral training

Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, 2016 - present

 

Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011 - 2016

PhD

Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010

Area: Evolutionary Psychology

MA

Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

BA

Anthropology, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

 

Research focus

 

I am an evolutionary psychologist conducting research on the psychology of sociality. I combine methods, theories, and concepts drawn from the cognitive sciences and evolutionary biology to explore and map the evolved design of social emotions and their underlying motivational systems. I have multiple lines of cross-cultural evidence on shame, pride, compassion, and envy, and their roles in altruism, cooperation, social exclusion, and conflict. I am also working to map the system that regulates how much weight one individual places on the welfare of another. I conduct research on how these emotions and motivations regulate political and moral attitudes, and how they shape communication. The methods I use include experimental economic games, decision-making tasks, priming methods, cross-cultural and ethnographic data collection, large-scale representative surveys, and anthropometry.

 

Publications

 

Sznycer, D., De Smet, D., Billingsley, J., & Lieberman, D. (2016). Coresidence duration and cues of maternal investment regulate sibling altruism across cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.Supplemental Information

Sznycer, D., Tooby, J., Cosmides, L., Porat, R., Shalvi, S., & Halperin, E. (2016). Shame closely tracks the threat of devaluation by others, even across cultures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(10), 2625-2630.Supplemental Information

Sznycer, D., Schniter, E., Tooby, J., & Cosmides, L. (2015). Regulatory adaptations for delivering information: the case of confessionEvolution and Human Behavior, 36(1), 44-51. │ Supplemental Information

Petersen, M. B*, Sznycer, D.*, Sell, A., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2013). The ancestral logic of politics: Upper body strength regulates men's assertion of self-interest over economic redistribution. Psychological Science, 24(7), 1098-1103.
* indicates joint first authorship

Schniter, E., Sheremeta, R. M., & Sznycer, D. (2012). Building and rebuilding trust with promises and apologies. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 94, 242-256.

Sznycer, D., Takemura, K., Delton, A. W., Sato, K., Robertson, T., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (2012). Cross-cultural differences and similarities in proneness to shame: An adaptationist and ecological approachEvolutionary Psychology, 10(2), 352-370. │ Supplemental Information

Petersen, M.B., Sznycer, D., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2012). Who Deserves Help? Evolutionary Psychology, Social Emotions, and Public Opinion about Welfare. Political Psychology, 33 (3), 395-418.

Sznycer, D., Tooby, J., & Cosmides, L. (2011). Evolutionary psychology. In P. C. Hogan (Ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sell, A., Bryant, G., Cosmides, L. Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C., Krauss, A., & Gurven, M. (2010) Adaptations in humans for assessing physical strength from the voice, Proceedings of the Royal Society London, (Biological Sciences), 277, 3509-3518.

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 London (Biological Sciences), 276, 575-584.

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 Andrew J. Elliot (Ed.) Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation.  pp. 251-271. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.