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  1. Hannes Rusch, Joost M. Leunissen & Mark van Vugt (forthcoming). Historical and Experimental Evidence of Sexual Selection for War Heroism. Evolution and Human Behavior.
    We report three studies which test a sexual selection hypothesis for male war heroism. Based on evolutionary theories of mate choice we hypothesize that men signal their fitness through displaying heroism in combat. First, we report the results of an archival study on US-American soldiers who fought in World War II. We compare proxies for reproductive success between a control sample of 449 regular veterans and 123 surviving Medal of Honor recipients of WWII. Results suggest that the heroes sired more (...)
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  2. Dominic Dp Johnson & Mark van Vugt (2009). A History of War: The Role of Inter-Group Conflict in Sex Differences in Aggression. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (3-4):280 - 281.
    Human aggression has two important dimensions: within-group aggression and between-group aggression. Archer offers an excellent treatment of the former only. A full explanation of sex differences in aggression will fail without accounting for our history of inter-group aggression, which has deep evolutionary roots and specific psychological adaptations. The causes and consequences of inter-group aggression are dramatically different for males and females.
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  3. Mark van Vugt, Gilbert Roberts & Hardy & Charlie (2009). Competitive Altruism: A Theory of Reputation-Based Cooperation in Groups. In Robin Dunbar & Louise Barrett (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. OUP Oxford
     
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  4. Mark Van Vugt (2001). Self-Interest as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (3):429-430.
    The adoption of experimental methods from economics, in particular script-enactment, performance-related payment, and the absence of deception, will turn experimental social psychology into a trivial science subject. Such procedures force participants to conform to a normative expectation that they must behave rationally and in accordance with their self-interest. The self-fulfilling prophecy inherent in these procedures makes it more difficult to conduct innovative social-psychological research.
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