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  1. Harm, Affect, and the Moral/Conventional Distinction.Daniel Kelly, Stephen Stich, Kevin J. Haley, Serena J. Eng & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2007 - Mind and Language 22 (2):117–131.
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    May God Guide Our Guns.Jeremy Pollack, Colin Holbrook, Daniel M. T. Fessler, Adam Maxwell Sparks & James G. Zerbe - 2018 - Human Nature 29 (3):311-327.
    The perceived support of supernatural agents has been historically, ethnographically, and theoretically linked with confidence in engaging in violent intergroup conflict. However, scant experimental investigations of such links have been reported to date, and the extant evidence derives largely from indirect laboratory methods of limited ecological validity. Here, we experimentally tested the hypothesis that perceived supernatural aid would heighten inclinations toward coalitional aggression using a realistic simulated coalitional combat paradigm: competitive team paintball. In a between-subjects design, US paintball players recruited (...)
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  3. Shame in Two Cultures: Implications for Evolutionary Approaches.Daniel Fessler - 2004 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 4 (2):207-262.
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  4. Not Just Dead Meat: An Evolutionary Account of Corpse Treatment in Mortuary Rituals.Claire White, Maya Marin & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2017 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 17 (1-2):146-168.
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  5. Varying Versions of Moral Relativism: The Philosophy and Psychology of Normative Relativism.Katinka Quintelier & Daniel Fessler - 2012 - Biology and Philosophy 27 (1):95-113.
    Among naturalist philosophers, both defenders and opponents of moral relativism argue that prescriptive moral theories (or normative theories) should be constrained by empirical findings about human psychology. Empiricists have asked if people are or can be moral relativists, and what effect being a moral relativist can have on an individual’s moral functioning. This research is underutilized in philosophers’ normative theories of relativism; at the same time, the empirical work, while useful, is conceptually disjointed. Our goal is to integrate philosophical and (...)
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    On the Morality of Harm: A Response to Sousa, Holbrook and Piazza.Stephen Stich, Daniel M. T. Fessler & Daniel Kelly - 2009 - Cognition 113 (1):93-97.
  7. Suicide Bombings, Weddings, and Prison Tattoos: An Evolutionary Perspective on Subjective Commitment and Objective Commitment.Daniel M. T. Fessler & Katinka J. P. Quintelier - 2013 - In Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.), Cooperation and its Evolution. MIT Press.
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    The Role of Disgust in Norms, and of Norms in Disgust Research: Why Liberals Shouldn’T Be Morally Disgusted by Moral Disgust.Jason A. Clark & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2015 - Topoi 34 (2):483-498.
    Recently, many critics have argued that disgust is a morally harmful emotion, and that it should play no role in our moral and legal reasoning. Here we defend disgust as a morally beneficial moral capacity. We believe that a variety of liberal norms have been inappropriately imported into both moral psychology and ethical studies of disgust: disgust has been associated with conservative authors, values, value systems, and modes of moral reasoning that are seen as inferior to the values and moral (...)
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  9. Culture and Cognition.Daniel Mt Fessler & Edouard Machery - 2012 - In E. Margolis, R. Samuels & S. Stich (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press.
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    Small-Scale Societies Exhibit Fundamental Variation in the Role of Intentions in Moral Judgment.H. Clark Barrett, Alexander Bolyanatz, Alyssa N. Crittenden, Daniel M. T. Fessler, Simon Fitzpatrick, Michael Gurven, Joseph Henrich, Martin Kanovsky, Geoff Kushnick, Anne Pisor, Brooke A. Scelza, Stephen Stich, Chris von Rueden, Wanying Zhao & Stephen Laurence - 2016 - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (17):4688–4693.
    Intent and mitigating circumstances play a central role in moral and legal assessments in large-scale industrialized societies. Al- though these features of moral assessment are widely assumed to be universal, to date, they have only been studied in a narrow range of societies. We show that there is substantial cross-cultural variation among eight traditional small-scale societies (ranging from hunter-gatherer to pastoralist to horticulturalist) and two Western societies (one urban, one rural) in the extent to which intent and mitigating circumstances influence (...)
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    Meat Is Good to Taboo: Dietary Proscriptions as a Product of the Interaction of Psychological Mechanisms and Social Processes.Daniel Fessler & Carlos David Navarrete - 2003 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 3 (1):1-40.
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    Sizing Up the Threat: The Envisioned Physical Formidability of Terrorists Tracks Their Leaders' Failures and Successes.Colin Holbrook & Daniel Mt Fessler - 2013 - Cognition 127 (1):46-56.
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    The Case of the Drunken Sailor: On the Generalisable Wrongness of Harmful Transgressions.Katinka J. P. Quintelier, Daniel M. T. Fessler & Delphine De Smet - 2012 - Thinking and Reasoning 18 (2):183 - 195.
    There is a widespread conviction that people distinguish two kinds of acts: on the one hand, acts that are generalisably wrong because they go against universal principles of harm, justice, or rights; on the other hand, acts that are variably right or wrong depending on the social context. In this paper we criticise existing methods that measure generalisability. We report new findings indicating that a modification of generalisability measures is in order. We discuss our findings in light of recent criticisms (...)
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    With God on Our Side: Religious Primes Reduce the Envisioned Physical Formidability of a Menacing Adversary.Colin Holbrook, Daniel M. T. Fessler & Jeremy Pollack - 2016 - Cognition 146:387-392.
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    Men’s Physical Strength Moderates Conceptualizations of Prospective Foes in Two Disparate Societies.Daniel M. T. Fessler, Colin Holbrook & Matthew M. Gervais - 2014 - Human Nature 25 (3):393-409.
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    Steps Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of a Culture Dependent Species.Daniel Fessler - 2006 - In Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence & Stephen P. Stich (eds.), The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents. Oxford University Press. pp. 61.
  17. Professor.Daniel M. T. Fessler - forthcoming - In Richard Joyce, Kim Sterelny & Brett Calcott (eds.), Signaling, Commitment, and Emotion. MIT Press.
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    Baumard Et Al.'S Moral Markets Lack Market Dynamics.Daniel Mt Fessler & Colin Holbrook - 2013 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (1):89 - 90.
    Market models are indeed indispensable to understanding the evolution of cooperation and its emotional substrates. Unfortunately, Baumard et al. eschew market thinking in stressing the supposed invariance of moral/cooperative behavior across circumstances. To the contrary, humans display contingent morality/cooperation, and these shifts are best accounted for by market models of partner choice for mutually beneficial collaboration.
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    Harm, Authority and Generalizability: Further Experiments on the Moral/Conventional Distinction.Katinka Quintelier & Daniel M. T. Fessler - unknown
    Certain researchers in the field of moral psychology, following Turiel (1983), argue that children and adults in different cultures make a distinction between moral and conventional transgressions. One interpretation of the theory holds that moral transgressions elicit a signature moral response pattern while conventional transgressions elicit a signature conventional response pattern (e.g., Kelly et al. 2007). Four dimensions distinguish the moral response pattern from the conventional response pattern (e.g., Nichols 2004). 1. HARM/JUSTICE/RIGHTS – Subjects justify the wrongness of moral transgressions (...)
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    Guarding the Perimeter: The Outside-Inside Dichotomy in Disgust and Bodily Experience.Daniel Fessler & Kevin Haley - 2006 - Cognition and Emotion 20 (1):3-19.
  21. A Burning Desire: Steps Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of Fire Learning.Daniel Fessler - 2006 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 6 (3-4):429-451.
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    On the Deep Structure of Social Affect: Attitudes, Emotions, Sentiments, and the Case of “Contempt”.Matthew M. Gervais & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Naturalizing the Normative and the Bridges Between 'Is' and 'Ought".Katinka J. P. Quintelier & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (5):266.
    Elqayam & Evans suggest descriptivism as a way to avoid fallacies and research biases. We argue, first, that descriptive and prescriptive theories might be better off with a closer interaction between and Moreover, while we acknowledge the problematic nature of the discussed fallacies and biases, important aspects of research would be lost through a broad application of descriptivism.
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    Contextual Features of Problem-Solving and Social Learning Give Rise to Spurious Associations, the Raw Materials for the Evolution of Rituals.Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (6):617-618.
    If rituals persist in part because of their memory-taxing attributes, from whence do they arise? I suggest that magical practices form the core of rituals, and that many such practices derive from learned pseudo-causal associations. Spurious associations are likely to be acquired during problem-solving under conditions of ambiguity and danger, and are often a consequence of imitative social learning. (Published Online February 8 2007).
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    Seeing the Elephant: Parsimony, Functionalism, and the Emergent Design of Contempt and Other Sentiments.Matthew M. Gervais & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Starvation, Serotonin, and Symbolism. A Psychobiocultural Perspective on Stigmata.Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2002 - Mind and Society 3 (2):81-96.
    Stigmata, wounds resembling those of Christ, have been reported since the 13th century. The wounds typically appear in association with visions following prolonged fasting. This paper argues that self-starvation holds the key to understanding this unique event. Stigmata may result from self-mutilation occurring during dissociation, phenomena precipitated in part by dietary constriction. Psychophysiological mechanisms produced by natural selection adjust the salience of risk in light of current resource abundance. As a result, artificial dietary constriction results in indifference to harm. A (...)
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    Importing Social Preferences Across Contexts and the Pitfall of Over-Generalization Across Theories.Anne C. Pisor & Daniel Mt Fessler - 2012 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (1):34-35.
    Claims regarding negative strong reciprocity do indeed rest on experiments lacking established external validity, often without even a small Guala's review should prompt strong reciprocity proponents to extend the real-world validity of their work, exploring the preferences participants bring to experiments. That said, Guala's approach fails to differentiate among group selection approaches and glosses over cross-cultural variability.
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    Windfall and Socially Distributed Willpower: The Psychocultural Dynamics of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations in a Bengkulu Village.Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2002 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 30 (1‐2):25-48.
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    Neglected Natural Experiments Germane to the Westermarck Hypothesis.Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2007 - Human Nature 18 (4):355-364.
    Natural experiments wherein preferred marriage partners are co-reared play a central role in testing the Westermarck hypothesis. This paper reviews two such hitherto largely neglected experiments. The case of the Karo Batak is outlined in hopes that other scholars will procure additional information; the case of the Oneida community is examined in detail. Genealogical records reveal that, despite practicing communal child-rearing, marriages did take place within Oneida. However, when records are compared with first-person accounts, it becomes clear that, owing to (...)
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    Naturalizing the Normative and the Bridges Between “is” and “Ought”.Katinka J. P. Quintelier & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2011 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (5):266.
    Elqayam & Evans (E&E) suggest descriptivism as a way to avoid fallacies and research biases. We argue, first, that descriptive and prescriptive theories might be better off with a closer interaction between and Moreover, while we acknowledge the problematic nature of the discussed fallacies and biases, important aspects of research would be lost through a broad application of descriptivism.
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    Cultural Congruence Between Investigators and Participants Masks the Unknown Unknowns: Shame Research as an Example.Daniel Mt Fessler - 2010 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (2-3):92-92.
    In addition to questions of the representativeness of Western, educated samples vis-à-vis the rest of humanity, the prevailing practice of studying individuals who are culturally similar to the investigator entails the problem that key features of the phenomena under investigation may often go unrecognized. This will occur when investigators implicitly rely on folk models that they share with their participants.
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    Revenge Without Redundancy: Functional Outcomes Do Not Require Discrete Adaptations for Vengeance or Forgiveness.Colin Holbrook, Daniel Mt Fessler & Matthew M. Gervais - 2013 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (1):22-23.
    We question whether the postulated revenge and forgiveness systems constitute true adaptations. Revenge and forgiveness are the products of multiple motivational systems and capacities, many of which did not exclusively evolve to support deterrence. Anger is more aptly construed as an adaptation that organizes independent mechanisms to deter transgressors than as the mediator of a distinct revenge adaptation.
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    Narcotics Anonymous: Anonymity, Admiration, and Prestige in an Egalitarian Community.Jeffrey K. Snyder & Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2014 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 42 (4):440-459.
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    Windfall and Socially Distributed Willpower: The Psychocultural Dynamics of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations in a Bengkulu Village.Daniel M. T. Fessler - 2002 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 30 (1-2):25-48.
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