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Coren L. Apicella
University of Pennsylvania
61Publications
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#1Kristopher M Smith (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 3
#2Coren L. Apicella (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 23
To the extent that moral character is grounded in stable and observable truths, there should exist agreement between people in their judgments of others’ character. In Western populations, this agr...
#1Coren L. Apicella (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 23
#2Joan B. Silk (ASU: Arizona State University)H-Index: 52
Darwin viewed cooperation as a perplexing challenge to his theory of natural selection. Natural selection generally favors the evolution of behaviors that enhance the fitness of individuals. Cooperative behavior, which increases the fitness of a recipient at the expense of the donor, contradicts this logic. William D. Hamilton helped to solve the puzzle when he showed that cooperation can evolve if cooperators direct benefits selectively to other cooperators (i.e. assortment). Kinship, group sel...
#1Martin Lang (Masaryk University)H-Index: 5
#2Benjamin Grant Purzycki (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 11
Last.Carolyn Lesorogol (WashU: Washington University in St. Louis)H-Index: 13
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The emergence of large-scale cooperation during the Holocene remains a central problem in the evolutionary literature. One hypothesis points to culturally evolved beliefs in punishing, interventionist gods that facilitate the extension of cooperative behaviour toward geographically distant co-religionists. Furthermore, another hypothesis points to such mechanisms being constrained to the religious ingroup, possibly at the expense of religious outgroups. To test these hypotheses, we administered ...
#1Kristopher M Smith (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 3
#2Tomás Larroucau (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 1
Last.Coren L. Apicella (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 23
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Summary Widespread cooperation is a defining feature of human societies from hunter-gatherer bands to nation states [1, 2], but explaining its evolution remains a challenge. Although positive assortment of cooperators is recognized as a basic requirement for the evolution of cooperation, the mechanisms governing assortment are debated. Moreover, the social structure of modern hunter-gatherers, characterized by high mobility, residential mixing, and low genetic relatedness [3], undermines assortm...
#1Benjamin Grant Purzycki (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 3
#2Anne C. Pisor (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 6
Last.Aiyana K. Willard (University of Oxford)H-Index: 8
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Abstract Does moral culture contribute to the evolution of cooperation? Here, we examine individuals' and communities' models of what it means to be good and bad and how they correspond to corollary behavior across a variety of socioecological contexts. Our sample includes over 600 people from eight different field sites that include foragers, horticulturalists, herders, and the fully market-reliant. We first examine the universals and particulars of explicit moral models. We then use these mora...
#1Megan N. Williams (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)
#2Coren L. Apicella (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 23
Chemical communication plays an important role in the social interactions and mating behavior of diverse animal taxa; yet its role in humans remains equivocal. Using a randomized, placebo-controlled experiment involving 243 male participants, we test whether exposure to synthetic copulin – a mixture of volatile fatty acids secreted vaginally in primates, increases 1) men’s sexual motivation using an incentivized behavioral task, 2) self-reported willingness to take sexual risks, 3) preference fo...
#1Coren L. Apicella (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 23
#2Paul Rozin (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 81
Last.Cristine H. Legare (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 26
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Abstract The phenomenon of magical contagion – the unobserved passage of properties between entities that come into physical contact – was described by anthropologists over a century ago, yet questions remain about its origin, function, and universality. Contagion sensitivity, along with the emotion of disgust, has been proposed to be part of a biologically-evolved system designed to reduce exposure to pathogens by increasing the avoidance of "contaminated" objects. Yet this phenomenon has not b...
#1Benjamin Grant Purzycki (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 3
#2Cody T. Ross (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 8
Last.Joseph HenrichH-Index: 58
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Previous research with hunter-gatherers has found that women perceive men with voices manipulated to be lower in pitch to be better hunters, and men perceive women with lower pitch to be better gatherers. Here, we test if actual voice pitch is associated with hunting and gathering reputations in men and women, respectively. We find that voice pitch does relate to foraging reputation in men, but not in women, with better hunters having a lower voice pitch. In addition, we find that the previously...
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