Daniel Nettle's Research Papers by Year

In press

  • Nettle, D., Andrews, C., & Bateson, M. (in press). Food insecurity as a driver of obesity in humans: The insurance hypothesis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Preprint PDF including appendices.

    2016

  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Panchanathan, K., & Nettle, D. (2016). Cognition in harsh and unpredictable environments. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 76-80. PDF .
  • Smith, J. E., Gavrilets, S., Mulder, M. B., Hooper, P. L., Mouden, C. El, Nettle, D....Smith, E. A. (2016). Leadership in Mammalian Societies: Emergence, Distribution, Power, and Payoff. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31, 54-66. PDF.

    2015

  • Bateson, M., Robinson, R., Abayomi-Cole, T., Greenlees, J., O'Connor, A., & Nettle, D. (2015). Watching eyes on potential litter can reduce littering: evidence from two field experiments. PeerJ 3: e1443. Open access here.
  • Schroeder, K. B., McElreath, R., & Nettle, D. (2015). Interactions between personality and institutions in cooperative behavior in humans. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370: 20150011. PDF here.
  • Andrews, C., Viviani, J., Egan, E., Bedford, T., Brilot, B., Nettle, D., & Bateson, M. (2015). Early-life adversity increases foraging and information gathering in European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris. Animal Behaviour, 109, 123-32. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., Andrews, C. P., Monaghan, P., Brilot, B. O., Bedford, T., Gillespie, R., & Bateson, M. (2015). Developmental and familial predictors of adult cognitive traits in the European starling. Animal Behaviour 107: 239-248. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., & Bateson, M. (2015). Adaptive developmental plasticity : what is it , how can we recognize it and when can it evolve? Proceedings Of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 282: 20151005. Open access here.
  • Bateson, M., Emmerson, M., Ergun, G., Monaghan, P., & Nettle, D. (2015). Opposite Effects of Early-Life Competition and Developmental Telomere Attrition on Cognitive Biases in Juvenile European Starlings. Plos One 10: e0132602. Open access here.
  • Bateson, M., & Nettle, D. (2015). Development of a cognitive bias methodology for measuring low mood in chimpanzees. PeerJ 3: e998. Open access here.
  • Adams, J., Stamp, E., Nettle, D., Milne, E. M. G., & Jagger, C. (2015). Anticipated Survival and Health Behaviours in Older English Adults: Cross Sectional and Longitudinal Analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. PloS ONE, 10, e0118782. Open access here.
  • O'Hagan, D., Andrews, C. P., Bedford, T., Bateson, M., & Nettle, D. (2015). Early life disadvantage strengthens flight performance trade-offs in European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris. Animal Behaviour 102: 141-148. Open access here.
  • Bateson, M., Brilot, B.O., Gillespie, R., Monaghan, P., & Nettle, D. (2015). Developmental telomere attrition predicts impulsive decision-making in adult starlings. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 282: 20142140. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., Monaghan, P., Gillespie, R., Brilot, B.O., Bedford, T. & Bateson, M. (2015). An experimental demonstration that early-life competitive disadvantage accelerates telomere loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 282: 20141610. Open access here.
  • Paal, T., Carpenter, T., & Nettle, D. (2015). Childhood socioeconomic deprivation, but not current mood, is associated with behavioural disinhibition in adults. PeerJ 3: e964. Open access here.

    2014

  • Fathi, M., M. Bateson and D. Nettle (2014). Effects of watching eyes and norm cues on charitable giving in a surreptitious behavioral experiment. Evolutionary Psychology 12(5):878-87. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D.(2014). What the future held: Childhood psychosocial adversity is associated with health deterioration through adulthood in a cohort of British women. Evolution and Human Behavior 35: 519-525 PDF.
  • Pepper G.V. and D. Nettle (2014). Perceived extrinsic mortality risk and reported effort in looking after health: Testing a behavioural ecological prediction. Human Nature 25:378-92. PDF .
  • Schroeder, K. B., Pepper, G. V. & Nettle, D. (2014). Local norms of cheating and the cultural evolution of crime and punishment: a study of two urban neighborhoods. PeerJ , 2, e450. Open access here .
  • Pepper, G. V. & Nettle, D. (2014). Out of control mortality matters: the effect of perceived uncontrollable mortality risk on a health-related decision. PeerJ , 2, e459. Open access here .
  • Adams, J., Stamp, E., Nettle, D., Milne, E. M. G. & Jagger, C. (2014). Socioeconomic position and the association between anticipated and actual survival in older English adults. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. PDF.
  • Bloxham, L., Bateson, M., Bedford, T., Brilot, B. and Nettle, D. (2014) The memory of hunger: developmental plasticity of dietary selectivity in the European starling, Sturnus vulgaris. Animal Behaviour 91: 33-40. Open access here .
  • Hill, J.M., Jobling, R., Pollet, T.V. and Nettle, D. (2014). Social Capital Across Urban Neighborhoods: A Comparison of Self-Report and Observational Data. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences 8: 59-69. PDF.
  • Hill, J.M., T.V. Pollet and D. Nettle (2014). Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: Police presence does not. PeerJ 2:e287 Open access here .
  • El Mouden, C., Andre, J.-B., Morin, O. and Nettle, D. (2014), Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour: a general approach based on the Price equation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology . 27: 231-41. PDF . Supporting Information.
  • Clutterbuck S., Adams J. and Nettle, D. (2014). Childhood Adversity Accelerates Intended Reproductive Timing in Adolescent Girls without Increasing Interest in Infants. PLoS ONE 9: e85013. Open access here. Data.
  • Rickard, I.J., Frankenhuis, W.E and Nettle, D. (2014). Why Are Childhood Family Factors Associated With Timing of Maturation? A Role for Internal Prediction. Perspectives on Psychological Science 9: 3-15. PDF .
  • Nettle D., Pepper G.V., Jobling R., and Schroeder K.B. (2014) Being there: a brief visit to a neighbourhood induces the social attitudes of that neighbourhood. PeerJ 2:e236 Open access here. Data.

    2013

  • Nettle, D., Monaghan, P., Boner, W., Gillespie, R., and Bateson, M. (2013) Bottom of the Heap: Having Heavier Competitors Accelerates Early-Life Telomere Loss in the European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris. PLoS ONE 8: e83617. Open access here. Data.
  • Bateson, M., L. Callow, J.R. Holmes, M.L. Redmond Roche and D. Nettle (2013). Do Images of ‘Watching Eyes’ Induce Behaviour That Is More Pro-Social or More Normative? A Field Experiment on Littering. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82055. Open access here. Data .
  • Pepper, G. and D. Nettle (2013). Death and the time of your life: experiences of close bereavement are associated with steeper financial future discounting and earlier reproduction. Evolution and Human Behavior 24: 433-9. PDF. Data.
  • Nettle, D., T.E. Dickins, D.A. Coall, and P. de Mornay Davies. (2013). Patterns of physical and psychological development in future teenage mothers. Evolution, Medicine and Public Health 2013: 187-96. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., K.A. Cronin and M. Bateson (2013). Responses of chimpanzees to cues of conspecific observation. Animal Behaviour 86: 595-602. Open access here . Data.
  • Nettle, D., W. Frankenhuis and I. Rickard (2013). The evolution of predictive adaptive responses in human life history. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 280: 20131343. PDF. Supporting Information.
  • Schroeder, K.B., R. McElreath and D. Nettle (2013). Variants at serotonin transporter and 2A receptor genes predict cooperative behavior differentially according to presence of punishment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA . 110: 3955-3960. PDF.
  • Kareklas, K., D. Nettle and T.V. Smulders (2013). Water-induced finger wrinkles improve handling of wet objects. Biology Letters 9: 20120999. PDF.
  • Stulp G., A.P. Buunk, T.V. Pollet, D. Nettle and S. Verhulst 2013) Are Human Mating Preferences with Respect to Height Reflected in Actual Pairings? PLoS ONE 8(1): e54186. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., M.A. Gibson, D.W. Lawson and R. Sear (2013). Human behavioral ecology: Current research and future prospects. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1031-40 Open access here . Supporting information.
  • Nettle, D., Z. Harper, A. Kidson, R. Stone, I.S. Penton-Voak, and M. Bateson (2013). The watching eyes effect in the Dictator Game: It's not how much you give, it's being seen to give something. Evolution and Human Behavior 34 : 35-40. PDF. Data .

    2012

  • Nettle D., Nott K. and M. Bateson (2012). ‘Cycle Thieves, We Are Watching You’: Impact of a Simple Signage Intervention against Bicycle Theft. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51738. Open access here.
  • Nettle, D., R. Coyne and A. Colleony (2012). No country for old men: Street use and social diet in urban Newcastle. Human Nature 23: 375-85. PDF.
  • Powell, K.L., G. Roberts and D. Nettle (2012). Eye images increase charitable donations: Evidence from an opportunistic field experiment in a supermarket. Ethology 118: 1096-1101.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and M. Bateson (2012). Evolutionary origins of mood and its disorders. Current Biology 22: R712-21. PDF.
  • Brilot, B., M. Bateson, D. Nettle, M. J. Whittingham and J.C.A. Read (2012). When is general wariness favored in avoiding multiple predator types? American Naturalist 179. PDF. Supporting online material.
  • Nettle, D. (2012). Behaviour of parents and children in two contrasting urban neighbourhoods: An observational study. Journal of Ethology 30: 109-116. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2012). Social scale and structural complexity in human languages. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B 367: 1829-36. PDF.

    2011

  • Bateson, M., B. Brilot and Nettle, D. (2011). Anxiety: An evolutionary approach. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 56: 707-15. PDF.
  • Nettle D., Colleony A., and Cockerill M. (2011). Variation in cooperative behaviour within a single city. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26922. Open access.
  • Nettle, D., Panchanathan, K., Rai, T.S. and Fiske, A.P. (2011). The evolution of giving, sharing and lotteries. Current Anthropology 52: 747-56. PDF. Supporting online material.
  • Nettle, D. (2011). Large differences in publicly visible health behaviours across two neighbourhoods of the same city. PLoS ONE 6: e21051.Open access.
  • Stulp, G., Verhulst, S., Pollet, T.V., Nettle, D., Buunk, A.P. (2011). Parental height differences predict the need for an emergency caesarean section. PLoS ONE 6: e20497.Open access.
  • Ernest-Jones, M., D. Nettle & M. Bateson (2011). Effects of eye images on everyday cooperative behavior: a field experiment. Evolution and Human Behavior 32: 172-8. PDF.
  • Nettle, D., D.A. Coall & T.E. Dickins (2011). Early-life conditions and age at first pregnancy in British women. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 278: 1721-7. PDF. Supporting Information .
  • Nettle, D. (2011). Flexibility in reproductive timing in humans: Integrating ultimate and proximate explanations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 366: 357-65. PDF.
  • 2010

  • Nettle, D. (2010). Why are there social gradients in preventative health behavior? A perspective from behavioral ecology PLoS ONE 5(10): e13371.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and M. Cockerill (2010). Development of Social Variation in Reproductive Schedules: A Study from an English Urban Area. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12690.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and L. Penke. (2010). Personality: Bridging the literatures from human psychology and behavioural ecology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B 365: 4043-50. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2010). Understanding of evolution may be improved by thinking about people. Evolutionary Psychology 8: 205-28. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2010). Dying young and living fast: Variation in life history across English neighbourhoods. Behavioral Ecology 21: 387-95. PDF.
  • Nettle, D., D.A. Coall & T.E. Dickins (2010). Birthweight and paternal involvement predict early reproduction in British women: Evidence from the National Child Development Study American Journal of Human Biology 22: 172-9. PDF. Supporting Information
  • Watts, G. & D. Nettle (2010). The role of anxiety in vaginismus: A case-control study. Journal of Sexual Medicine 7: 143-8. PDF.
  • 2009

  • Nettle, D. (2009). Ecological influences on human behavioural diversity: A review of recent findings. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24: 618-24. PDF .
  • Nettle, D. (2009). Social class through the evolutionary lens. The Psychologist 22: 934-7. PDF.
  • Pollet, T.V., T.W.Fawcett, A.P. Buunk & D. Nettle (2009). Sex-ratio biasing towards daughters among lower-ranking cowives in Rwanda. Biology Letters 5: 765-8. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2009). Beyond nature versus culture: Cultural variation as an evolved characteristic. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute15: 223-40. PDF With commentaries by W.G. Runciman, R.I.M. Dunbar and Robert Layton, and my response.
  • Pollet, T.V., M. Nelissen and Nettle, D. (2009). Lineage differences in grandparental investment: Evidence from a large British cohort. Journal of Biosocial Science 41: 355-79. PDF
  • Pollet, T.V. and Nettle, D. (2009). Market forces affect patterns of polygyny in Uganda Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106: 2114-7 PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2009). An evolutionary model of low mood states. Journal of Theoretical Biology257: 100-3. PDF.
  • Adams, J. and D. Nettle (2009). Time perspective, personality and smoking, body mass, and physical activity: An empirical study British Journal of Health Psychology 14: 83-105. PDF.
  • 2008

  • Nettle, D. and T.V. Pollet (2008). Natural selection on male wealth in humans American Naturalist 172: 658-66. PDF. Appendix: Supplementary data tables
  • Nettle, D. (2008). Why do some dads get more involved than others? Evidence from a large British cohort. Evolution and Human Behavior 29: 416-23. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2008). Darwinian explanations and socio-cultural processes: A synthesis. Paper presented to the seminar ‘Are there limits to the Darwinian worldview?’ at the University Centre St. Ignatius, Antwerp. Electronic version.
  • Nettle, D. and B. Liddle (2008). Agreeableness is related to social-cognitive, but not social-perceptual, theory of mind. European Journal of Personality 22: 323-35.PDF.
  • Pollet, T.V. and Nettle, D. (2008). Taller women do better in a stressed environment: Height and reproductive success in rural Guatemalan women. American Journal of Human Biology 20: 264-9. PDF.
  • Pollet, T.V. and D. Nettle (2008). Driving a hard bargain: Sex ratio and male marriage success in a historical U.S. population.Biology Letters 4:31-3 PDF.
  • 2007

  • Nettle D., Grace J.B., Choisy M., Cornell H.V., Guegan J-F and Hochberg, M. (2007). Cultural Diversity, economic development and societal instability. PLoS ONE 2: e929. PDF
  • Pollet, T.V, Nettle, D. and Nelissen, M. (2007). Maternal grandmothers do go the extra mile: factoring distance and lineage into differential contact with grandchildren. Evolutionary Psychology 5: 832-43. PDF.
  • Pollet, T.V. and Nettle, D. (2007) Birth order and face-to-face contact with a sibling: Firstborns have more contact than laterborns. Personality and Individual Differences 43: 1796-1806. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2007). A module for metaphor? The site of imagination in the architecture of the mind. Proceedings of the British Academy 147: 259-74. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2007). Language and genes: A new perspective on the origins of human cultural diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 104: 10755-6. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2007). Individual differences. In R.I.M. Dunbar and L. Barrett (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, pp. 479-90. Oxford: Oxford University Press.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2007). Empathizing and systemizing: What are they, and what do they contribute to our understanding of psychological sex differences? British Journal of Psychology 98: 237-55 PDF.
  • Farrelly, D. and D. Nettle (2007). Marriage affects competitive performance in male tennis players. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 5: 141-8. PDF.
  • 2006

  • Pollet, T.V., D. Nettle and M. Nelissen (2006). Contact frequencies between grandparents and grandchildren in a modern society: Estimates of the impact of paternity certainty. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology 4: 203-13. PDF.
  • Liddle, B and D. Nettle (2006). Higher-order theory of mind and social competence in school-age children. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology4: 231-46. PDF
  • Nettle, D. (2006). Schizotypy and mental health amongst poets, visual artists and mathematicans. Journal of Research in Personality 40: 876-90 PDF
  • Nettle, D. (2006). The evolution of personality variation in humans and other animals. American Psychologist 61: 622-31. PDF
  • Bateson, M., D. Nettle and G. Roberts, (2006). Cues of being watched enhance cooperation in a real-world setting.Biology Letters3:412-4 PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2006). Language: Costs and benefits of a specialised system for social information transmission. In J. Wells (ed.). Social Information Transmission and Human Biology. London: Taylor & Francis. PDF
  • Nettle, D. (2006). Psychological profiles of professional actors. Personality and Individual Differences 40: 375-83. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and Clegg, H. (2006). Schizotypy, creativity and mating success in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 273: 611-5. PDF
  • Haselton, M.G. and Nettle, D. (2006). The Paranoid Optimist: An integrative evolutionary model of cognitive biases. Personality and Social Psychology Review 10: 47-66 PDF
  • 2005

  • Nettle, D. (2005). An evolutionary perspective on the extraversion continuum. Evolution and Human Behavior 26: 363-73 PDF.
  • Joinson, C. and D. Nettle (2005). Season of birth variation in sensation seeking in an adult population. Personality and Individual Differences 38: 859-70. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2005). The mating game and the wheel of fire: Explaining the origins of tragedy and comedy. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology 3: 39-56. PDF.
  • Roberts, K.H., Munafo, M.R., Rodriguez, D., Drury, M., Murphy, M.F.G, Neale, R. and Nettle D. (2005). Longitudinal analysis of the effect of prenatal nicotine exposure on subsequent smoking behaviour of offspring. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 7: 1-8. PDF.
  • 2004

  • Nettle, D. (2004). Evolutionary origins of depression: A review and reformulation. Journal of Affective Disorders 81:91-102. PDF.
  • 2003

  • Nettle, D. (2003). Intelligence and class mobility in the British population. British Journal of Psychology 94: 551-61.PDF.
  • Stiller, J., D. Nettle, and R.I.M. Dunbar (2003). The small world of Shakespeare’s plays. Human Nature 14: 397-408. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (2003). Hand laterality and cognitive ability: Specifying the relationship. Brain and Cognition 52: 390-8.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and L. Harriss (2003). Genetic and linguistic affiliations amongst human populations in Africa and Eurasia. Human Biology 75: 331-44.PDF.
  • 2002

  • Nettle, D. (2002) Height and reproductive success in a cohort of British men. Human Nature 13: 473-491.
  • Nettle, D. (2002). Women’s height, reproductive success and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in modern humans.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 269: 1919-23. PDF.
  • 2001 and earlier

  • Nettle, D. (2000). Linguistic fragmentation and the wealth of nations: The Fishman-Pool hypothesis re-examined. Economic Development and Cultural Change 48: 335-348.
  • Nettle, D. (1999). Linguistic diversity of the Americas can be reconciled with a recent colonization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 96: 3325-9. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (1999). Using Social Impact Theory to simulate language change. Lingua 108: 95-117.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (1999). Is the rate of linguistic change constant? Lingua 108: 119-36. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (1998). Explaining global patterns of language diversity. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 17:354-74. PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (1997). On the status of methodological individualism: A commentary. Current Anthropology 38: 283-286.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. and R.I.M. Dunbar (1997). Social markers and the evolution of reciprocal exchange. Current Anthropology 38:93-9.PDF.
  • Nettle, D. (1996). Language diversity in West Africa: An ecological approach. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 15:403-438.PDF.
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