Curry, Oliver

Dr Oliver Curry  


Position held

Experience keywords:

David Hume; altruism; co-operation; evolution; evolutionary psychology; human nature; morality; natural selection; political theory; religion and ethics; selfish genes

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Dr Curry is interested in the evolved psychology of cooperation and conflict. He is currently engaged in a number of empirical projects testing evolutionary theories of human social behaviour, including work on trust, fairness and coalition formation.


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: N/A]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points



Pietraszewski, David and Curry, Oliver and Petersen, Michael Bang and Cosmides, Leda and Tooby, John (2015) Constituents of political cognition: race, party politics, and the alliance detection system. Cognition, 140. 24-39. ISSN 0010-0277


Curry, Oliver S. and Dunbar, Robin I. M. (2013) Sharing a joke: the effects of a similar sense of humor on affiliation and altruism Evolution and Human Behavior, 34 (2). 125-129. ISSN 1090-5138

Curry, Oliver and Roberts, Sam G. B. and Dunbar, Robin I. M. (2013) Altruism in social networks: evidence for a 'kinship premium' British Journal of Psychology, 104 (2). 283-295. ISSN 0007-1269


Curry, Oliver and Chesters, Matthew Jones (2012) 'Putting ourselves in the other fellow's shoes': the role of 'theory of mind' in solving coordination problems Journal of Cognition and Culture, 12 (1). 147-159. ISSN 1567-7095


Curry, Oliver and Chesters, Matthew Jones and Viding, Essi (2011) The psychopath's dilemma: the effects of psychopathic personality traits in one-shot games Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (6). 804-809. ISSN 0191-8869

Curry, Oliver and Dunbar, R. I. M. (2011) Altruism in networks: the effect of connections Biology Letters, 7 (5). 651-653. ISSN 1744-9561


Curry, Oliver (2008) Selfish-gene theory In: Benton, Michael J., (ed.) The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World. Thames & Hudson, London, UK. ISBN 9780500251430

Cronin, Helena and Curry, Oliver (2008) Darwinism's fantastic voyage The Lancet, 372 (Supple). S5-S10. ISSN 0140-6736

Curry, Oliver S. and Price, Michael E. and Price, Jade G. (2008) Patience is a virtue: cooperative people have lower discount rates Personality and Individual Differences, 44 (3). 780-785. ISSN 0191-8869


Curry, Oliver (2007) The conflict-resolution theory of virtue In: Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter, (ed.) The Evolution of Morality: Adaptations and Innateness. Moral psychology, vol. 1. The MIT Press, USA, 251-261. ISBN 9780262195614


Curry, Oliver (2006) Who's afraid of the naturalistic fallacy? Evolutionary Psychology, 4. 234-247. ISSN 1474-7049

Curry, Oliver (2006) One good deed Nature, 444 (7120). 683. ISSN 0028-0836


Curry, Oliver (2005) A change of mind? Nature, 435 (7041). 425-426. ISSN 0028-0836


Curry, Oliver (2003) Evolutionary psychology: "fashionable ideology" or "new foundation"? Human Nature Review, 3. 81-92. ISSN 1476-1084

Curry, Oliver (2003) Book review: bounded rationality: the adaptive toolbox, edited by Gerd Gigerenzer and Reinhard Selten Human Nature Review, 3. 163-165. ISSN 1476-1084

Curry, Oliver (2003) Get real: evolution as metaphor and mechanism British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 5 (1). 112-117. ISSN 1369-1481

Curry, Oliver (2003) Book review: altruistically inclined?: the behavioral sciences, evolutionary theory, and the origins of reciprocity: economics, cognition, and society, by Alexander J Field Quarterly Review of Biology, 78 (1). 126-127. ISSN 0033-5770


Curry, Oliver (2001) Book review: the Darwinian heritage and sociobiology Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 37 (4). 395-396. ISSN 0022-5061


Cronin, Helena and Curry, Oliver (2000) The evolved family In: Wilkinson, H., (ed.) Family Business. Demos collection, 15 (15). Demos, London, UK, 151-157. ISBN 1841800058


Curry, Oliver (1996) What is evolution? Demos Quarterly, 10. 5-9. ISSN 1361-1275

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