Publications

Efferson, C., McKay, R., and Fehr, E.  (2020).  The evolution of distorted beliefs versus mistaken choices under asymmetric error costsEvolutionary Human  Sciences.

Efferson, C., Vogt, S., and Fehr, E.  (2020).  The promise and the peril of using social influence to reverse harmful traditions. Nature Human Behaviour. 4: 55-68.

Efferson, C. and Vogt, S.  (2018).  Behavioural homogenisation with spillovers in a normative domain.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  285: 20180492.

Efferson, C. and Fehr. E.  (2018).  Simple moral code supports cooperation.  Nature.  555: 169-170.

Benjamin, D. J., Berger, J. O., Johannesson, M., Nosek, B. A., Wagenmakers, E.– J., Berk, R., Bollen, K. A., Brembs, B., Brown, L., Camerer, C., Cesarini, D., Chambers, C. D., Clyde, M., Cook, T. D., De Boeck, P., Dienes, Z., Dreber, A., Easwaran, K., Efferson, C., Fehr, E., Fidler, F., Field, A. P., Forster, M., George, E. I., Gonzalez, R., Goodman, S., Green, E., Green, D. P., Greenwald, A., Hadfield, J. D., Hedges, L. V., Held, L., Ho, T.–H., Hoijtink, H., Jones, J. H., Hruschka, D. J., Imai, K., Imbens, G., Ioannidis, J. P. A., Jeon, M., Kirchler, M., Laibson, D., List, J., Little, R., Lupia, A., Machery, E., Maxwell, S. E., McCarthy, M., Moore, D., Morgan, S. L., Munaf, M., Nakagawa, S., Nyhan, B., Parker, T. H., Pericchi, L., Perugini, M., Rouder, J., Rousseau, J., Savalei, V., Schnbrodt, F. D., Sellke, T., Sinclair, B., Tingley, D., Van Zandt, T., Vazire, S., Watts, D. J., Winship, C., Wolpert, R. L., Xie, Y., Young, C., Zinman, J., and Johnson, V. E. (2018). Redefine Statistical Significance. Nature Human Behaviour. 2: 6-10.

Efferson, C. (2018). Economic psychology. International Encyclopedia of Anthropologydoi:10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1633

McKay, R., Ross, R., O’Lone, K., and Efferson, C. (2018). The error of God, revisited. Religion, Brain, & Behavior.  8: 306-310.

Vogt, S., Efferson, C., and Fehr, E. (2017). The risk of female genital cutting in Europe: Comparing immigrant attitudes toward uncut girls with attitudes in a practicing country. Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. 3: 283-293.

Zimmermann, J. and Efferson, C. (2017). One-shot reciprocity under error management is unbiased and fragile. Evolution and Human Behavior. 38: 39-47.

Efferson, C. and Lalive, R., Cacault, M. P., and Kistler, D. (2016). The evolution of facultative conformity based on similarity. PLoS ONE. 11(12): e0168551.

Vogt, S., Zaid, N. A. M., Ahmed, H. E. F., Fehr, E., and Efferson, C. (2016). Changing cultural attitudes on female genital cutting. Nature. 538: 506-509.

Efferson, C., Roca, C., Vogt, S., and Helbing, D. (2016). Sustained cooperation by running away from bad behavior. Evolution and Human Behavior. 37: 1-9.

Efferson, C., Vogt, S., Elhadi, A., Ahmed, H. E. F., and Fehr, E. (2015). Female genital cutting is not a social coordination norm. Science. 349: 1446-1447.

Vogt, S., Efferson, C., Berger, Jöel, and Fehr, E. (2015). Eye spots do not increase altruism in children. Evolution and Human Behavior. 36: 224-231.

Hruschka, D., Efferson, C., Jiang, T., Falletta-Cowden, A., Sigurdsson, S., McNamara, R., Sands, M., Munira, S., Slingerland, E., and Henrich, J. (2014). Impartial institutions, pathogen stress, and the expanding social network. Human Nature. 25: 567-579.

Vogt, S., Efferson, C., and Fehr, E. (2013). Can we see inside? Predicting strategic behavior given limited information. Evolution and Human Behavior. 34: 258-264.

Efferson, C. and Vogt, S. (2013). Viewing men’s faces does not lead to accurate predictions of trustworthiness. Scientific Reports. 3: 1-7. DOI: 10.1038/srep01047.

Efferson, C. (2012). A review of A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis. The Economic Journal. 122: F253-F269.

Paciotti, B., Richerson, P. J., Lubell, M., Waring, T., McElreath, R., Efferson, C., and Edsten, E. (2011). Are religious individuals more generous, trusting, and cooperative? An experimental test of the effect of religion on prosociality. Research in Economic Anthropology. 31: 267-305.

McKay, R., Efferson, C., Whitehouse, H., and Fehr, E. (2011). Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 278: 1858-1863.

McKay, R. and Efferson, C. (2010). The subtleties of error management. Evolution and Human Behavior. 31: 309-319.

Efferson, C., Lalive, R., and Fehr, E. (2008). The coevolution of cultural groups and ingroup favoritism. Science. 321: 1844-1849.

McElreath, R., Bell, A. V., Efferson, C., Lubell, M., Richerson, P. J., and Waring, T. (2008). Beyond existence and aiming outside the laboratory: estimating frequency-dependent and payoff-biased social learning strategies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 363: 3515-3528.

Efferson, C. (2008). Prey-producing predators: the ecology of human intensification. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. 12: 55-74. ndplsEfferson2008_withSupp

Efferson, C., Lalive, R., Richerson, P. J., McElreath, R., and Lubell, M. (2008). Conformists and mavericks: the empirics of frequency-dependent cultural transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior. 29: 56-64.

Burkart, J. M., Fehr, E., Efferson, C., and van Schaik, C. P. (2007). Other-regarding preferences in a nonhuman primate: common marmosets provision food altruistically. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104: 19762-19766.

Efferson, C., Takezawa, M., and McElreath, R. (2007). New methods in quantitative ethnography: economic experiments and variation in the price of equality. Current Anthropology. 48: 912-919.

Efferson, C. and Richerson, P. J. (2007). A prolegomenon to nonlinear empiricism in the human behavioral sciences. Biology and Philosophy. 22: 1-33.

Efferson, C., Richerson, P. J., McElreath, R., Lubell, M., Edsten, E., Waring, T. M., Paciotti, B., and Baum, W. (2007). Learning, productivity, and noise: an experimental study of cultural transmission on the Bolivian Altiplano. Evolution and Human Behavior. 28: 11-17.

McEachern, M. B., Eagle-Smith, C. A., Efferson, C. M., and Van Vuren, D. H. (2006). Evidence for local specialization in a generalist mammalian herbivore, Neotoma fuscipes. Oikos. 113: 440-448.

McElreath, R., Lubell, M., Richerson, P. J., Waring, T. M., Baum, W., Edsten, E., Efferson, C., and Paciotti, B. (2005). Applying evolutionary models to the laboratory study of social learning. Evolution and Human Behavior. 26: 483-508.

Baum, W. M., Richerson, P. J., Efferson, C. M., and Paciotti, B. M. (2004). Cultural evolution in laboratory microsocieties including traditions of rule giving and rule following. Evolution and Human Behavior. 25: 305-326.