Dominic Johnson, University of Edinburgh


Publications | Articles

Macdonald DW & Johnson DDP (2015). Patchwork planet: the resource dispersion hypothesis, society, and the ecology of life (the Thomas Henry Huxley Review). Journal of Zoology 295 (2): 75-107.pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson DDP & MacKay NJ (2015) Fight the power: Lanchester's laws of combat in human evolution. Evolution and Human Behavior 36 (2): 152-163. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson DDP (2015) Survival of the disciplines: is international relations fit for the new millenium? Millennium: Journal of International Studies 43: 749-763. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson DDP, Lenfesty H & Schloss JP (2014) The elephant in the room: religious truth claims, evolution and human nature. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 1 (2): 200-231. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Toft, MD (2014) Grounds for war: the evolution of territorial conflict. International Security 38 (3): 7-38. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Blumstein, DT, Fowler, JH & Haselton, MG (2013) The evolution of errors: Error management, cognitive constraints, and adaptive decision-making biases. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28 (8): 474-481. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Price, ME & Van Vugt, M (2013). Darwin's invisible hand: Market competition, evolution and the firm. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 90: S128-S140. pdf icon Download PDF

Stopka, P & Johnson, DDP (2012) Host-parasite dynamics lead to mixed cooperative games. Folia Zoologica 61 (3/4): 233-238.pdf icon Download PDF

Blumstein, DT, Atran, S, Field, S, Hochberg, ME, Johnson, DDP, Sagarin, R, Sosis, R & Thayer, BA (2012). The peacock’s tale: lessons from evolution for effective signaling in international politics. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History 3 (1): 191-214.pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP (2012) What are atheists for? Hypotheses on the functions of non–belief in the evolution of religion. Religion, Brain & Behavior 2 (1): 48–70. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP McDermott, R, Cowden, J, & Tingley, D (2012) Dead Certain: Confidence and Conservatism Predict Aggression in Simulated International Crisis Decision-Making. Human Nature 23 (1): 98-126. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Fowler, JH (2011) The evolution of overconfidence. Nature 477: 317–320.
See also accompanying News & Views article by Matthijs van Veelen & Martin Nowak" and the Nature Podcast.

Johnson, DDP & Tierney, D (2011) The Rubicon theory of war: How the path to conflict reaches the point of no return. International Security 36 (1): 7-40. pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Weidmann, NB & Cederman, L-E (2011) Fortune favours the bold: An agent-based model reveals adaptive advantages of overconfidence in war. PLoS ONE 6 (6): e20851.

Sagarin, RD, Alcorta, CS, Atran, S, Blumstein, DT, Dietl, GP, Hochberg, ME, Johnson, DDP, Levin, S, Madin, EMP, Madin, JS, Prescott, EM, Sosis, R, Taylor, T, Tooby, J & Vermeij, GJ (2010) Decentralize, adapt and cooperate. Nature (Opinion) 465: 292-293. pdf icon Download PDF

King, AJ, Johnson, DDP & Van Vugt, M (2009) The origins and evolution of leadership. Current Biology 19 (19): 1591-1682 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP (2009) Darwinian selection in asymmetric warfare: the natural advantage of insurgents and terrorists. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 95 (3): 89-112 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, & Levin, SA (2009) The tragedy of cognition: psychological biases and environmental inaction. Current Science 97 (11): 1593-1603 pdf icon Download PDF

McDermott, R, Tingley, D, Cowden, J, Frazzetto, G. & Johnson, DDP (2009) Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) predicts behavioral aggression following provocation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) doi: 10.1073/pnas.0808376106 pdf icon Download PDF

McDermott, R, Johnson, DDP, Cowden, J & Rosen, SP (2007) Testosterone and aggression in a simulated crisis game. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 614 (1):15–33 pdf icon Download PDF

McIntyre, MH, Barrett, ES, McDermott, R, Johnson, DDP, Cowden, J & Rosen, SP (2007) Finger length ratio (2D:4D) and sex differences in aggression during a simulated wargame. Personality and Individual Differences 42: 755–764 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, McDermott, R, Barrett, ES, Cowden, J, Wrangham, R, McIntyre, MH & Rosen, SP (2006) Overconfidence in wargames: experimental evidence on expectations, aggression, gender and testosterone. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 273 (1600): 2513–2520 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Bering, JM (2006) Hand of God, mind of man: punishment and cognition in the evolution of cooperation. Evolutionary Psychology 4: 219–233 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP (2005) God's punishment and public goods: A test of the supernatural punishment hypothesis in 186 world cultures. Human Nature 16 (4): 410–446 pdf icon Download PDF

Bering, JM & Johnson, DDP (2005) Recursiveness in the cognitive evolution of supernatural agency. Journal of Cognition and Culture 5 (1/2): 118–142 pdf icon Download PDF

Burnham, T & Johnson, DDP (2005) The evolutionary and biological logic of human cooperation. Analyse & Kritik (Special issue on Ernst Fehr) 27 (1): 113–135 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Tierney, DR (2004) Essence of Victory: winning and losing international crises. Security Studies 13 (2): 350–381 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Krueger, O (2004) Supernatural punishment and the evolution of cooperation. Political Theology 5 (2): 159–176 pdf icon Download PDF

Thom, M, Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2004) the evolution and maintenance of delayed implantation in the Mustelidae. Evolution 58 (1): 175–183 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Stopka, P. & Macdonald DW (2004) Ideal flea constraints on group living: unwanted public goods and the emergence of cooperation. Behavioural Ecology 15 (1): 181–186 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Stopka, P & Knights, S (2003) The puzzle of human cooperation. Nature (brief communication) 421: 911–912 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, R. Kays, Blackwell, P & Macdonald, DW (2003) Response to Revilla, and Buckley and Ruxton: the resource dispersion hypothesis. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18 (8): 381 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2003) Sentenced without trial: reviling and revamping the resource dispersion hypothesis. Oikos 101 (2): 433–440 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Kays, R, Blackwell, P. & Macdonald, DW (2002) Does the resource dispersion hypothesis explain group living? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17 (12): 563–570 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Stopka, P, Bell, J (2002) Individual variation evades the Prisoner's Dilemma. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2:15 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Wrangham, RW & Rosen, SP (2002) Is military incompetence adaptive? An empirical test with risk–taking behaviour in modern warfare. Evolution and Human Behaviour 23: 245–264 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Jetz, W & Macdonald, DW (2002) Environmental correlates of badger social spacing and densities across Europe. Journal of Biogeography 29 (3): 411–425 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Baker, S., Morecroft, M. & Macdonald, DW (2001) Long–term resource variation and group size: A large–sample field test of the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis. BMC Ecology 2: 1 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Macdonald, DW, Newman, C & Morecroft, MD (2001) Group size versus territory size in group–living badgers: A large–sample field test of the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis. Oikos 95 (2): 265–274 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2001) Why are group–living badgers sexually dimorphic? Journal of Zoology 255: 199–204 pdf icon Download PDF

Stopka, P, Johnson, DDP, Barret, L (2001) Friendship for fitness or friendship for friendship's sake? Animal Behaviour 61: F19–F21 pdf icon Download PDF

Stopka, P & Johnson, DDP (2000) Badgers (Meles meles) as a model species for the development of ecological and behavioural research. Lynx 31: 125–131 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Macdonald, DW & Dickman, AJ (2000) A review of models of the sociobiology of the Mustelidae. Mammal Review 30 (3): 171–196 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Briskie, JV (1999) Sperm competition and sperm length in shorebirds. Condor 101 (4): 848–854 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP & Mighell JS (1999) Dry–season bird diversity in tropical rainforest and surrounding habitats in Northeast Australia. Emu 99 (2): 108–120 pdf icon Download PDF

Johnson, DDP, Hay, SI & Rogers, DJ (1998) Contemporary environmental correlates of endemic bird areas derived from meteorological satellite sensors. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 265: 951–959 pdf icon Download PDF

Krueger, O & Johnson, DDP (1996) Bird Communities in Kyambura Game Reserve, south–west Uganda. Ibis 138 (3): 564–567 pdf icon Download PDF

Research Theses

Johnson, DDP (2004) Who Dares Wins: Confidence and Success in International Conflict. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Johnson, DDP (2002) Daring to Win: Origins and Effects of Positive Illusions in International Conflict. DEA (Masters) Thesis, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Johnson, DDP (2001) Models of Coexistence, Conflict and Cooperation. D.Phil. Thesis, University of Oxford, UK.

Johnson, DDP (1997) Environmental Correlates of Endemic Bird Areas in East Africa Derived From Satellite Sensor Data. M.Sc. Thesis (Part I), University of Oxford, UK.

Johnson, DDP (1997) Sperm Competition and Sperm Length In Waders. M.Sc. Thesis (Part II), University of Oxford, UK.