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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. 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. 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. 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. Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Toft, MD (2014) Grounds for war: the evolution of territorial conflict. International Security 38 (3): 7-38. 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. 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. Download PDF
Stopka, P & Johnson, DDP (2012) Host-parasite dynamics lead to mixed cooperative games. Folia Zoologica 61 (3/4): 233-238. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Download PDF
King, AJ, Johnson, DDP & Van Vugt, M (2009) The origins and evolution of leadership. Current Biology 19 (19): 1591-1682 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP, & Levin, SA (2009) The tragedy of cognition: psychological biases and environmental inaction. Current Science 97 (11): 1593-1603 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Tierney, DR (2004) Essence of Victory: winning and losing international crises. Security Studies 13 (2): 350–381 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Krueger, O (2004) Supernatural punishment and the evolution of cooperation. Political Theology 5 (2): 159–176 Download PDF
Thom, M, Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2004) the evolution and maintenance of delayed implantation in the Mustelidae. Evolution 58 (1): 175–183 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP, Stopka, P & Knights, S (2003) The puzzle of human cooperation. Nature (brief communication) 421: 911–912 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2003) Sentenced without trial: reviling and revamping the resource dispersion hypothesis. Oikos 101 (2): 433–440 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP, Stopka, P, Bell, J (2002) Individual variation evades the Prisoner's Dilemma. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2:15 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 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 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 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Macdonald, DW (2001) Why are group–living badgers sexually dimorphic? Journal of Zoology 255: 199–204 Download PDF
Stopka, P, Johnson, DDP, Barret, L (2001) Friendship for fitness or friendship for friendship's sake? Animal Behaviour 61: F19–F21 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 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 Download PDF
Johnson, DDP & Briskie, JV (1999) Sperm competition and sperm length in shorebirds. Condor 101 (4): 848–854 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 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 Download PDF
Krueger, O & Johnson, DDP (1996) Bird Communities in Kyambura Game Reserve, south–west Uganda. Ibis 138 (3): 564–567 Download PDF
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.