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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Johnson, DDP, Weidmann, NB & Cederman, L-E (2011) Fortune favors 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Krueger, O & Johnson, DDP (1996) Bird Communities in Kyambura Game Reserve, southwest Uganda. Ibis 138 (3): 564–567


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.


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