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Corey Fincher (Assistant Professor)

Dr Corey Fincher



I use an evolutionary-principled approach for studying behaviour. Most of my recent research has focused on understanding the evolution and ecology of the behavioural immune system and the effects of having to cope with infectious diseases. This research includes studies of individual and cross-cultural psychology on topics such as inter-personal attraction, processes of democratization, and the ecology of war. The focus on infectious disease problems has led to new explanations for cross-regional variation in many features of human social life such as cultural values, warring behaviour, and cognitive ability.

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 Representative Publications:

  • Brown, G. D. A., Fincher, C. L., Walasek, L. (in press). Personality, parasites, attitudes and cooperation: a model of how infection prevalence influences ideology and social group formation. Topics in Cognitive Science.
  • Thornhill, R., & Fincher, C. L. (2015). The parasite-stress theory of sociality and the behavioral immune system. In Evolutionary Perspectives in Social Psychology, L. Welling, V. Zeigler-Hill and T.K. Shackelford, Eds. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Wincenciak, J., Fincher, C. L., Fisher, C. I., Hahn, A. C., Jones, B. C., & DeBruine, L. M. (2015). Mate choice, mate preference, and biological markets: the relationship between partner choice and health preference is modulated by women’s own attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior.
  • Thornhill, R. and Fincher, C. L.. (2014). The Parasite-stress Theory of Values and Sociality: Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Jones, B. C., Feinberg, D. R., Watkins, C. D., Fincher, C. L., Little, A. C. & DeBruine, L. M. (2013). Pathogen disgust predicts women’s preferences for masculinity in men’s voices, faces, and bodies. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 373-379.
  • Fincher, C. L., & Thornhill, R. (2012). Parasite-stress promotes in-group assortative sociality: the cases of strong family ties and heightened religiosity (target article). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 61–79.
  • Letendre, K., Fincher, C. L., & Thornhill, R. (2010). Does infectious disease cause global variation in the frequency of intrastate armed conflict and civil war? Biological Reviews, 85, 669–683.

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Supervisor to:
Naomi Muggleton