Corey Fincher (ESRC Postdoc) Mate preference versus choice
My research over the past few years has focused on questions regarding topics such as where cultural variation and other forms of biological diversity come from, and how the evolved response to infectious disease stress variation contributes to human value systems and national development. Ultimately, though, my interests include the evolved psychology of all organisms.
I earned my PhD in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2008 with Randy Thornhill and Paul Watson as my committee chairs. I also earned my M.S. in Biology from UNM with Thornhill and Watson. Prior to this I conducted graduate studies and research at Oklahoma State University with the guidance of David Duvall. I earned my B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from Oklahoma State University.
R Thornhill & CL Fincher (in press). Commentary on Hackman, J., & Hruschka, D. Fast life histories, not pathogens, account for state-level variation in homicide, child maltreatment, and family ties in the U.S.Evolution and Human Behavior .
R Thornhill & CL Fincher (in press). The comparative method in cross-cultural and cross-species research.Evolutionary Biology .
R Thornhill & CL Fincher (in press). The Parasite-driven-wedge Model of parapatric speciation.Journal of Zoology .
(715 kB)CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2012). Parasite-stress promotes in-group assortative sociality: The cases of strong family ties and heightened religiosity.Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(2): 1-19. doi:10.1017/S0140525X11000021 [abstract»»]
(715 kB)CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2012). The parasite-stress theory may be a general theory of culture and sociality.Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(2): 39-59. doi:10.1017/S0140525X11001774 [abstract»»]
(243 kB) C Eppig, CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2011). Parasite prevalence and the distribution of intelligence among the states of the USA.Intelligence, 39: 155-160.
(374 kB)R Thornhill & CL Fincher (2011). Parasite stress promotes homicide and child maltreatment.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366(1583): 3466-3477. doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0052 [abstract»»]
(386 kB) C Eppig, CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2010). Parasite prevalence and the worldwide distribution of cognitive ability.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277: 3801-3808.
(226 kB) AD Hoben, AP Buunk, CL Fincher, R Thornhill & M Schaller (2010). On the adaptive origins and maladaptive consequences of human inbreeding: parasite prevalence, immune functioning, and consanguineous marriage.Evolutionary Psychology, 8: 658-676.
(568 kB) K Letendre, CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2010). Does infectious disease cause global variation in the frequency of intrastate armed conflict and civil war?Biological Reviews, 85: 669-683.
(125 kB)R Thornhill, CL Fincher, DR Murray & M Schaller (2010). Zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases in relation to human personality and societal values: support for the parasite-stress model.Evolutionary Psychology, 8: 151-169.
(175 kB) AP MÝller, CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2009). Why men have shorter lives than women: Effects of resource availability, infectious disease and senescence.American Journal of Human Biology, 21: 357-364.
(219 kB)R Thornhill, CL Fincher & D Aran (2009). Parasites, democratization and the liberalization of values across contemporary countries.Biological Reviews, 84: 113-131.
(132 kB)CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2008). A parasite-driven wedge: infectious diseases may explain language and other biodiveristy.Oikos, 117: 1289-1297.
(192 kB)CL Fincher & R Thornhill (2008). Assortative sociality, limited dispersal, infectious disease and the genesis of the global pattern of religion diversity.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 275: 2587-2594.
(158 kB)CL Fincher, R Thornhill, DR Murray & M Schaller (2008). Pathogen prevalence predicts human cross-cultural variability in individualism/collectivism.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 275: 1279-1285.
K Letendre, CL Fincher & R Thornhill (in press). Parasite stress may cause non-state wars, revolutions and coups, terrorism, and the absence of peace across the world. in T Shackelford and V Weekes-Shackelford (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War, Oxford University Press: Oxford