Daniel M.T. Fessler


Daniel M.T. Fessler

Department of Anthropology

Research Interest

I am interested in emotions, including their phylogeny and ontogeny, their use as mechanisms of social control, their role in cooperative behavior, and the relationship between emotion, culture, and social structure. More specifically, I explore shame, pride, and disgust as they relate to conformity, prestige seeking, risk taking, and sexual behavior (particularly inbreeding/incest). Other interests include culturally shaped time preferences, socially distributed willpower, the timing of sexual maturation, third party influence in mate selection, and grandparenting. Oh, and I like dogs.

Research Topics

Evolutionary psychology; evolutionary medicine; emotions; cooperation; aggression; social control; risk-taking; ingestive and reproductive behaviors; morality; cultural evolution; Indonesia

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