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  1. Burton-Chellew, MN (2022). The restart effect in social dilemmas shows humans are self-interested not altruistic. PNAS, 119(49):e2210082119
  2. Burton-Chellew MN, West SA (2022). The Black Box as a Control for Payoff-Based Learning in Economic Games. Games, 13(6):76.
  3. Burton-Chellew, M., & Guérin, C. (2022). Self-interested learning is more important than fair-minded conditional cooperation in public-goods games. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 4, E46. doi:10.1017/ehs.2022.45
  4. Burton-Chellew, Maxwell N., Victoire D’Amico, and Claire Guérin. (2022). The Strategy Method Risks Conflating Confusion with a Social Preference for Conditional Cooperation in Public Goods Games. Games 13, no. 6: 69.
  5. Burton-Chellew, MN, & D’Amico, V. (2022). Social learning disfavours the cultural evolution of altruistic punishment. PRE-PRINT:
  6. Burton-Chellew, MN, & D’Amico, V. (2021). A preference to learn from successful rather than common behaviours in human social dilemmas. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 288: 20211590.
  7. Burton-Chellew, MN., & Guérin, C. (2021). Decoupling cooperation and punishment in humans shows that punishment is not an altruistic trait. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 288: 20211611.
  8. Burton-Chellew, MN & West, S.A. (2021) Payoff-based learning best explains the rate of decline in cooperation across 237 public-goods games. Nature Human Behaviour
  9. McAuliffe, WH, Burton-Chellew MN, & McCullough, ME (2019) Cooperation and Learning in Unfamiliar Situations. Current Directions in Psychological Science 28: 436-440.
  10. Burton-Chellew, M. (2017). Cooperation Varies with Genetic Relatedness. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. T. K. Shackelford and V. A. Weekes-Shackelford. Cham, Springer International Publishing: 1-4.
  11. Burton-Chellew MN, El Mouden C, & West SA (2017) Evidence for strategic cooperation in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 284: 20170689
  12. Burton-Chellew MN, El Mouden C, & West SA (2017) Social-learning and the demise of cooperation in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 28: 20170067
  13. Nax, HH, Burton-Chellew MN, West SA, & Peyton Young H (2016). Learning in a black box. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organisation. 127: 1-15
  14. Burton-Chellew MN, El Mouden C, & West SA (2016) Conditional cooperation and confusion in public-goods experiments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 113: 1291-1296.
  15. Burton-Chellew, M. N., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2015) Romance and reproduction are socially costly. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 9: 229-241.
  16. Burton-Chellew, M. N., Nax, H. N. & West, S. A. (2015) Payoff-based learning explains the decline in cooperation in public goods games. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology 282: 20142678.
  17. Kurzban, R., Burton-Chellew, M. N., & West, S. A. (2015) The evolution of altruism in humans. Annual Review of Psychology, 66: 575-599.
  18. Burton-Chellew, M. N. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2014) Hamilton’s rule predicts anticipated social support in humans. Behavioral Ecology. 26: 130-137
  19. Pollit, E.J.G., West, S.A., Crusz, S.A., Burton-Chellew,M.N., & Diggle, S.P. (2014) Cooperation, quorum sensing and the evolution of virulence in Staphylococcus aureus. Infection and Immunity, 82: 1045-1051.
  20. West, S.A. & Burton-Chellew, M.N. (2013) Human Behavioural Ecology. Behavioral Ecology, 24: 1043-1045
  21. Burton-Chellew, M. N., May, R. M. & West, S. A. (2013) Combined inequality in wealth and risk leads to disaster in the climate change game. Climatic Change, 120: 815-830.
  22. Burton-Chellew, M.N. & West, S.A. (2013) Pro-social preferences do not explain human cooperation in public-goods games. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 110: 216-221
  23. Burton-Chellew, M. (2013) Meeting at Grand Central: a coordinated tour through the various routes to cooperation. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 11:185-188 – invited book review of Cronk, Lee & Leech, Beth L. (2012) Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
  24. Burton-Chellew, M.N. & West, S.A. (2012) Pseudocompetition among groups increases cooperation in a public goods game. Animal Behaviour 84, 947-952
  25. Rumbaugh, K.P., Trivedi, U., Watters, C., Burton-Chellew, M.N., Diggle, S.P. & West, S.A. (2012) Kin selection, quorum sensing and virulence in pathogenic bacteria. Proceedings of the Royal Society London Series B 279, 3584-3588.
  26. Burton-Chellew, M.N. & West, S.A. (2012) Correlates of cooperation in a one-shot high-stakes televised prisoner’s dilemma. PLoS One 7 (4): e33344.
  27. Burton-Chellew, M. N. & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2011) Are affines treated as biological kin? A test of Hughes’s hypothesis. Current Anthropology, 52: 741-746.
  28. Abbot, P., et al. (2011) Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471(7339), E1-E4. A brief commentary arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson, The evolution of eusociality. Nature 466, 1057–1062.
  29. Kuemmerli*, R., Burton-Chellew*, M. N., Ross-Gillespie, A. & West, S. A. (2010). Resistance to extreme strategies, rather than prosocial preferences, can explain human cooperation in public goods games. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107: 10125-10130. *Joint first authors
  30. Burton-Chellew, M. N., Ross-Gillespie, A., West, S. A. (2010). Cooperation in humans: competition between groups and proximate emotions. Evolution and Human Behaviour, 31: 104-108.
  31. Burton-Chellew, M. N. (2009). Evolutionary cooperation: cleaner fish male aggression may promote female cooperation. Current Biology, 19: R32-R34 – Invited commentary.
  32. Burton-Chellew, M. N., Koevoets, T., Sykes, E. M., Grillenberger, B., Underwood, S., Pietsch, C., Gadau, J., Beukeboom, L. W., West, S. & Shuker, D. (2008). Facultative sex ratio adjustment in natural populations of wasps: cues of local mate competition and the precision of adaptation. The American Naturalist, 172: 393-404.
  33. Grillenberger, B. K., Koevoets, T., Burton-Chellew, M. N., Sykes, E. M., Shuker, D. M., Van de Zande, L., Bijlsma, R., Gadau, J. & Beukeboom, L. W. (2008). Genetic structure of natural Nasonia vitripennis populations: validating assumptions of sex ratio theory. Molecular Ecology, 17: 2854-64.
  34. Burton-Chellew, M. N., Sykes, E. M., Patterson, S., Shuker, D. M. & West, S. A. (2007). The cost of mating and the relationship between body size and fitness in males of the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 9: 921-934.
  35. Shuker, D. M., Phillimore, A. J., Burton-Chellew, M. N., Hodge, S. E. & West, S. A. (2007). The quantitative genetic basis of polyandry in the parasitoid wasp, Nasonia vitripennis. Heredity, 98: 69-73.
  36. Burton-Chellew, M. N., Beukeboom, L. W., West, S. A. & Shuker, D. M. (2007). Laboratory evolution of polyandry in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Animal Behaviour, 74: 1147-1154.
  37. West, S.A., Gardner, A., Shuker, D.M., Reynolds, T., Burton-Chellow*, M., Sykes, E.M., Guinee, M.A. & Griffin, A.S. (2006) Cooperation and the scale of competition in humans. Current Biology, 16: 1103-1106. *note spelling mistake in surname

Book Chapters

  1. Burton-Chellew, M.N., Kacelnik, A., Arbilly, M., dos Santos, M., Mathot, K.M., McNamara, J.M., Mengel, F., van der Weele, J. and Vollan, B. (2017). The ecological and economic conditions of exploitation strategies. In: Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, ed. L-A. Giraldeau, P. Heeb and M. Kostfeld. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 21, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  2. El Mouden, C., Burton-Chellew M., Gardner A. and West S. (2012). What do humans maximise? In: Evolution and rationality: decisions, cooperation and strategic behaviour, Samir Okasha and Ken Binmore (eds) CUP.
  3. Burton, M. & Southworth, C. (2009). Human Intervention and artificial selection. In: Think Darwin, Think Evolution, Think Now. SIBE (Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education).
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