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John Tooby

John Tooby is an American anthropologist, who, together with psycholgist wife Leda Cosmides, helped to pioneer the field of evolutionary psychology.

Tooby received his Ph.D from Harvard University and is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 1992, together with Leda Cosmides and Jerome Barkow, Tooby edited the immensely influential book The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. Tooby and Cosmides also co-founded and co-direct the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology.

Tooby is currently working on a book on the evolution of sexual reproduction and genetic systems.

Selected publications[]


Barkow, J., Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J., (eds) (1992) The adapted mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture (New York: Oxford University Press)

Tooby, J. & Cosmides, L. (2000) Evolutionary psychology: Foundational papers (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)

Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (1992) Universal Minds: Explaining the new science of evolutionary psychology (Darwinism Today Series) (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson)


  • Tooby J. and DeVore, I. (1987). The reconstruction of hominid behavioral evolution through strategic modeling. In Primate Models of Hominid Behavior, W. Kinzey (Ed.) New York: SUNY Press. Full text

Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (1987) "From evolution to behavior: Evolutionary psychology as the missing link" in J. Dupre (Ed.), The latest on the best: Essays on evolution and optimality. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Tooby, J. & Cosmides, L. (1990) "The past explains the present: Emotional adaptations and the structure of ancestral environments," Ethology and Sociobiology, 11, 375-424.

Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (1992) "Cognitive adaptations for social exchange," in J. Barkow, L. Cosmides, & J. Tooby (eds.), The adapted mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture (New York: Oxford University Press)

Cosmides, L. & Tooby, J. (2003) "Evolutionary psychology: Theoretical Foundations," in Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (London: Macmillan)

Tooby, J. & Cosmides, L. (2005) "Evolutionary psychology: Conceptual foundations," in D. M. Buss (ed.), Evolutionary Psychology Handbook (New York: Wiley)

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