Kevin MacDonald, publications in evolution and psychology

CSULB, Department of Psychology

Publications in Evolutionary Psychology


MacDonald, K. B. (Ed.) (1988). Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development. New York: Springer-Verlag.

MacDonald, K. B. (1988). Social and Personality Development: An Evolutionary Synthesis. New York: Plenum. 314pp.

MacDonald, K. B. (Ed.). (1993). Parent-child Play: Descriptions and Implications. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.


MacDonald, K., Patch, E. A., & Figueredo, A. J. (2016). Love, Trust, and Evolution: Nurturance/Love and Trust as Two Independent Attachment Systems Underlying Intimate Relationships. Psychology 7, no. 2, 238-253.

MacDonald, K. B. (2013), Human General Intelligence as a Domain General Psychological Adaptation. In J. Kush (Ed.), Intelligence Quotient: Testing, Role of Genetics and the Environment and Social Outcomes, pp. 35–54. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

LaFreniere, P., & MacDonald, K. B. (2013). A Post-Genomic View of Behavioral Development and Adaptation to the Environment. Developmental Review 33(2), 89-102.

MacDonald, K. B . (2013). Domain General Mechanisms: What they are, how they evolved, and how they interact with modular, domain specific mechanisms to enable cohesive human groups. Comment on “"Evolving the Future: Toward a Science of Intentional Change” by David Sloan Wilson, Steven C. Hayes, Anthony Biglan, Dennis D. Embry, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 395–460 (430–431).  

MacDonald, K. B. (2012). Cutting Nature ant its joints: Toward an evolutionarily informed theory of natural types of conduct disorder. Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology 6(3), 260-291.

MacDonald, K. B. (2012). Temperament and evolution. In M. Zentner and R. L. Shiner (Eds.), Handbook of Temperament. New York: Guilford Press, 273–296.

MacDonald, K. (April, 2010). Evolution and a Dual Processing Theory of Culture: Applications to Moral Idealism and Political Philosophy. Politics and Culture.

MacDonald, K. (2009). Evolution, Psychology, and a Conflict Theory of Culture. Evolutionary Psychology, 7(2), 208–233.

MacDonald, K. (2008). Effortful Control, Explicit Processing and the Regulation of Human Evolved Predispositions. Psychological Review, 115(4), 1012–1031.

Howrigan, D.P. & MacDonald, K.B.  (2008).  Humor as a Mental Fitness Indicator.  Evolutionary Psychology, 6(4), 652-666.

MacDonald, K., & Hershberger, S. (2005). Theoretical Issues in the Study of Evolution and Development. In R. Burgess and K. MacDonald (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Development, 2nd edition, pp. 21–72. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

MacDonald, K. (2005). Personality, Evolution, and Development. In R. Burgess and K. MacDonald (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Development, 2nd edition, pp. 207–242. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Chiappe, D., & MacDonald, K. B. (2005). The Evolution of Domain-General Mechanisms in Intelligence and Learning. Journal of General Psychology,  132(1), 5–40.

MacDonald, K. B., & Chiappe, D. Review of The Origin of Mind: The Evolution of Brain, Cognition, and General Intelligence, by David Geary. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2005. Human Ethology Bulletin,  21(2), 14-18, June 2006.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of On Genetic Interests: Family, Ethny, and Humanity in an Age of Mass Migration, by Frank Salter (Frankfurt Am Main, Germany: Peter Lang, 2003). Human Ethology Bulletin, 20(2), 7–10, June 2005. An edited version of this review appeared in the National Observer (Australia), 62 (Spring, 2004).

MacDonald, K. B.   What Makes Western Culture Unique? Occidental Quarterly, Vol. 2(2), Summer 2002: 9-38.

MacDonald, K. B. (2001). An Integrative Evolutionary Perspective on Ethnicity.  Politics and the Life Sciences, 20, 67-79. (This paper appeared in 2004 because of delays at the journal. It reflects a literature review as of 2002.)

MacDonald, K. B. (2001). Theoretical pluralism and historical complexity: A reply to Kanazawa and Still. Social Forces, 80, 343-347.

MacDonald, K. B. (2000). Book Review Essay: The Numbers Game: Ethnic Conflict in the Contemporary World.  Population and Environment, 21, 413-425.

MacDonald, K. B. (1999). An evolutionary perspective on human fertility. Population and Environment, 21(2), 223-246.

MacDonald, K. B. (1999). Love and Confidence in Protection as Two Independent Systems Underlying Intimate Relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 13(4), 492-495.

MacDonald, K. B. (1999) A New Paradigm for Evolutionary Psychology: The Centrality of Domain-General Mechanisms for Conceptualizing Human Adaptation. Review of Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences by David C. Geary. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1998. Human Ethology Bulletin, 14(2), 12–15, June 1999..

MacDonald, K. B. (1998). Evolution, Culture, and the Five-Factor Model. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 29, 119-149.

Segal, N., & MacDonald, K. B. (1998). Behavior Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology: A Unified Perspective on Personality Research. Human Biology70, 157-182.

Lusk, J., MacDonald, K., & Newman, J. R. (1998). Resource Appraisals among Self, Friend and Leader: Implications for an Evolutionary Perspective on Individual Differences and a Resource/Reciprocity Perspective on Friendship. Personality and Individual Differences, 24, 685-700.

MacDonald, K. B. (1998). Evolution and development. In A. Campbell & S. Muncer (Eds.), Social Development, (pp. 21-49). London: UCL Press.

MacDonald, K. B. (1997). The Coherence of Individual Development: An Evolutionary Perspective on Children's Internalization of Parental Values. In J. Grusec & L. Kuczynski (Eds.), Parenting and Children's Internalization of Values: A Handbook of Contemporary Theory (pp. 362-397). New York: Wiley.

MacDonald, K. B. (1997). Life History Theory and Human Reproductive Behavior: Environmental/Contextual Influences and Heritable Variation. Human Nature, 8, 327-359.

MacDonald, K. B. (1996). What do children want? An evolutionary perspective on children's motivation in the peer group. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 19(1), 53-73. This is part of a special issue on "Evolutionary perspectives on peer relations" edited by P. LaFreniere and K. MacDonald.

MacDonald, K. B. (1996). Freud's Follies: Psychoanalysis as religion, cult, and political movement. Skeptic, 4(3), 94-99.

MacDonald, K. B. (1995). Evolution, the Five Factor Model, and Levels of Personality. Journal of Personality 63, 525-567. Special issue on "Levels and Domains of Personality" edited by R. A. Emmons and D. McAdams.

MacDonald, K. B. (1995).  The Establishment and Maintenance of Socially Imposed Monogamy in Western Europe.  HTML File.  Politics and the Life Sciences, 14, 3-23, 1995. This article was the subject of commentaries by Laura Betzig, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, James A. Brundage, Ulrich Mueller, Frank Salter, John M. Strate, and David Sloan Wilson, followed by a reply by me. See: Commentaries.

MacDonald, K. B. (1992). Warmth as a developmental construct: An evolutionary analysis. Child Development, 63, 753-773.

MacDonald, K. B. (1992). A Time and a Place for Everything: A Discrete Systems Perspective on the Role of Children's Rough and Tumble Play in Educational Settings. Early Education and Development. 3, 334-355.

MacDonald, K. B. (1991). A perspective on Darwinian psychology: The importance of domain-general mechanisms, plasticity, and individual differences. Ethology and Sociobiology, 12, 449-480.

MacDonald, K. B. (1990). Mechanisms of sexual egalitarianism in Western Europe.  Ethology and Sociobiology, 11, 195–238.

MacDonald, K. B. (1989). The plasticity of human social organization and behavior: Contextual variables and proximal mechanisms. Ethology and Sociobiology, 10, 171-194.

MacDonald, K. B. (Ed.), (1988). The interfaces between developmental psychology and evolutionary biology. In K. MacDonald (Ed.), Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988. 

MacDonald, K. B. (Ed.), (1988). Sociobiology and the cognitive-developmental tradition in moral development. In K. MacDonald (Ed.), Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988. 

MacDonald, K. B. (Ed.), (1988).  Socialization in the context of the family: A sociobiological perspective. In K. MacDonald (Ed.), Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988. 

MacDonald, K. B. (1987). Parent-child physical play with rejected, neglected and popular boys. Developmental Psychology, 23, 705-711.

MacDonald, K. B. (1986). Early experience, relative plasticity and cognitive development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 7, 101-124. This article was the lead article in a special issue of this journal devoted to the issues of plasticity and early experience. The other articles were directed at my article.

MacDonald, K. B. (1986). Developmental models and early experience. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 9, 175-190.

MacDonald, K. B., & Parke, R. D. (1986). Parent-child physical play: The effects of sex and age of children and parents. Sex Roles, 15, 367-378.

MacDonald, K. B. (1986). Civilization and Its Discontents Revisited: Freud as an Evolutionary Biologist. Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 9, 213-220.

MacDonald, K. B. (1985). Early experience, relative plasticity and social development. Developmental Review, 5, 99-121. This paper was selected for reprinting in S. Chess and A. Thomas (Eds.), Annual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development; 1986 edition, pp. 86-110. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.

MacDonald, K. B., & Parke, R. D. (1984). Bridging the gap: Parent-child play interactions and peer interactive competence. Child Development, 55, 1265-1277.

MacDonald, K. B. (1984). An ethological-social learning theory of the development of altruism: Implications for human sociobiology. Ethology and Sociobiology, 5, 97-109.

MacDonald, K. B. (1983). Production, social controls and ideology: Toward a sociobiology of the phenotype. Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 6, 297–317.

MacDonald, K. B. (1983). Development and stability of personality characteristics in prepubertal wolves. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 97, 99-106, 1983. An abstract of this paper was published in Behavior Genetics, 9, 467, 1979.

MacDonald, K. B., & Ginsburg, B. E. (1981). Induction of normal behavior in wolves with restricted rearing. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 33, 133-162.

Wehr, P., MacDonald, K. B., Lindner, R., & Yeung, G. (2001). Stabilizing vs. Directional Selection on Facial Attractiveness: Averageness or Neoteny? Human Nature, 12(4), 383-402.

MacDonald, K. B. (2000). Variation in Mating Dispositions. Comment on 'The Evolution of Human Mating: Trade-offs and Strategic Pluralism,' by S. W. Gangestad & J. A. Simpson. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23(4), 609-610 .

MacDonald, K. B. (1998). Individual Differences and the Adaptiveness of Patriarchal Ideology. Commentary on Anne Campbell's 'Staying Alive: Evolution, Culture, and Women's Intra-sexual Aggression. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(2), 230.

MacDonald, K. B. What about Sex Differences? An Adaptationist Perspective on 'the Lines of Causal Influence' of Personality Systems. Commentary on 'Neurobiology of the Structure of Personality: Dopamine Facilitation of Incentive Motivation and Extraversion' by R. A. Depue & P. F. Collins. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22(3), 530-531.

LaFreniere, P. J., & MacDonald, K. (1996). Evolutionary Perspectives on Children's Resource-directed Behaviour in Peer Relationships: An Introduction. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 19(1), 1-5.

MacDonald, K. B. (1995). Views on the Race: IQ controversies. ASCAP Newsletter 8(1), 4-5.

MacDonald, K. B. (1995). Response to Freedman and Price: How many mechanisms? ASCAP Newsletter 8(5), 5-6.

MacDonald, K. B. (1995). How many mechanisms? ASCAP Newsletter8(5), 5-6.

MacDonald, K. B. (1994). Personality development. In Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Vol. 3, pp. 461-467. Orlando, FL: Academic Press; reprinted in the Encyclopedia of Mental Health, ed. H. Friedman. Orlando, FL: Academic Press, 1998; in press.

MacDonald, K. B. (1991). Rites of Passage. In R. M. Lerner, A. C. Petersen, and J. Brooks-Gunn (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 944-946). New York: Garland Publishing, 1991.

Charlesworth, W., & MacDonald, K. B. (1990). Let's get the review straight. Contemporary Psychology, 35, 509-510.

Smith, P. K., with contributions from Montagner, H., Strayer, F., Archer, J., Blurton-Jones, N., and MacDonald, K. (1990). Ethology, sociobiology and developmental psychology: In memory of Niko Tinbergen and Konrad Lorenz. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8, 187-200.

Parke, R. D., MacDonald, K. B., Burks, V. M., Carson, J., Bhavnagri, N., Barth, J., and Bietel, A. (1989). Family and peer system: In search of linkages. In K. Kreppner and R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Family Systems and Life Span Development (pp. 65-92). New York: Academic Press.

Parke, R. D., MacDonald, K. B., Bietel, A., and Bhavnagri, N. (1988). The role of the family in the development of peer relationships. In R. D. Peters and R. J. McMahon (Ed.), Social Learning and Systems Approaches to Marriage and the Family (pp. 17-44). New York: Brunner/Mazel Publishers.

MacDonald, K. B. (1986). Biological and cultural interactions in early adolescence: A sociobiological perspective. In R. Lerner and T. Foch (Eds.), Biological-Psychosocial Interactions in Early Adolescence: A Life-Span Perspective (pp. 95-120). Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

MacDonald, K. B. (1986). Development and stability of personality characteristics in prepubertal wolves: Implications for pack organization and behavior. In H. Frank (Ed.), Man and Wolf (pp. 293-312). The Hague: Dr. W. Junk Publishers.

MacDonald, K. B. (1980). Activity patterns in a captive wolf pack. Carnivore, 2, 62-64.

Other Reviews

MacDonald, K. B. Where is evolution taking us now? Book review essay on Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997. Personality and Individual Differences, in press.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of DNA and Destiny: Nature and Nurture in Human Behavior, by R. Grant Steen. New York and London: Plenum Press, 1996. Politics and the Life Sciences, 16(2), 335-337, 1997.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Politics and the Life Sciences, 11(1&2), 1992. Politics and the Life Sciences is a publication of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences. Quarterly Review of Biology, 68 (3), 421-422, 1993.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of The Sociobiological Imagination, edited by Mary Maxwell. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1991; Human Ethology Newsletter, 8(2), 8-9, 1992.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Cooperation and Prosocial Behaviour, R. A. Hinde and J. Groebel (Eds.). Cambridge, UL: Cambridge University Press, 1991. European Sociobiological Society Newsletter, No. 34, April 1994, pp. 11-14.

MacDonald, K. B. An evolutionary perspective on clinical psychology. Review of Human Nature and Suffering, by Paul Gilbert. Hove, U. K.: Academic Press, 1989. Contemporary Psychology, 35, 1040-1041, 1990.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Attachments in Social Networks, edited by L. W. C. Tavecchio and M. H. van IJzendoorn. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1987. Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 62, (1), 113-114, 1988.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Individuals, Relationships, and Culture, by Robert Hinde. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1987. Quarterly Review of Biology, 63, 360-361, 1988.

MacDonald, K. B. Images of human nature. Review of Biology and Freedom, by S. A. Barnett. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Contemporary Psychology, 35, 341-343, 1990.

MacDonald, K. B. Current progress on research in peer relationships. Review of Peer Relationships in Child Development, edited by Thomas Berndt and Gary Ladd. New York: Wiley, 1989. Contemporary Psychology, 35, 578-579, 199MacDonald, K. B.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Symbiosis in Parent-offspring Interactions, Edited by L. Rosenblum and H. Moltz. New York: Plenum, 1983. Developmental Psychobiology, 20,(4), 477-484, 1987.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of Development in Middle Childhood, edited by W. A. Collins (National Academy Press, 1984). Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 61, 92-93, 1987.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of The Development of Social Cognition, edited by John Pryor and Jeanne Day, Springer-Verlag, 1985. Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 60, (2) 320, 1986.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of On the Nature of Human Plasticity by R. Lerner (Cambridge University Press, 1984). Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 60, 113-114, 1986.

MacDonald, K. B. Review of The Development of Prosocial Behavior by N. Eisenberg (Academic Press, 1982). Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 59, 208-209, 1985.

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