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Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
Foundation Professor of Life Sciences

Founding Director


Center for Evolution & Medicine

Arizona State University

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Tempe AZ 85287-1701


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Founding President  The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 

Tinbergen's Four Questions, EMPH, 2018

The Smoke Detector Principle, EMPH, 2018

Core Concepts of Evolutionary Medicine, 2017 

Nesse  Evolutionary Foundations for Psychiatric Research and Practice  2017 (previously missing pages now added)

Nesse  Anorexia: A Perverse Effect of Trying to Control the Starvation Response  BBS 2017

Nesse, Finch, Nunn: Evolution, Sleep, & Alzheimer's Disease, 2017 

Five Evolutionary Principles for Understanding Cancer, 2017

Thomas, Nesse, et al. Evolutionary Ecology of Organs, Trends in Cancer, 2016

 Social selection is a powerful explanation for prosociality. BBS, 2016

Evolution and Stress, 2016 

Hauser, Nesse, Schwarz:  Lay Theories of Health and Illness, 2016  

Fried & Nesse: Depression sum scores don't add up. BMC Med 2015

Evolutionary psychology and mental health. 2015

Will computers ever evolve to be as wonderful as dogs? 

How Stupid Not to Have Thought of That! My moment of embarrassing insight

A general ''Theory of Emotion'' is neither necessary nor possible, Emotion Review, 2014

Fried & Nesse: Depression is more than the sum of its parts, Psy Med, 2013

Aktipis & Nesse: Evolutionary foundations for cancer biology, Evolutionary Applications, 2013. 

Nesse, et al. Evolutionary Molecular Medicine, J Mol Medicine, 2012

Nesse & Stein: Towards a genuinely medical model for psychiatric nosology, BMC Medicine, 2012

Antolin, et al. Evolution and medicine in undergraduate education: A prescription for all biology students, Evolution, 2012

Natural selection is simple, but the systems It shapes are unimaginably complex, EDGE, 2012

Evolution: A basic science for medicine, 2012

Nesse & Jackson: Evolutionary foundations for psychiatric diagnosis, 2011

Ten questions for evolutionary studies of disease vulnerability, Evol Apps, 2011

Why has natural selection left us so vulnerable to anxiety and mood disorders? Can J Psychiatry, 2011

Nesse & Foxman: Evolution of sexually transmitted diseases, NYAS, 2011

Nesse & Dawkins: Evolutionary medicine chapter in Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 2010

Evolutionary perspectives in health and medicine, PNAS, 2010

Social selection and the origins of culture, 2010

Making evolution a basic science for medicine, PNAS, 2009

Time for truly biological psychiatry, Brit. J. Psychiatry, 2009

How can evolution and neuroscience help us understand moral capacities?  2009

Evolutionary origins and functions of emotions, Emotions Handbook, 2009

Review of The Evolution of ObesityNature, 2009

Explaining depression: Neuroscience is not enough, evolution is essential, 2009

Evolution, emotions and emotional disorders, American Psychologist, 2009

Evolution: Medicine's most basic science, Lancet, 2008

Runaway social selection for displays of partner value and altruism, Biological Theory, 2007

The Great opportunity: Evolutionary applications to medicine and public health, Applied Evolution, 2008

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