Selected publications
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2020 and in press

Taborsky B, English S, Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Leimar O, McNamara JM, Ruuskanen S & Sandi C in press. Towards an evolutionary theory of stress responsesTrends Ecol. Evol.
Leaver LA, Ford S, Miller CW, Yeo MK & Fawcett TW 2020. Learning is negatively associated with strength of left/right paw preference in wild grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis)Learn. Behav. 48: 96-103.

Radford AN, Schindler S & Fawcett TW 2019. Between-group attack and defence in an ecological setting: insights from non-human animalsBehav. Brain Sci. 42: e137.
Fawcett TW, Ewans J, Lawrence A & Radford AN 2019. Attractiveness is positively related to World Cup performance in male, but not female, biathletes. Behav. Ecol. 30: 1436-1442.
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Cenni C & Fawcett TW 2018. The co-evolution of juvenile play-fighting and adult competition. Ethology 124: 290-301.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Houston AI & McNamara JM 2018. Trust your gut: using physiological states as a source of information is almost as effective as optimal Bayesian learningProc. R. Soc. B. 285: 20172411.
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Rosenström T, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Metsä-Simola N, Hagen EH, Houston AI & Martikainen P 2017. Adaptive and non-adaptive models of depression: a comparison using register data on antidepressant medication during divorce. PLoS ONE 12: e0179495.
Higginson AD & Fawcett TW 2016. Equation-dense papers receive fewer citations—in physics as well as biology. New J. Phys. 18: 118003. APPENDIX: Full statistical analysis
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English S, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Trimmer PC & Uller T 2016. Adaptive use of information during growth can explain long-term effects of early-life experiences. Am. Nat. 187: 620-632.
Fawcett TW & Frankenhuis WE 2015. Adaptive explanations for sensitive windows in development. Front. Zool. 12: S3.
Trimmer PC, Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, McNamara JM & Houston AI 2015. Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: implications for understanding depression. Evol. Med. Public Health 2015: 123-135.
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Mallpress DEW, Fawcett TW, Houston AI & McNamara JM 2015. Risk attitudes in a changing environment: an evolutionary model of the fourfold pattern of risk preferences. Psych. Rev. 122: 364-375.
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Fawcett TW, Marshall JAR & Higginson AD 2015. The evolution of mechanisms underlying behaviour. Curr. Zool. 61: 221-225.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW Houston AI 2015. Evolution of a flexible rule for foraging that copes with environmental variation. Curr. Zool. 61: 303-312.
Radford AR & Fawcett TW 2014. Conflict between groups promotes later defense of a critical resource in a cooperatively breeding bird. Curr. Biol. 24: 2935-2939.
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Houston AI, Fawcett TW, Mallpress DEW & McNamara JM 2014. Clarifying the relationship between prospect theory and risk-sensitive foraging theory. Evol. Hum. Behav. 35: 502-507.
Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC & McNamara JM 2014. The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. Trends Cogn. Sci. 18: 153-161.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP & Weissing FJ 2014. Conflict over resources generates conflict over mate choice. Evol. Hum. Behav. 35: 157-159.
Fawcett TW & Mowles SL 2013. Assessments of fighting ability need not be cognitively complex. Anim. Behav. 86: e1-e7.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP & Weissing FJ 2013. The evolution of parent-offspring conflict over mate choice. Evol. Hum. Behav. 34: 405-411.
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McNamara JM, Fawcett TW & Houston AI 2013. An adaptive response to uncertainty generates positive and negative contrast effects. Science 340: 1084-1086.
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Fawcett TW, Hamblin S & Giraldeau L-A 2013. We can study how mechanisms evolve without knowing the rules of chess or the workings of the brain. Behav. Ecol. 24: 14-15.
Fawcett TW, Hamblin S & Giraldeau L-A 2013. Exposing the behavioral gambit: the evolution of learning and decision rules. Behav. Ecol. 24: 2-11.

McNamara JM & Fawcett TW 2012. Optimal strategies and heuristics for ecological search problems. In: Todd PM, Hills TT & Robbins TW (eds), Cognitive Search: Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain, Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 9, pp. 301-315Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Mallpress DEW, Fawcett TW, McNamara JM & Houston AI 2012. Comparing pleasure and pain: the fundamental mathematical equivalence of reward gain and shock reduction under variable interval schedules. J. Exp. Anal. Behav. 98: 355-367.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM & Houston AI 2012. Generalized optimal risk allocation: foraging and antipredator behavior in a fluctuating environment. Am. Nat. 180: 589-603.
Fawcett TW & Higginson AD 2012. Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 109: E3058-E3059.
Fawcett TW & Higginson AD 2012. Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 109: 11735-11739
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van Dijk RE, Székely T, Komdeur J, Pogány Á, Fawcett TW & Weissing FJ 2012. Individual variation and the resolution of conflict over parental care in penduline tits. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 279: 1927-1936.
Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR & McNamara JM 2012. Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. Behav. Processes 89: 172-178.
Fawcett TW, McNamara JM & Houston AI 2012. When is it adaptive to be patient? A general framework for evaluating delayed rewards. Behav. Processes 89: 128-136.
van der Meij L, Almela M, Buunk AP, Fawcett TW & Salvador A 2012. Men with elevated testosterone levels show more affiliative behaviours during interactions with women. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 279: 202-208. 
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ & Pen I 2011. Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 108: 15925-15930.
Fawcett TW, Boogert NJ & Lefebvre L 2011. Female assessment: cheap tricks or costly calculations? Behav. Ecol. 22: 462-463.
Boogert NJ, Fawcett TW & Lefebvre L 2011. Mate choice for cognitive traits: a review of the evidence in non-human vertebrates. Behav. Ecol. 22: 447-459.
Carere C, Caramaschi D & Fawcett TW 2010. Covariation between personalities and individual differences in coping with stress: converging evidence and hypotheses. Curr. Zool. 56: 728-740.
Fawcett TW, van den Berg P, Weissing FJ, Park JH & Buunk AP 2010. Intergenerational conflict over grandparental investment. Behav. Brain Sci. 33: 23-24.
Riebel K, Holveck MJ, Verhulst S & Fawcett TW 2010. Are high-quality males always attractive? State-dependent mate preferences in birds and humans. Commun. Integr. Biol. 3: 271-273.
Fawcett TW & Johnstone RA 2010. Learning your own strength: winner and loser effects should change with age and experience. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 277: 1427-1434.
Pollet TV, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP & Nettle D 2009. Sex-ratio biasing towards daughters among lower-ranking co-wives in Rwanda. Biol. Lett. 5: 765-768.
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Fawcett TW & Bleay C 2009. Previous experiences shape adaptive mate preferences. Behav. Ecol. 20: 68-78.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I & Weissing FJ 2007. Should attractive males have more sons? Behav. Ecol. 18: 71-80. 
Brown GR & Fawcett TW 2005. Sexual selection: copycat mating in birds. Curr. Biol. 15: R626-R628.
Fawcett TW & Johnstone RA 2003. Optimal assessment of multiple cues. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 270: 1637-1643.
Fawcett TW & Johnstone RA 2003. Mate choice in the face of costly competition. Behav. Ecol. 14: 771-779.
Fawcett TW, Skinner AMJ & Goldsmith AR 2002. A test of imitative learning in starlings using a two-action method with an enhanced ghost control. Anim. Behav. 64: 547-556.
Tuyttens FAM, Long B, Fawcett T, Skinner A, Brown JA, Cheeseman CL, Roddam AW & Macdonald DW 2001. Estimating group size and population density of Eurasian badgers Meles meles by quantifying latrine use. J. Appl. Ecol. 38: 1114-1121.