Dr Tim Fawcett
Senior Lecturer

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Key publications



Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Grp MAD (2014). The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 18(3), 153-161. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
McNamara JM, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2013). An Adaptive Response to Uncertainty Generates Positive and Negative Contrast Effects. SCIENCE, 340(6136), 1084-1086. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(29), 11735-11739. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2010). Learning your own strength: winner and loser effects should change with age and experience. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 277(1686), 1427-1434. Author URL. DOI.

Publications by category


Journal articles

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-e0179495. Full text. DOI.
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. The American Naturalist, 187(5), 620-632. Full text. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Comment on 'Are physicists afraid of mathematics?'. New Journal of Physics Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Frankenhuis WE (2015). Adaptive explanations for sensitive windows in development. FRONTIERS IN ZOOLOGY, 12 Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
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(1), 123-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2015). Evolution of a flexible rule for foraging that copes with environmental variation. Current Zoology, 61(2), 303-312. Abstract.  Full text.
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. Psychological Review, 122(2), 364-375. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Marshall JAR, Higginson AD (2015). The evolution of mechanisms underlying behaviour. Current Zoology, 61(2), 221-225. Full text.
Houston AI, Fawcett TW, Mallpress DEW, McNamara JM (2014). Clarifying the relationship between prospect theory and risk-sensitive foraging theory. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(6), 502-507. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Radford AN, Fawcett TW (2014). Conflict between groups promotes later defense of a critical resource in a cooperatively breeding bird. Current Biology, 24(24), 2935-2939. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Weissing FJ (2014). Conflict over resources generates conflict over mate choice: reply to Smaldino and Newson. EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 35(2), 157-159. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Grp MAD (2014). The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 18(3), 153-161. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
McNamara JM, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2013). An Adaptive Response to Uncertainty Generates Positive and Negative Contrast Effects. SCIENCE, 340(6136), 1084-1086. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Mowles SL (2013). Assessments of fighting ability need not be cognitively complex. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 86(5), E1-E7. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Hamblin S, Giraldeau LA (2013). Exposing the behavioral gambit: the evolution of learning and decision rules. Behavioral Ecology, 24(1), 2-11. Abstract. DOI.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Weissing FJ (2013). The evolution of parent-offspring conflict over mate choice. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(6), 405-411. Abstract. DOI.
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. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 24(1), 14-15. Author URL. DOI.
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. JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR, 98(3), 355-367. Author URL. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). Generalized Optimal Risk Allocation: Foraging and Antipredator Behavior in a Fluctuating Environment. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 180(5), 589-603. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(29), 11735-11739. Author URL. DOI.
van Dijk RE, Szekely T, Komdeur J, Pogany A, Fawcett TW, Weissing FJ (2012). Individual variation and the resolution of conflict over parental care in penduline tits. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1735), 1927-1936. Author URL. DOI.
Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR, McNamara JM (2012). Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 172-178. Author URL. DOI.
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. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1726), 202-208. Author URL. DOI.
Radford AN, Fawcett TW (2012). Negotiating a stable solution for vigilance behaviour. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1743), 3633-3634. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Reply to Chitnis and Smith, Fernandes, Gibbons, and Kane: Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(45), E3058-E3059. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). When is it adaptive to be patient? a general framework for evaluating delayed rewards. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 128-136. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Boogert NJ, Lefebvre L (2011). Female assessment: cheap tricks or costly calculations?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 22(3), 462-463. Author URL. DOI.
Boogert NJ, Fawcett TW, Lefebvre L (2011). Mate choice for cognitive traits: a review of the evidence in nonhuman vertebrates. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 22(3), 447-459. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL. DOI.
Riebel K, Holveck MJ, Verhulst S, Fawcett TW (2010). Are high-quality mates always attractive? State-dependent mate preferences in birds and humans. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 3(3), 271-273. Abstract. DOI.
Carere C, Caramaschi D, Fawcett TW (2010). Covariation between personalities and individual differences in coping with stress: Converging evidence and hypotheses. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, 56(6), 728-740. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, van den Berg P, Weissing FJ, Park JH, Buunk AP (2010). Intergenerational conflict over grandparental investment. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 33(1), 23-+. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2010). Learning your own strength: winner and loser effects should change with age and experience. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 277(1686), 1427-1434. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Bleay C (2009). Previous experiences shape adaptive mate preferences. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 20(1), 68-78. Author URL. DOI.
Pollet TV, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Nettle D (2009). Sex-ratio biasing towards daughters among lower-ranking co-wives in Rwanda. BIOLOGY LETTERS, 5(6), 765-768. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. Behavioral Ecology, 18(1), 71-80. Abstract. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 18(1), 71-80. Author URL. DOI.
Brown GR, Fawcett TW (2005). Sexual selection: Copycat mating in birds. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 15(16), R626-R628. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2003). Mate choice in the face of costly competition. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 14(6), 771-779. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2003). Optimal assessment of multiple cues. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270(1524), 1637-1643. Abstract. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Skinner AMJ, Goldsmith AR (2002). A test of imitative learning in starlings using a two-action method with an enhanced ghost control. Animal Behaviour, 64(4), 547-556. Abstract. DOI.
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. Journal of Applied Ecology, 38(5), 1114-1121. Abstract. DOI.

Internet publications

Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Equations on Citations.  Abstract. Web link. DOI.

Publications by year



2017

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-e0179495. Full text. DOI.

2016

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. The American Naturalist, 187(5), 620-632. Full text. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Comment on 'Are physicists afraid of mathematics?'. New Journal of Physics Full text. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW (2016). Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Equations on Citations.  Abstract. Web link. DOI.

2015

Fawcett TW, Frankenhuis WE (2015). Adaptive explanations for sensitive windows in development. FRONTIERS IN ZOOLOGY, 12 Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
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(1), 123-135. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2015). Evolution of a flexible rule for foraging that copes with environmental variation. Current Zoology, 61(2), 303-312. Abstract.  Full text.
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. Psychological Review, 122(2), 364-375. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Marshall JAR, Higginson AD (2015). The evolution of mechanisms underlying behaviour. Current Zoology, 61(2), 221-225. Full text.

2014

Houston AI, Fawcett TW, Mallpress DEW, McNamara JM (2014). Clarifying the relationship between prospect theory and risk-sensitive foraging theory. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(6), 502-507. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Radford AN, Fawcett TW (2014). Conflict between groups promotes later defense of a critical resource in a cooperatively breeding bird. Current Biology, 24(24), 2935-2939. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Weissing FJ (2014). Conflict over resources generates conflict over mate choice: reply to Smaldino and Newson. EVOLUTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 35(2), 157-159. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD, Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Grp MAD (2014). The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, 18(3), 153-161. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.

2013

McNamara JM, Fawcett TW, Houston AI (2013). An Adaptive Response to Uncertainty Generates Positive and Negative Contrast Effects. SCIENCE, 340(6136), 1084-1086. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Mowles SL (2013). Assessments of fighting ability need not be cognitively complex. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 86(5), E1-E7. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Hamblin S, Giraldeau LA (2013). Exposing the behavioral gambit: the evolution of learning and decision rules. Behavioral Ecology, 24(1), 2-11. Abstract. DOI.
van den Berg P, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Weissing FJ (2013). The evolution of parent-offspring conflict over mate choice. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(6), 405-411. Abstract. DOI.
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. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 24(1), 14-15. Author URL. DOI.

2012

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. JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR, 98(3), 355-367. Author URL. DOI.
Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). Generalized Optimal Risk Allocation: Foraging and Antipredator Behavior in a Fluctuating Environment. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 180(5), 589-603. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(29), 11735-11739. Author URL. DOI.
van Dijk RE, Szekely T, Komdeur J, Pogany A, Fawcett TW, Weissing FJ (2012). Individual variation and the resolution of conflict over parental care in penduline tits. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1735), 1927-1936. Author URL. DOI.
Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR, McNamara JM (2012). Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 172-178. Author URL. DOI.
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. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1726), 202-208. Author URL. DOI.
Radford AN, Fawcett TW (2012). Negotiating a stable solution for vigilance behaviour. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279(1743), 3633-3634. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012). Reply to Chitnis and Smith, Fernandes, Gibbons, and Kane: Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109(45), E3058-E3059. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012). When is it adaptive to be patient? a general framework for evaluating delayed rewards. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 89(2), 128-136. Author URL.  Full text. DOI.

2011

Fawcett TW, Boogert NJ, Lefebvre L (2011). Female assessment: cheap tricks or costly calculations?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 22(3), 462-463. Author URL. DOI.
Boogert NJ, Fawcett TW, Lefebvre L (2011). Mate choice for cognitive traits: a review of the evidence in nonhuman vertebrates. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 22(3), 447-459. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL. DOI.

2010

Riebel K, Holveck MJ, Verhulst S, Fawcett TW (2010). Are high-quality mates always attractive? State-dependent mate preferences in birds and humans. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 3(3), 271-273. Abstract. DOI.
Carere C, Caramaschi D, Fawcett TW (2010). Covariation between personalities and individual differences in coping with stress: Converging evidence and hypotheses. CURRENT ZOOLOGY, 56(6), 728-740. Author URL.
Fawcett TW, van den Berg P, Weissing FJ, Park JH, Buunk AP (2010). Intergenerational conflict over grandparental investment. BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, 33(1), 23-+. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2010). Learning your own strength: winner and loser effects should change with age and experience. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 277(1686), 1427-1434. Author URL. DOI.

2009

Fawcett TW, Bleay C (2009). Previous experiences shape adaptive mate preferences. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 20(1), 68-78. Author URL. DOI.
Pollet TV, Fawcett TW, Buunk AP, Nettle D (2009). Sex-ratio biasing towards daughters among lower-ranking co-wives in Rwanda. BIOLOGY LETTERS, 5(6), 765-768. Author URL. DOI.

2007

Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. Behavioral Ecology, 18(1), 71-80. Abstract. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 18(1), 71-80. Author URL. DOI.

2005

Brown GR, Fawcett TW (2005). Sexual selection: Copycat mating in birds. CURRENT BIOLOGY, 15(16), R626-R628. Author URL. DOI.

2003

Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2003). Mate choice in the face of costly competition. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 14(6), 771-779. Author URL. DOI.
Fawcett TW, Johnstone RA (2003). Optimal assessment of multiple cues. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270(1524), 1637-1643. Abstract. DOI.

2002

Fawcett TW, Skinner AMJ, Goldsmith AR (2002). A test of imitative learning in starlings using a two-action method with an enhanced ghost control. Animal Behaviour, 64(4), 547-556. Abstract. DOI.

2001

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. Journal of Applied Ecology, 38(5), 1114-1121. Abstract. DOI.