Publication list


Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, B.J.A. (In press.) The Extent of the Modern Synthesis. In: W. Burggren & B. Dubanksy [Eds.] Development, Physiology and Environment: A Synthesis. Springer.

Dickins, T.E., Neller, K., & Spencer, R. (2018.) Clutch size in Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) on Lundy. Journal of the Lundy Field Society, 6

Dickins, T.E. (In press.) Selfish gene theory and levels of selection. In: H. Callan [Ed.] International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology. Wiley.


Dickins, T.E. (In press.) Pragmatic considerations and social benefits: An analysis of engagement with a fly-tipping reduction project. Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality.

Dickins, T.E. & Froud, A. (2017.) Bird communities in the buffer lands of Epping Forest. Essex Naturalist, 34, 154-164

Shuker, D.M., Barrett, L., Dickins, T.E., Scott-Phillips, T.C. & Barton, R.A. (2017.) General intelligence does not help us to understand cognitive evolution. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, doi:10.1017/S0140525X16001771


Spencer, R., Russell, Y.I., Dickins, B.J.A., & Dickins, T.E. (2016.) Kleptoparasitism in gulls (Laridae) at an urban and a coastal foraging environment: An assessment of ecological predictorsBird Study. doi: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1249821

Dickins, T.E. (2016.) Average clutch size for a Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) colony on Lundy. Devon Birds, 69 (1), 7-13

Dickins, T.E. (2016.) An equitable marriage: A focal study of a barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) nest on Lundy. Journal of the Lundy Field Society, 5, 89-100


Coall, D.A., Callan, A., Dickins, T.E., & Chisholm, J.S. (2015.) Prenatal Development: An Evolutionary Perspective. In: M. Lamb [Ed.] Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 57-105


Garcia-Guerrero, S., Dickins, T.E., & Dickins, D.W. (2014.) The Gradual Extinction of Transferred Avoidance Stimulus FunctionsThe Psychological Record. doi: 10.1007/s40732-014-0062-7

Spencer, R. & Dickins, T.E. (2014.) Differences in aggression and nest behaviour between herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and lesser black backed gulls (Larus fuscus) on Lundy. Journal of the Lundy Field Society4, 85-104

Wickham, S., Shryane, N., Lyons, M., Dickins, T.E., & Bentall, R.P. (2014.) Why does social inequality affect mental health? The role of just world beliefs, trust and social rank in psychological well-being, paranoia and hallucinations. Journal of Public Mental Health13 (2), 114-126

Gray, J.M. & Dickins, T.E. (2014.) Suicide terrorism and post mortem benefits. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 269-270

Scott-Phillips, T.C. & Dickins, T.E. (2014.) Group level traits can be studied with standard evolutionary theory. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37 (3), 273-274

Scott-Phillips, T.C., Laland, K.N., Shuker, D.M., Dickins, T.E., & West, S.A. (2014.) The niche construction perspective: A critical appraisal. Evolution; doi: 10.1111/evo.12332

Dickins, T. E. (2014.) Science in the wild. The Psychologist, 27 (5), 332-333


Dickins, T.E. & Barton, R.A. (2013.) Reciprocal causation and the proximate-ultimate distinction. Biology and Philosophy, 28 (5), 747-756

Dickins, T.E. & Rahman, Q. (2013.) Epigenetic adaptations: A reply to Suter, Boffelli and Martin. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B.; doi: 10:1098/rspb.2013.1820

Nettle, D., Dickins, T.E., Coall, D.A., & de Mornay Davies, P. (2013.) Patterns of physical and psychological development in future teenage mothersEvolution, Medicine and Public Health; doi: 10.1093/emph/eot016


Dickins, T.E., Johns, S.E., & Chipman, A. (2012.) Teenage Pregnancy in the United Kingdom: A Behavioural Ecological Perspective. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, 6 (3), 344-359

Dickins, T.E. & Rahman, Q. (2012.) The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and the role of soft inheritance in evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B., 279, 2913-2921; doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0273 

Dickins, T.E. & Donovan, P.E. (2012.) Animal Behaviour Fieldwork: Introducing psychology students to the process of sciencePsychology Teaching Review18 (2), 9-15 


Dickins, T.E. (2011.) Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour. In: V. Swami (Ed.) Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 1-30

Dickins, T.E. (2011.) A Report on The Galton Institute 2011 Conference: Human and Primate EvolutionGalton Institute Newsletter77, 1-4 

Dickins, T.E. (2011.) Following in his father’s footstepsLundy Field Society Newsletter41, 14-15 

Brown, G., Dickins, T.E., Sear, R., & Laland, K. (2011.) Evolutionary accounts of human behavioural diversity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 366, 313-324

Coall, D.A., Dickins, T.E., & Nettle, D. (2011.) Antecedents of teenage pregnancy: using an evolutionary perspective in the search for mechanisms. In: A. Poiani (Ed.) Pragmatic Evolution: Applications of Evolutionary Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 167-187

Johns, S.E., Dickins. T.E., & Clegg, H.T. (2011.) Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhood: How might evolutionary theory inform policy? Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9 (1), 3-19

Scott-Phillips, T., Dickins, T.E., & West, S.A. (2011.) Evolutionary theory and the ultimate/proximate distinction in the human behavioural sciences. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6 (1), 38-47 

Nettle, D., Coall, D.A., & Dickins, T.E. (2011.) Early life conditions and age at first pregnancy in British women. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B., 278, 1721-1727


Dickins, T.E. & Sandhu, S. (2010.) Gene-ecology interactions and psychological disorders. BioNews, 555

Sear, R. & Dickins, T.E. (2010.) The Generation Game is the Cooperation Game. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 34-35 

Nettle, D., Coall, D.A., & Dickins, T.E. (2010.) Birthweight and paternal involvement affect the likelihood of teenage motherhood: Evidence from the British National Child Development StudyAmerican Journal of Human Biology22, 172-179 


Dickins, T.E. (2009.) Changes in Art: Market Forces or Evolution? Empirical Studies of the Arts, 27 (2), 159-165 [INVITED.]

Dickins, T.E. (2009.) Psychology, Biology and the Market Place. Psychology Teaching Review, 14 (2), 17-20

Dickins, T.E. & Sergeant, M.T. (2009.) Two more things for consideration: Sexual orientation and conduct disorder. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 275


Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, B.J.A. (2008.) Mother Nature’s Tolerant Ways: Why non-genetic inheritance has nothing to do with evolution. New Ideas in Psychology, 26, 41-54

Dickins, B.J.A., Dickins, D.W., & Dickins, T.E. (2008.) Is this conjectural phenotypic dichotomy a plausible outcome of genomic imprinting? (Commentary.) Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 31 (3), 267-268 

Dickins, T.E. & Sergeant, M.J.T. (2008.) Social Dominance and Sexual OrientationJournal of Evolutionary Psychology6 (1), 57-71 

Levene, R. & Dickins, T.E. (2008.) Sex-related invariance across cultures in an online role-playing gameJournal of Evolutionary Psychology6 (2), 141-148 


Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, B.J.A. (2007.) Designed calibration: Naturally selected flexibility, not non-genetic inheritance. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30 (4), 368-369

Dickins, T.E., Sear, R., & Wells, A.J. (2007.) Mind the gap(s)…in theory, method and data: Re-examining Kanazawa (2006). British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 167-178 

Dickins, T.E. (2007.) Evolving the Psychology Curriculum. Psychology: The Psychological Society at Birkbeck1(1), 19-22 (with commentary from Oaksford, M.) 

Dickins, T.E. (2007.) Psychology is a branch of biology, and biology is unified by evolutionary theory. Psychology: The Psychological Society at Birkbeck1(1), 27-31 (a reply to Oaksford, M.) 

Sear, R., Lawson, D. & Dickins, T.E. (2007.) Synthesis in the Human Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 3-28 

Sergeant, M.J.T., Dickins, T.E., Davies, M.N.O, & Griffiths, M.D. (2007.) Women’s Hedonic Ratings of Body Odour of Heterosexual and Homosexual MenArchives of Sexual Behaviour36 (3), 395-401 


Dickins, T.E. (2006.) The phylogeny and ontogeny of adaptations. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29 (3), 283-284

Dickins, T.E. (2006.) Evolutionary Health Psychology. Health Psychology Update, 15 (1), 4-10 

Sergeant, M.J.T., Dickins, T.E., Davies, M.N.O, & Griffiths, M.D. (2006.) Aggression, empathy and sexual orientation in malesPersonality and Individual Differences40, 475-486 

Sergeant, M.J.T., Davies, M.N.O., Dickins, T.E. & Griffiths, M.D. (2005.) The self-reported importance of olfaction during human mate choiceSexualities, Evolution and Gender7, 199 – 213 


Dickins, T.E. (2005.) On sociosexual cognitive architecture. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28 (2), 280-281

Dickins, T.E. (2005.) Can there ever be a non-specific adaptation? A response to Hampton. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 35 (3) 329-340


Dickins, T.E. (2004.) Social Constructionism as Cognitive Science. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 34 (4), 333-352

Dickins, T.E. & Laws, K.R. (2004.) Cognitive Science: The State of the Art. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 6 (1), 1-3

Sergeant, M., Dickins, T.E. & Davies, M.N.O. (2004.) The De-Scent of Man: The Case For and Against Human Pheromones. In: P. Hills [Ed.] As Others See Us: Selected Essays on Human Communication. Peter Francis Publishers. Pp. 70-86.


Dickins, T.E. (2003.) Possible phylogenies: The role of hypotheses, weak inferences, and falsification. (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 26 (2), 219-220

Dickins, T.E. (2003.) What can evolutionary psychology tell us about cognitive architecture? History and Philosophy of Psychology, 5 (1), 1-16

Dickins, T.E. (2003.) General Symbol Machines: The first stage in the evolution of symbolic communication. Evolutionary Psychology, 1, 192-209


Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, D.W. (2002.) Is empirical imagination a constraint on adaptationist theory construction? (Commentary.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (4), 515-516

Dickins, T.E. (2002.) A Behaviourist’s Perspective on the Origins of Language. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 4 (1), 31-42


Dickins, T.E. (2001.) On the Origin of Symbols. Connexions, 5 (March), 2 – 18

Dickins, T.E. & Dickins, D.W. (2001.) Symbols, Stimulus Equivalence and the Origins of Language. Behavior and Philosophy, 29, 221-244

Dickins, T.E. & Levy, J.P. (2001.) Evolution, development and learning - a nested hierarchy? In: R.M. French & J.P. Sougné [Eds.] Connectionist Models of Learning, Development and Evolution: Proceedings of the Sixth Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. London: Springer-Verlag


Dickins, T.E. (2000.) A'considered' evolutionary perspective on the 'glass ceiling'. Psychology, Evolution and Gender, 2 (2), 161-166

Dickins, T.E. (2000.) A sophisticated determinism. Psychology, Evolution and Gender, 2 (2), 174-184

Dickins, T.E. (2000.) A non-modular suggestion about the origin of symbols. In: Desalles, J-L & Ghadakpour, L. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Evolution of Language Conference. Paris: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications.


Dickins, T.E. (1999.) The True and Wonderful Nature of Biological Determinism: A Response to F.A. Jenner. British Psychological Society, History and Philosophy of Psychology Newsletter, 28, 12 – 19 

Norton, L., Scantlebury, E. & Dickins, T.E. (1999.) Helping undergraduates to become more effective learners: an evaluation of two learning interventionsInnovations in Education and Training International36 (4), 273 – 284 


Dickins, T.E. (1998.) Words, Protolanguage and Mind. In: M.C. Chung [Ed.] Current Trends in the History and Philosophy of Psychology: Volume I. Leicester: The British Psychological Society Press.

Norton, L.S., Thomas, S., Morgan, K., Tilley, A. & Dickins, T.E. (1998.) Full-time studying and long-term relationships: make or break for mature students? British Journal of Guidance and Counselling26 (1), 75 – 88 


Chung, M.C. & Dickins, T.E. (1997.) Similarities between Kierkegaard's Despairing Self and Higgins's Self Discrepancy. In: M.C. Chung [Ed.] Psychological Concepts from Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. Leicester: The British Psychological Society Press. 


Norton, L.S., Dickins, T.E. & McLaughlin Cook, N. (1996.) “Rules of the game” in essay writing. Psychology Teaching Review5 (1), 1 – 13 

Norton, L.S., Dickins, T.E. & McLaughlin Cook, N. (1996.) Coursework assessment: What tutors are really looking for? In: G. Gibbs [Ed.] Improving Student Learning: Using Research to Improve Student Learning. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development. 


Norton, L.S. & Dickins, T.E. (1995.) Do approaches to learning courses improve students' learning strategies? In: G. Gibbs [Ed.] Improving Student Learning: Through Assessment and Evaluation. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development.