Selected Publications

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In Press

Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., & Shackelford, T. K. (in press). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Coalitional Mate Retention Inventory (CMRI) and evidence for two superordinate domains. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T. K. (in press). Endorsement of existence values predicts mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences.


Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). The Big Five personality dimensions and mate retention behaviors in Iran. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 286-290. [pdf]

Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., Cataldo, Q., Shackelford, T. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2017). Sex differences in performance frequency of online mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 82-85. [pdf]

Pham, M.N., Barbaro, N., Noser, A.E., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T.K., Zeigler-Hill, V., Weege, B., & Fink, B. (2017). Dishonest individuals request more frequent mate retention from friends. Personal Relationships, 24, 102-113doi: 10.1111/pere.12170 [pdf]

Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Ehrke, A., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., & Shackelford, T. K. (in press). Development and initial psychometric assessment of the Childhood Religious Experiences with a Primary Caregiver Inventory. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 5-9. [pdf]


Pham, M.N., Jeffery, A.J., Sela, Y., Lynn, J.T., Trevino, S., Willockx, Z., Shackelford, T.K., Fink, B., & McDonald, M.M. (2016). Duration of cunnilingus predicts estimated ejaculate volume in humans: A content analysis of pornography. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 2, 220-227. [pdf]

Sela, Y. (2016). Mate retention. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_139-1 [pdf]

Sela, Y., Mogilski, J. K., Shackelford, T. K., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Fink, B. (2016). Mate value discrepancy and mate retention behaviors of self and partner. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12281 [pdf]

Sela, Y., Shackelford, T.K., & Liddle, J.R. (2016). A moral guide to depravity: Religiously-motivated violence and sexual selection. In T.K. Shackelford & R.D. Hansen (Eds.), The evolution of morality (pp. 197-216). New York: Springer. [pdf]


Sela, Y., Pham, M.N., & Shackelford, T.K. (2015). Do men and women perform oral sex as mate retention behavior? In T.K. Shackelford and R.D. Hansen (Eds.), The evolution of sexuality (pp. 69-79). New York: Springer. [pdf]

Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T.K. (2015). Evolution. In R. Cautin and S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The encyclopedia of clinical psychology (pp. 1-7). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. [pdf]

Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Liddle, J. R. (2015). When Religion Makes It Worse: Religiously Motivated Violence as a Sexual Selection Weapon. In J. Slone & J. Van Slyke (Eds.), The attraction of religion: A new evolutionary psychology of religion (pp. 111-131). New York: Bloomsbury Academic. [pdf]

Sela, Y., Shackelford, T.K., Pham, M.N., & Euler, H.A. (2015). Do women perform fellatio as a mate retention behavior? Personality and Individual Differences, 73, 61-66. [pdf]

Sela, Y., Shackelford, T.K., Pham, M.N., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2015). Women's Mate Retention Behaviors, Personality Traits, and Fellatio. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 187-191. [pdf]

Sela, Y., Weekes-Shackelford, V.A., Shackelford, T.K., & Pham, M.N. (2015). Female Copulatory Orgasm and Male Partner's Attractiveness to his Partner and Other WomenPersonality and Individual Differences, 79, 152-156. [pdf]


Pham, M.N., Shackelford, T.K., Holden, C.J., Zeigler-Hill, V., Sela, Y., & Jeffrey, A.J. (2014). Men’s benefit-provisioning mate retention behavior mediates the relationship between their agreeableness and their oral sex behaviors. Archives of Sexual Behaviordoi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0371-6 [pdf]

Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T.K. (2014). The myth of the myth of martyrdom. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 376-377. [pdf]


Pham, M.N., Shackelford, T.K., & Sela, Y. (2013). Women’s oral sex behaviors and risk of partner infidelity. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 446-449. [pdf]

Pham, M.N., Shackelford, T.K., Sela, Y., & Welling, L.M. (2013). Is Cunnilingus-Assisted Orgasm a Male Sperm-Retention Strategy? Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 405-414. [pdf]

Pham, M.N., Shackelford, T.K., Welling, L.L.M., Ehrkel, A.D., Sela, Y., & Goetz, A.T. (2013). Oral sex, semen displacement, and sexual arousal: Testing the ejaculate adjustment hypothesis. Evolutionary Psychology, 11, 1130-1139. [pdf]