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.

Fink, B., Wübker, M., Ostner, J., Butovskaya, M. L., Mezentseva, A., Muñoz-Reyes, J. A., Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T. K. (in press). Cross-cultural investigation of male gait perception in relation to physical strength and speed. Frontiers in Psychology.


Atari, M., Barbaro, N., Sela, Y., Shackelford, T. K., & Chegeni, R. (2017). Consideration of cosmetic surgery as part of women's Benefit-Provisioning mate retention strategy. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01389 [pdf]

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]

Lopes, G. S., Sela, Y., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Endorsement of existence values predicts mate retention behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 184-186. [pdf]

Sela, Y., & Barbaro, N. (2017). Selected to kill in his name: Evolutionary perspectives on religiously-motivated violence. In J. Liddle, and T.K. Shackelford, The Oxford handbook of evolutionary perspectives on religion. Oxford University Press, USA. [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. (2017). Development and initial psychometric assessment of the Childhood Religious Experiences with a Primary Caregiver Inventory. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 5-9. [pdf]

Tratner, A. E., Sela, Y., Lopes, G. S., Ehrke, A., & Weekes-Shackelford, V. A., & Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Individual Differences in Childhood Religious Experiences with Peers. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 73-77. [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]