Karthik Panchanathan

Curriculum vitae

Department of Anthropology

University of Missouri

112 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


Evolution of Learning and Development

Sensitive periods, but not critical periods, evolve in a fluctuating environment: a model of incremental development

Nicole Walasek, Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2022

An evolutionary model of sensitive periods when the reliability of cues varies across ontogeny

Nicole Walasek, Willem Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan

Behavioural Ecology, vol. 33, 2021, pp. 101-114

Enriching behavioral ecology with reinforcement learning methods

W. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, Andrew Barto

Behavioural Processes, vol. 161, 2019, pp. 94-100

The evolution of sensitive periods in a model of incremental development

Karthik Panchanathan, Willem E. Frankenhuis

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 283, 2016, p. 20152439

A mathematical model of the evolution of individual differences in developmental plasticity arising through parental bet-hedging

W. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, Jay Belsky

Developmental science, vol. 19, 2016, pp. 251-274

Cognition in harsh and unpredictable environments

Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, Daniel Nettle

Current Opinion in Psychology, vol. 7, 2016, pp. 76-80

Bridging developmental systems theory and evolutionary psychology using dynamic optimization

Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, H. Clark Barrett

Developmental Science, vol. 16, 2013, pp. 584-598

Individual Differences in Developmental Plasticity May Result From Stochastic Sampling

Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan

Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol. 6, 2011, pp. 336-347

Balancing sampling and specialization: an adaptationist model of incremental development

Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 278, 2011, pp. 3558-3565

Development: Evolutionary ecology's midwife

Karthik Panchanathan, W. Frankenhuis, H. Barrett

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2010

Cooperation and Social Evolution

Cultural Evolution

Karthik Panchanathan

Jeremy Koster, Brooke Scelza, Mary Shenk, Human Behavioral Ecology, Human Behavioral Ecology, Cambridge University Press

The Many Faces of Behavioral Evolution

Karthik Panchanathan, William Baum

Behavioural Processes, vol. 161, 2019, pp. 1-2

Evolutionary Behavioral Economics

Terence Burnham, Stephen Lea, Adrian Bell, Herbert Gintis, Paul Glimcher, Robert Kurzban, Leonhard Lades, Kevin McCabe, Karthik Panchanathan, Miriam Teschl, Ulrich Witt

David Sloan Wilson, Alan Kirman, Complexity and Evolution: Toward a New Synthesis for Economics, MIT Press, 2016, pp. 113-144

Explaining group-level traits requires distinguishing process from product

Karthik Panchanathan, Sarah Mathew, Charles Perreault

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2014

Game Theory

Karthik Panchanathan

Jon McGee, Richard Warms, Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, 2013

The bystander effect in an N-person dictator game

Karthik Panchanathan, Willem E. Frankenhuis, Joan Silk

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, vol. 120, 2013, pp. 285-297

The Evolution of Giving, Sharing, and Lotteries

Daniel Nettle, Karthik Panchanathan, Tage Rai, Alan Page Fiske

Current Anthropology, vol. 52, 2011, pp. 747-756

Second-order free-riding problem solved?

Karthik Panchanathan, Robert Boyd

Nature, vol. 437, 2005, pp. E8-E9

Indirect reciprocity can stabilize cooperation without the second-order free rider problem

Karthik Panchanathan, Robert Boyd

Nature, vol. 437, 2004, pp. 499-502

A tale of two defectors: The importance of standing in the evolution of indirect reciprocity

Karthik Panchanathan, Robert Boyd

Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 224, 2003, pp. 115-126


Biology, society, or choice: How do non-experts interpret explanations of behaviour?

Daniel Nettle, Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan

Open Mind

Strategic ambiguity in the social sciences

Willem Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, Paul Smaldino

Social Psychological Bulletin

Honest signaling in academic publishing

Leonid Tiokhin, Karthik Panchanathan, Daniel Lakens, Simine Vazire, Thomas Morgan, Kevin Zollman

PloS one, vol. 16, 2021, pp. e0246675

Shifting the level of selection in science

L. Tiokhin, D. Lakens, P. Smaldino, Karthik Panchanathan



White-faced capuchin monkeys use both rank and relationship quality to recruit allies

Kotrina Kajokaite, Andrew Whalen, Karthik Panchanathan, Susan Perry

Animal Behaviour, vol. 154, 2019, pp. 161-169

Integration involves a trade-off between fertility and status for World War II evacuees

Robert Lynch, Virpi Lummaa, Karthik Panchanathan, Kevin Middleton, Anna Rotkirch, Mirkka Danielsbacka, David O'Brien, John Loehr

Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 3, 2019, pp. 337-345


Guest Blog Posts

Why indirect contributions matter for science and scientists

Leonid Tiokhin, Karthik Panchanathan, Paul Smaldino, Daniel Lakens

Leonid Tiokhin's Blog, 2021 May

Strategic ambiguity or unknown unknowns?

Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, Paul Smaldino

Science Hamster, PhD, 2021 Apr

Book Reviews

Culture, conflict, and the birth of a cooperative species

Karthik Panchanathan

Journal of Bioeconomics, vol. 18, 2016, pp. 229-232

George Price, the Price equation, and cultural group selection

Karthik Panchanathan

Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 32, 2011, pp. 368-371

Are readers of Evolution and Human Behavior interesting people?

Karthik Panchanathan, Andreas Wilke

Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 28, 2007, pp. 448-450

Popular Writing

Buffy the Vampire Dater

Siamak T. Naficy, Karthik Panchanathan

Joy Davidson, The Psychology of Joss Whedon: An Unauthorized Exploration of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly, BenBella Books, 2007, pp. 141-153


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