• Ellis, B. J., Abrams, L. S., Masten, A. S., Tottenham, N., Sternberg, R. J., & Frankenhuis,
    W. E. (2023). The hidden talents framework: Implications for science, policy, and practice (Cambridge Elements in Applied Evolutionary Science). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Grunewald, E., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2007). Edited Volume. Researching the self: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Newcastle (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


  • DeJoseph, M., Ellwood-Lowe, M., Miller-Cotto, D., Rakesh, D., Reyes, G., Adams Shannon, K., Silverman, D., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2024). The promise and pitfalls of a strengths-based approach to child poverty and neurocognitive development: Implications for policy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 66, 101375.
  • Kübel, S., Deitzer, J., Frankenhuis, W. E., Ribeaud, D., Eisner, M. P., & van Gelder, J-L.
    (2024). Beyond the situation: Hanging out with peers now is associated with short-term mindsets later. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Advance online.
  • Muskens, M., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Borghans, L. (2024). Content bias in math testing: Items about money, food, and social interaction disadvantage students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. npj Science of Learning, 9, 19.
  • Vermeent, S., Young, E. S., DeJoseph, M. L., Schubert, A-L., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2024). Cognitive deficits and enhancements in youth from adverse conditions: An integrative assessment using Drift Diffusion Modeling in the ABCD study. Developmental Science, e13478.
  • Walasek, N., Young, E. S., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (in press). A framework for studying environmental statistics in developmental science. Psychological Methods.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Borsboom, D., Nettle, D., & Roisman, G. I. (2023). Formalizing theories of child development: Introduction to the special section. Child Development, 94, 1425-1431.
  • Nettle, D., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Panchanathan, K. (2023). Biology, society, or choice: How do non-experts interpret scientific explanations of behaviour?. Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science7, 625–651.
  • *Frankenhuis, W. E., & *Gopnik, A. (2023). Early adversity and the development of explore-exploit tradeoffs. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 27, 616-630. *Equal contributions.
  • Kübel, S., Deitzer, J., Frankenhuis, W. E., Ribeaud, D., Eisner, M. P., & van Gelder, J-L. (2023). The shortsighted victim: Testing a novel hypothesis on the link between victimization and offending. Journal of Criminal Justice86, 102062.
  • Weinberg, D., Stevens, G. W. J. M., Frankenhuis, W. E., Peeters, M., Visser, K., & Finkenauer, C. (2023). The role of social cognitions in the social gradient in adolescent mental health: A longitudinal mediation model. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication.
  • Brener, S. A., Frankenhuis, W. E., Young, E. S., & Ellis, B. J. (2023). Social class, sex, and the ability to recognize emotions: The main effect is in the interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Advance online publication.
  • de Courson, B., Frankenhuis W. E., Nettle D., & van Gelder, J.-L. (2023). Why is violence high and enduring in deprived neighbourhoods? A formal model. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 290, 20222095. With commentary by Pat Barclay and Sandeep Mishra.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Panchanathan, K., & Smaldino, P. E. (2023). Strategic ambiguity in the social sciences. Social Psychological Bulletin, 18, e9923.


  • Fenneman, J., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Todd, P. M. (2022). In which environments is impulsive behavior adaptive? A cross-discipline review and integration of formal models. Psychological Bulletin148, 555–587.
  • Bolhuis, E., Belsky, J., Frankenhuis, W. E., Shalev, I., Hastings, W. J., Tollenaar, M. S.,
    O’Donnell, K. J., McGill, M. G., Pokhvisneva, I., Meaney, M. J., Lin., D. T. S., MacIsaac, J. L.,
    Kobor, M. S., de Weerth, C., & Beijers, R. (2022). Attachment insecurity and the biological embedding of reproductive strategies: Investigating the role of cellular aging. Biological Psychology, 175, 108446.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Weijman, E. L., de Vries, S. A., van Zanten, M., & Borghuis, J.
    (2022). Exposure to violence is not associated with accuracy in forecasting conflict
    outcomes. Collabra: Psychology, 8, 38604.
  • Young, E. S., Frankenhuis, W. E., DelPriore, D. J., Ellis, B. J. (2022). Hidden talents in context: Cognitive performance with abstract versus ecological stimuli among adversity-exposed youth. Child Development93, 1493–1510.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Amir, D. (2022). What is the expected human childhood? Insights from evolutionary anthropology. Development and Psychopathology, 34, 473–497.
  • Walasek, N., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Panchanathan, K. (2022). An evolutionary model of sensitive periods when the reliability of cues varies across ontogeny. Behavioral Ecology, 33, 101–114. Prof. Dylan Gee spotlighted this paper for Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
  • Walasek, N., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Panchanathan, K. (2022). Sensitive periods, but not critical periods, evolve in a fluctuating environment: A model of incremental development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B289, 20212623.
  • Ellis, B. J., Abrams, L. S., Masten, A. S., Tottenham, N., Sternberg, R. J., & Frankenhuis,
    W. E. (2022). Hidden talents in harsh environments. Development and Psychopathology34, 95–113.


  • Hartley, C. A., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2020). Editorial overview: Sensitive and critical periods [introduction to special issue]. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 36, iii-v.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Nettle, D. (2020). Integration of plasticity research across disciplines. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 36, 157-162.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Nettle, D. (2020). Current debates in human life history research [introduction to special issue]. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41, 469-473.
  • Young, E. S., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Ellis, B. J. (2020). Theory and measurement of environmental unpredictability. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41, 550-556.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Young, E. S., & Ellis, B. J. (2020). The hidden talents approach:
    Theoretical and methodological challenges. Trends in Cognitive Sciences24, 569-581.
  • Fenneman, J., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2020). Is impulsive behavior adaptive in harsh and unpredictable environments? A formal model. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41, 261–273.
  • Gopnik, A., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Tomasello, M. (2020). Introduction to special issue: ‘Life history and learning: How childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190489.
  • Nettle, D., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2020). Life history theory in psychology and evolutionary biology: One research programme or two? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 375, 20190490.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Nettle, D. (2020). The strengths of people in poverty. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29, 16-21.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Walasek, N. (2020). Modeling the evolution of sensitive periods. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 41, 100715.
  • Aczel, B., et al. (2020). A consensus-based transparency checklist for social and behavioral researchers. Nature Human Behaviour, 4, 4-6.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., de Vries, S. A., Bianchi, J., & Ellis, B. J. (2020). Hidden talents in harsh conditions? A preregistered study of memory and reasoning about social dominance. Developmental Science, 23, e12835. Open Data. Video abstract.


  • Muskens, M., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Borghans, L. (2019). Low-income students in higher education: Undermatching predicts decreased satisfaction towards the final stage in college. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 1296–1310.
  •  Frankenhuis, W. E. (2019). Modeling the evolution and development of emotions. Developmental Psychology, 55, 2002-2005. [commentary on special issue]
  • Nettle, D., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2019). The evolution of life history theory: A bibliometric analysis of an interdisciplinary research area. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286, 20190040.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Nettle, D., & Dall, S. R. X. (2019). A case for environmental statistics for early life effects. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B374, 20180110.
  • *Frankenhuis, W. E., *Panchanathan, K., & *Barto, A. (2019). Enriching behavioural ecology with reinforcement learning methods. Behavioural Processes161, 94-100. *Equal contributions.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Nettle, D., & McNamara, J. M. (2018). Echoes of early life: Recent insights from mathematical modeling. Child Development89, 1504–1518.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Nettle, D. (2018). Open science is liberating and can foster creativity. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 439– 447. 
  • *Frankenhuis, W. E., & *Bijlstra, G. (2018). Does exposure to hostile environments
    predict enhanced emotion detection? Collabra: Psychology4, 18. *Equal contributions. Open Data.
  • *Frankenhuis, W. E., & *Tiokhin, L. (2018). Bridging evolutionary biology and developmental psychology: Toward an enduring theoretical infrastructure. Child Development, 89, 2303–2306. *Equal contributions. [commentary on Bjorklund, 2018]
  • Mathot, K. J., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2018). Models of pace-of-life syndromes (POLS): A systematic review. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 72, 41.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Roelofs, M. F. A., & de Vries, S. A. (2018). Does exposure to psychosocial adversity enhance deception detection ability? Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences12, 218-229. Open Data.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & de Weerth, C. (2018). Developmental plasticity. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development (pp. 587-588). SAGE Publications, Inc.


  • Wouda, J., Bijlstra, G., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2017). The collaborative roots of corruption? A replication of Weisel & Shalvi (2015). Collabra: Psychology3, 27. Open Data.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E.  & Ellis, B. J. (2017). Toward a balanced view of stress-adapted cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e325. [commentary on Pepper & Nettle, 2017]
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Fraley, R. C. (2017). What do evolutionary models teach us about sensitive periods in psychological development? European Psychologist, 22, 141–150.
  • Ellis, B. J., Bianchi, J., Griskevicius, V., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2017). Beyond risk and protective factors: An adaptation-based approach to resilience. Perspectives on Psychological Science12, 561-587.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Fenneman, J., van Gelder, J-L., & Godoy, I. (2017). CLASH’s life history foundations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, e84. [commentary on Van Lange et al., 2017]


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Sheehy-Skeffington, J. (2016). Psychological responses to fluctuating environments. Current Anthropology57, 645-646. [commentary on Quinlan et al., 2016]
  • Barrett, H. C., Peterson, C. D., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2016). Mapping the cultural learnability landscape of danger. Child Development87, 770-781.  [Appendix].
  • Frankenhuis, W. E. (2016). Environmental unpredictability. In T. Shackelford and V. Weekes‐Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1-3). Springer.
  • Stamps, J., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2016). Bayesian models of development.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution31, 260-268.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Panchanathan, K., & Belsky, J. (2016). A mathematical model of the evolution of individual differences in developmental plasticity arising through parental bet-hedging. Developmental Science19, 251–274.
  • *Panchanathan, K., & *Frankenhuis, W. E. (2016). The evolution of sensitive periods in a model of incremental development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B28320152439.  [Appendix]. *Equal contributions.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Panchanathan, K., & Nettle, D. (2016). Cognition in harsh and unpredictable environments. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 76-80.


  • Fawcett, T. W., & Frankenhuis, W. E. (2015). Adaptive explanations for sensitive windows in development. Frontiers in Zoology, 12 (Suppl. 1): S3.


  • Tybur, J. M., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Pollet, T. V. (2014). Behavioral immune system methods: Surveying the past to shape the future. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences8, 274–283.
  • Pollet, T. V., Tybur, J. M., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Rickard, I. J. (2014). What can cross-cultural correlations teach us about human nature? Human Nature25, 410–429.
  • Nettle, D., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Rickard, I. J. (2014). The evolution of predictive adaptive responses in humans: Response. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20132822. [reply to commentary by Marco Del Giudice on Nettle et al., 2013]
  • Rickard, I. J., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Nettle, D. (2014). Why are childhood family factors associated with timing of maturation? A role for internal state. Perspectives on Psychological Science9, 3-15. With commentary by Jay Belsky.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & de Weerth, C. (2013). Does early-life exposure to stress shape or impair cognition? Current Directions in Psychological Science22, 407-412.
  • Kievit, R. A., Frankenhuis, W. E., Waldorp, L. J., & Borsboom, D. (2013). Simpson’s Paradox in psychological science: A practical guide. Frontiers in Psychology4, 513.
  • Nettle, D., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Rickard, I. J. (2013). The evolution of Predictive Adaptive Responses in human life history. Proceedings of the Royal Society B280, 20131343.  [Supplement]
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Panchanathan, K., & Barrett, H. C. (2013). Bridging developmental systems theory and evolutionary psychology using dynamic optimization. Developmental Science16, 584-598. Video abstract.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Gergely, G., & Watson, J. S. (2013). Infants may use contingency analysis to estimate environmental states: An evolutionary, life-history perspective. Child Development Perspectives7, 115-120.
  • Panchanathan, K., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Silk, J. B. (2013). The bystander effect in an N-player dictator game. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120, 285-297. [Supplement]. [News]
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., House, B., Barrett, H. C., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Infants’ perception of chasing. Cognition126, 224-233. [Videos]
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Barrett, H. C. (2013). Design for learning: The case of chasing. In M. D. Rutherford, & V. A. Kuhlmeier (Eds.), Social Perception: Detection and Interpretation of Animacy, Agency, and Intention (pp. 171-195). MIT Press.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Barrett, H. C., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Developmental origins of biological motion perception. In K. L. Johnson, & M. Shiffrar (Eds.), People watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception (pp. 121-138). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Del Giudice, M. (2012). When do adaptive developmental mechanisms yield maladaptive outcomes? Developmental Psychology48, 628-642. With commentary by Peter Gluckman and Alan Beedle.
  • Nettle, D., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Rickard, I. J. (2012). The adaptive basis of psychosocial acceleration theory. Developmental Psychology48, 718-721.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Karremans, J. C. (2012). Uncommitted men match their risk taking to female preferences, while committed men do the opposite. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology48, 428-431.


  • *Frankenhuis, W. E., & *Panchanathan, K. (2011). Balancing sampling and specialization: An adaptationist model of incremental development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B278, 3558-3565. [Appendix 123]. *Equal contributions. Selected by Faculty of 1000 Biology — Rank: “Must Read”
  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Panchanathan, K. (2011). Individual differences in developmental plasticity may result from stochastic sampling. Perspectives on Psychological Science6, 336-347.
  • Thomsen, L., Frankenhuis, W. E., Ingold-Smith, M., & Carey, S. (2011). Big and mighty: Preverbal infants mentally represent social dominance. Science331, 477-480. [Supplement] [Videos] [News]
  • Penke, L., et al. (2011). Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research cannot be integrated the way Kanazawa (2010) suggests. American Psychologist, 66, 916-917.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., Dotsch, R., Karremans, J. C., & Wigboldus, D. H. J. (2010). Male physical risk taking in a virtual environment. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology8, 75-86. [News]
  • Karremans, J. C., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Arons, S. (2010). Blind men prefer a low waist-to-hip ratio. Evolution and Human Behavior31, 182-186. [News]
  • Frankenhuis, W. E. (2010). Did insecure attachment styles evolve for the benefit of the group? Frontiers in Psychology1, 172.
  • Panchanathan, K., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Barrett, H. C. (2010). Development: Evolutionary ecology’s midwife. Behavioral and Brain Sciences33, 105-106.


  • Haselton, M. G., Bryant, G. A., Wilke, A., Frederick, D. A., Galperin, A., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Moore, T. (2009). Adaptive rationality: An evolutionary perspective on cognitive bias. Social Cognition27, 733-763.


  • Barrett, H. C., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Wilke, A. (2008). Adaptation to moving targets: Culture/gene coevolution, not either/or.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences31, 511-512.


  • Frankenhuis, W. E., & Ploeger, A. (2007). Evolutionary psychology versus Fodor: Arguments for and against the massive modularity hypothesis. Philosophical Psychology20, 687-710.
  • Frankenhuis, W. E. (2007). What is it like to be a bird? In E. Grunewald, & W. E. Frankenhuis (Eds.), Researching the Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. ix-x). Newcastle (UK): Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


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