B Arts (Psychology), PhD
Undergraduate Program Director (Mount Gravatt Campus), School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Senior Lecturer, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr Aaron Sell's research focuses on an evolutionary-computational model of anger that he derived from evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, behavioural ecology and physical and cultural anthropology. Research interests include:
- Computational design of human anger
- Anger-based arguments
- The role of physical strength in human relationships
- Formidability assessment
- Development of aggression and cross-cultural differences in the expression of anger
Current teaching areas
- Biosocial Anthropology
- Developmental Psychology
- Human Relationships
- Psychology of Crime
- Sell, A., Cosmides L. & Tooby, J. (2014). The human anger face evolved to enhance cues of strength. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(5), 425-429.
- Sell, A., Hone, L. & N. Pound (2012). The importance of physical strength to human males. Human Nature, 23, 30-44.
- Sell, A. (2011). The recalibrational theory and violent anger. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16, 381-389.
- Sell, A., Bryant, G., Cosmides, L.,Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C., Krauss, A. and M. Gurven. (2010). Adaptations in humans for assessing physical strength and fighting ability from the voice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in press.
- Sell, A., Tooby, J., and Cosmides, L. (2009). Formidability and the logic of human anger. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 106(35), 15073-78.
- Sell, A., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C. and Gurven, M. (2009). Human adaptations for the visual assessment of strength and fighting ability from the body and face. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 276, 575-584.