Intercultural Institute on Human Development and Aging

William Michael Brown

Degrees: M.Sc, Ph.D.
Degree Institution: Dalhousie University 2003
Title: Postdoctoral Fellow


Having completed his doctorate in psychology at the Psychology Department, Dalhousie University, Canada in early 2003, Dr. Brown's dissertation interests, centering around evolutionary theory and social emotions, are being applied to the study of aging, ethnicity and health during a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Long Island University’s Intercultural Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Brown has been recently awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship to work within the Psychology Department at Long Island University under the supervision of Dr. Carol Magai (Brooklyn Campus).

Research Interests

  • Altruism, Emotion, Facial Expression, Social Networks, Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology, Darwinian Medicine, Genomic Imprinting, Development, Culture
  • Social support: Does kinship cooperation improve health outcomes in older populations?
  • Genomic imprinting and emotional attachment: Do paternal genes (expressed in offspring) increase emotional investment from mothers? Furthermore how do parent-of-origin effects influence the neural areas mediating emotion and emotion control (i.e. limbic and cortical systems)?
  • Ethnicity:
    What are the cross-cultural differences and similarities in evolved psychological mechanisms?
  • Life History Strategies:
    How do socio-emotional adaptations change across the lifespan?
  • Conflict and Cooperation in Romantic Relations:
    How does jealousy (despite its high costs) maintain romantic partnerships? What are the factors that increase jealous conflict (e.g. mate value)? What are the nonverbal cues to trust?


- -UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development. Honorary Postdoctoral Fellowship declined due to family illness.
2002NSERC Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship


Brown, W.M., Palameta, B. & Moore, C. (2003). Are there nonverbal cues to commitment? An exploratory study using the zero-acquaintance video presentation paradigm. Evolutionary Psychology: An International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, 42-69.
Brown, W.M., & Moore, C. (2003). Fluctuating asymmetry and romantic jealousy. Evolution and Human Behavior, 24, 113-117.
Brown, W.M. & Barkow, J.H. (in press). Evolution: Key Concepts for the Social Scientist. In J.H. Barkow (Ed.) Missing the Revolution: Darwinism for Social Scientists. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brown, W.M. (in press). Intragenomic Conflict and the Cognitive Architecture Mediating Fear. In S.P. Shohov (Ed.) The Psychology of Fear. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Brown, W.M. (2002). Development: The missing link between exaptationist and adaptationist accounts of organismal design. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Brown, W.M., & Moore, C. (2002). Smile asymmetries and reputation as reliable indicators of likelihood to cooperate: An evolutionary analysis. In S.P. Shohov (Ed.) Advances in Psychology Research, 11, 59-78. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Brown, W.M. (2001). Natural selection of mammalian brain components. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 471-473.
Brown, W.M. (2001). Genomic imprinting and the cognitive architecture mediating human culture. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 251-258.
Brown, W.M. (2001). Genomic imprinting and culture in mammals. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 328-329.
Brown, W.M., & Moore, C. (2000). Is prospective altruist-detection an evolved solution to the adaptive problem of subtle cheating in cooperative ventures? Supportive evidence using the Wason selection task. Evolution and Human Behavior, 25-37.
Adamo, S.A., Brown, W.M., King, A.P., Mather, D.L., Mather, J. A., Shoemaker, K.L. & Wood, J.B. (2000). Agonistic and reproductive behaviours of the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis in a semi-natural environment. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 66, 417-419.
Palameta, B., & Brown, W.M. (1999). Human cooperation is more than by-product mutualism. Animal Behaviour, 57, F1-F3.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, The American Psychological Association
  • Member, The Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Member, The Animal Behaviour Society
  • Member, The Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Editorships/Review Duties

  • Ad-hoc co-reviewer for, Psychology & Aging
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for, Evolution & Human Behavior

Contact details

William Michael Brown, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Dept., Long Island University (Brooklyn)
Intercultural Institute on Human Development and Aging
191 Willoughby St, Suite 1A
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ph: (718) 246-6475