Randolph M. Nesse

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Randolph M. Nesse (born 1948) is an American physician, scientist and author who is notable for his role as a founder of the field of evolutionary medicine. He is professor of life sciences and ASU Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, where he became the Founding Director of the Center for Evolution and Medicine in 2014. He was previously a professor of psychiatry, professor of psychology and research professor at the University of Michigan where he led the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program and helped to establish one of the world’s first anxiety disorders clinics and conducted research on neuroendocrine responses to fear.

His research on the evolution of aging led to a long collaboration with the evolutionary biologist George C. Williams. Their co-authored book, Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, inspired fast growth of the field of evolutionary medicine. His subsequent research has focused on how natural selection shapes mechanisms that regulate pain, fever, anxiety low mood, and why emotional disorders are so common. He also has written extensively about the evolutionary origins of moral emotions, and strategies for establishing evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine. Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry applies the principles of evolutionary medicine to mental disorders.

He was the initial organizer and second president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and is currently the president of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences, and an elected Fellow of the AAAS.

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  • "Randolph Nesse". Research Center for Group Dynamics – Primary Research Staff. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
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  • "Depression Debunking", by MICHAEL M. GINDI, New York Times, February 8, 2000
  • "Viewing Depression As Tool for Survival", By ERICA GOODE, New York Times, February 1, 2000
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  • https://sols.asu.edu/people/randolph-m-nesse
  • http://evmed.asu.edu/
  • Marks, I. M., & Nesse, R. M. (1994). Fear and fitness: An evolutionary analysis of anxiety disorders. Ethology and Sociobiology, 15(5–6), 247–261.

Nesse, R. M., Bhatnagar, S., & Ellis, B. (2016). Evolutionary origins and functions of the stress response system. Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior: Handbook of Stress Series, 1, 95–101. Retrieved from *https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6048/41ef91b63ad62a7bb05110e971c65caaea9b.pdf

  • Nesse, Randolph M. (1990). Evolutionary explanations of emotions. Human Nature, 1(3), 261–289.
  • Nesse, Randolph M. (2000). Is depression an adaptation? Archives of General Psychiatry, 57(1), 14–20. Retrieved from http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/481547
  • Nesse, Randolph M (Ed.). (2001). Evolution and the capacity for commitment. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Nesse, Randolph M. (2004). Natural selection and the elusiveness of happiness. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 359(1449), 1333–1347. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=15347525
  • Nesse, Randolph M. (2005). Natural Selection and the Regulation of Defenses: A Signal Detection Analysis of the Smoke Detector Principle. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26, 88–105.
  • Nesse, Randolph M. (2013). Tinbergen’s four questions, organized: a response to Bateson and Laland. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(12), 681–682.
  • Nesse, Randolph M, & Berridge, K. . C. (1997). Psychoactive drug use in evolutionary perspective. Science, 278, 63–66.
  • Nesse, Randolph M, & Dawkins, R. (2010). Evolution: Medicine’s most basic science. In D. A. Warrell, T. M. Cox, J. D. Firth, & E. J. J. Benz (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 5th edition (pp. 12–15). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nesse, Randolph M., Finch, C. E., & Nunn, C. L. (2017). Does selection for short sleep duration explain human vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2017(1), 39–46. https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eow035
  • Nesse, Randolph M., & Stearns, S. C. (2008). The great opportunity: Evolutionary applications to medicine and public health: Evolutionary applications to medicine and public health. Evolutionary Applications, 1(1), 28–48. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-4571.2007.00006.x
  • Williams, G. C., & Nesse, R. M. (1991). The dawn of Darwinian medicine. Quarterly Review of Biology, 1–22. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/2830330

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