Coach Jeremy Pollack is an evolutionary anthropologist, collaborating with researchers at CSU Fullerton and UCLA at the Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture. His research interests include the evolution of life story cognition, religious cognition, aggression, warfare, formidability and threat assessment, and human cooperation and conflict. He is particularly interested in the psychological evolution of narrative life story: human universals in cognition as they relate to the development of both personal and cultural narratives, and how varying levels of investment in and adherence to these narratives influence cooperation and conflict within and between groups.


Holbrook, C., Fessler, D.M.T., and Pollack, J.S. (2016) With God on our side: Religious primes reduce the envisioned physical formidability of a menacing adversary. Cognition.

Pollack, J.S. (2015). Angles of Our Nature: Archeological Remains Point to the Earliest Conceptions of Supernatural Agents.

Pollack, J.S. (2015). The Mind Prays Tricks on Us: Religion as a Four-Dimensional Psycho-social Heuristic.

Pollack, J.S. (2015). Not Only the Strong Survive: Positive Illusions & Supernatural Agency Skew Formidability Assessment.

Fessler, D. M., Holbrook, C., Pollack, J. S., & Hahn-Holbrook, J. (2013). Stranger danger: Parenthood increases the envisioned bodily formidability of menacing men. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Pollack, J.S. (2013). Origins of the Bible Belt: An evolutionary model of ethnocentrism as a result of pathogen salience.