Coach Jeremy Pollack is a researcher in the field of evolutionary psychology, collaborating with researchers at UC Merced and UCLA at the Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture. His research interests include motivation processes, performance, religious cognition, aggression, warfare, formidability and threat assessment, and human cooperation and conflict. He is particularly interested in 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.

Selected Publications

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.,* Holbrook, C.,* Fessler, D.M.T., Sparks, A. M., & Zerbe, J.G. (in press). May God guide our guns: Visualized supernatural aid heightens team confidence in a paintball battle simulation. Human Nature.
(“*”equal authorship.)

Holbrook, C.,* Pollack, J.,* Zerbe, J.G., & Hahn-Holbrook, J. (in press). Perceived supernatural support enhances battle confidence: A knife combat field study. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
(“*”equal authorship.)

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.

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