Nesse RM:  Psychology and the teaching of English composition.  Minnesota English Journal, Spring, 1969.

Curtis GC, Nesse RM, Buxton M, Wright J, Lippman D:  Flooding in vivo as research tool and treatment methods for phobias:  A preliminary report.  Comparative Psychiatry, 17:153-160, 1976.

Curtis GC, Buxton M, Lippman D,  Nesse RM, Wright J:  "Flooding in vivo" during the circadian phase of minimal cortisol secretion:  Anxiety and therapeutic success without adrenal cortical activation.  Biological Psychiatry, 11:101-107, 1976.

Nesse RM, Carroll BJ;  Cholinergic side-effects associated with deanol, (letter).  Lancet,  11:50-51, 1976.

Curtis GC, Nesse RM, Buxton M, Lippman D: Anxiety and plasma cortisol at the crest of the circadian cycle:  Reappraisal of a classical hypothesis.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 40:368-378, 1978.

Curtis GC,  Nesse RM, Buxton M, Lippman D: Plasma Growth hormone:  Effect of anxiety during flooding in vivo.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 136:410-414, 1979.

Nesse RM, Curtis GC, Brown GM, Rubin RT:  Anxiety induced by flooding therapy for phobias does not elicit prolactin secretory response.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 42:25-31, 1980.

Nesse RM, Carli T, Curtis GC, Kleinman PD:  Pretreatment nausea in cancer chemotherapy:  A conditioned response?  Psychosomatic Medicine., 42:33-36, 1980.

Nesse RM, Curtis GC, Brown GM:  Phobic anxiety does not affect plasma levels of thyroid stimulating hormone in man.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 7:69-74, 1982.

Curtis GC, Cameron OG, Nesse RM:  The dexamethasone suppression test in panic disorder and agoraphobia.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 139:1043-1046, 1982.

Nesse RM,  Carli T, Curtis GC, Kleinman PD:  Pseudohallucinations in cancer chemotherapy patients.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 140:483-485, 1983.

Nesse RM, Cameron OG, Curtis GC, McCann DS, Huber-Smith MS:  Adrenergic function in patients with panic anxiety.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 41:771-776, 1984.

Nesse RM:  The evolution of senescence (letter). The New England Journal of Medicine, 310:660, 1984.

Tomlin P, Thyer BA, Curtis GC, Nesse RM, Cameron OC, Wright P:  Standardization of the fear survey schedule based upon patients with DSM-III anxiety disorders.  Journal of Behavioral Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 15:123-126, 1984.

Nesse RM:  An evolutionary perspective on psychiatry.  Comparative Psychiatry  25:575-580, 1984.  

Cameron OC, Smith CB, Hollingsworth PJ, Nesse RM, Curtis GC:  Platelet alpha-2 adrenergic receptor binding and plasma catecholamines before and during imipramine treatment in patients with panic anxiety.  Archives of General Psychiatry  41:1144-1148, 1985.

Nesse RM, Curtis GC, Thyer BA, McCann D, Huber-Smith, MJ:  Endocrine and cardiovascular responses during phobic anxiety.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 47:320-332, 1985.

Thyer BA, Nesse RM, Cameron OG, Curtis GC:  Agoraphobia:  A test of the separation anxiety hypothesis.  Behavioral Research Therapy, 23:75-78, 1985.

Starkman MN, Zelnik T,  Nesse RM, Cameron OC: Anxiety in patients with pheochromocytoma.  Archives of Internal Medicine, 145:248-252, 1985.

Thyer BA, Parrish RT, Curtis GC, Nesse RM, Cameron OG:  Ages of onset of DSM-III anxiety disorders.  Comparative Psychiatry, 26:113-122, 1985.

Nesse RM, Cameron OG, Buda AJ, McCann DS, Curtis GC, Huber-Smith M:  Urinary catecholamines and mitral valve prolapse in panic anxiety patients.  Psychiatry Research, 14:67-74, 1985.

Rainey JR, Nesse RM:  Psychobiology of anxiety and anxiety disorders.  In Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Vol 8, pp. 133-144, 1985.  Curtis GC, Thyer BA, Rainey J (eds); Saunders, Philadelphia.

Thyer BA, Himle J, Curtis GC, Cameron OG, Nesse RM:  A comparison of panic disorder and agoraphobia with panic attacks.  Comparative Psychiatry, 26:208-214, 1985.

Thyer BA, Tonlin P, Curtis GC, Cameron OG, Nesse RM:  Diagnostic and gender differences in the expressed fears of anxious patients.  Journal of Behavioral Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 16:111-115, 1985.

Thyer BA, Parrish RT, Himle J, Cameron OG, Curtis GC, Nesse RM:  Alcohol abuse among clinically anxious patients.  Behavioral Research Therapy,  24 :357-359, l986.

Nesse RM:  An evolutionary perspective on panic disorder and agoraphobia.  Ethology and Sociobiology  8: 73S-83S, l987.

Huber-Smith MJ, Nesse RM, Maxhan M, McCann D:  Evaluation of plasma 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG).  Journal of Chromatography,  377:91-99, 1986.

Thyer BA, Nesse RM, Curtis GC, Cameron OG:  Panic disorder: a test of the separation anxiety hypothesis.  Behavioral Research Therapy , 24(2):209-211, 1986.

Cameron OG, Thyer BA, Fechner S, Curtis GC, Nesse RM:  Behavior therapy of phobias: Predictors of outcome, (letter)  Psychiatry Research 19:  245-246, l986.

Cameron OG, Thyer BA, Nesse RM, Curtis GC:  Symptom profiles of DSM-III anxiety disorders.  American Journal of Psychiatry,  143(9)L  1132-1137, l986.

Nesse RM, Curtis GC, Cameron, OG, Lee M: How antipanic drugs might work. (letter) American Journal of Psychiatry, 143:945, l986.

Nesse RM:  An evolutionary perspective on senescence.  Philosophy and Medicine,  26:45-64, Ethical Dimensions of Geriatric Care, Spicker SF, Ingman SR, Lawson IR (eds), D. Ridel, l987.

Nesse RM:  Life table tests of evolutionary theories of senescence, Experimental Gerontology  23: 445-453, 1988.

Cameron OG, Nesse RM:  Systemic hormonal and physiological abnormalities in anxiety disorders:  A review.  Psychoneuroendocrinology,  13:287-307, 1988.

Nesse RM:  Panic disorder:  An evolutionary view.  Psychiatric Annals, 18:8: 478-483, 1988.

Modell JG, Himle J, Nesse RM, Mountz JM, Schmaltz S:  Sequential trials of fluoxetine, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 3:287-293, 1989.

Low BS, Nesse RM:  Summary of the Evolution and Human Behavior Conferences:  Ann Arbor, Michigan, April and October 1988.  Ethology and Sociobiology, 10:457-465, 1989.

Nesse RM, Silverman A, Bortz A:  Sex differences in ability to recognize family resemblance.  Ethology and Sociobiology, 11:  11-21, 1990.

Starkman MN, Cameron OG, Nesse RM, Zelnik T:  Peripheral catecholamine levels and the symptoms of anxiety:  studies in patients with and without pheochromocytoma. Psychosomatic Medicine, 52: 129-142, 1990.

Nesse RM:  Evolutionary explanations of emotions.  Human Nature, 1:  261-289, 1990.

Abelson, JA, Nesse RM, Vinik, A:  Treatment of panic-like attacks with a long-acting analogue of somatostatin.  Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 10: 128-132, 1990.

Abelson, JL, Nesse RM:  Cholecystokinin-4 and panic, (letter).  Archives of General Psychiatry 47(4):  395, 1990.

Nesse RM:  The evolutionary function of repression and the ego defenses. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis 18:260-286, 1990.

Williams GW,  Nesse RM:  The dawn of Darwinian medicine.  The Quarterly Review of Biology, 66:1-22, 1991.

Nesse RM:  Human nature and the Holy Grail (commentary).  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 14 (2), 312-313, 1991.

Nesse RM:  What is mood for?  Psycholoquy  2: Issue 9.2, November 24, 1991.

Replies to commentaries:

Nesse RM: Mood as a communication medium.  Psycholoquy  3:2, 1992.

Nesse RM: Social functions of mood: Reply to Sloman.  Psycholoquy  3:4, 1992

Nesse RM: Over-valuation of the emotion-mood distinction:.  Psycholoquy 3:6, 1992

Nesse RM:  Under-valuation of the emotion-mood distinction.   Psycholoquy  3: 12, 1992.

Nesse RM:  Ethology to the rescue: Reply to Plutchik.  Psycholoquy  3:12, 1992

Krone KP, Himle JA, Nesse RM: A standardized behavioral group treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder: preliminary outcomes.  Behavior Research and Therapy, 29:627-631, 1991.

Nesse RM:  What good is feeling bad?  The evolutionary utility of psychic pain.  The Sciences, 30-37, Nov./Dec. 1991. 

Abelson JA, Nesse RM, Vinik A:  Stimulation of corticotrophin release by pentagastrin in normal subjects and patients with panic disorder.  Biological Psychiatry, 1991; 29:1220-1223.

Kloss RJ, Nesse RM: Trisomy:  Chromosome competition or maternal strategy?  Increase of trisomy incidence with increasing maternal age does not result from competition between chromosomes.  Ethology and Sociobiology 13:283-287, 1992.

McGuire MT, Marks I, Nesse RM, Troisi A:  Evolutionary biology:  A basic science for psychiatry.  Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica  86:89-96, 1992.

Nesse RM, Klaas, R: Risk perception by patients with anxiety disorder.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 182:465-470, 1994. 

Nesse RM:  An evolutionary perspective on substance abuse.  Ethology and Sociobiology 15:339-348, 1994.

Marks IM, Nesse RM: Fear and fitness: An evolutionary analysis of anxiety disorders.  Ethology and Sociobiology  15:247-261, 1994.

Nesse RM:  Why is group selection such a problem?  Behavior and Brain Science, 17 (4) 633-634, 1994. 

Nesse RM: Computer emotions and mental software.  Social Neuroscience Bulletin  7(2): 36-37, 1994.

Abelson JL, Nesse RM: Pentagastric infusions in patients with panic disorder I.  Symptoms and cardiovascular responses.  Biological Psychiatry 36: 73-83, 1994.

Abelson JL, Nesse RM, Vinik, I, Aaron I: Pentagastric infusions in patients with panic disorder II.  Neuroendocrinology.  Biological Psychiatry 36: 84-96, 1994.

Abelson JL, Curtis GC, Nesse RN, Fantone R, Pyke RE, Bammert Adams J: The effects of central cholecystokinin receptor blockade on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and symptomatic responses to overnight withdrawal from alprazolam.  Biological Psychiatry , 37:56-59, 1995.

Schweitzer PB, Nesse RM, Fantone RF, Curtis GC: Outcomes of group cognitive behavioral training in the treatment of panic disorder and agoraphobia.  Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1:83-91, 1995.

Nesse RM, Abelson JL:  Natural selection and fear regulation mechanisms.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 18(2):309-310, 1995.

Nesse RM, Williams GC: Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, Times Books, New York,  1995.  Also published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London as Evolution and Healing: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine.  Translations completed or underway to German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish.    Das bild wissenschaft “Book of the Year-1997”

Cameron OG, Smith CB, Nesse RM, Hill EM, Hollingsworth PJ, Abelson JA, Hariharan M, Curtis, GC:  Platelet Alpha2-Adrenoreceptors, Catecholamines, Hemodynamic Variables, and Anxiety in Panic Patients and Their Asymptomatic Relatives.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 58:289-301, 1996.

Abelson JL, Nesse RM, Weg, JG, Curtis GC:  Respiratory Psychophysiology and Anxiety:  Cognitive Intervention in the Doxapram Model of Panic.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 58:302-313, 1996.

Abelson JL, Weg JG, Nesse RN, Curtis, GC:  Neuroendocrine responses to laboratory panic:  Cognitive intervention in the doxapram model.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 21(4):375-90, 1996.


Nesse RM, Berridge K   Psychoactive drug use in evolutionary perspective.  Science, 277: 63-65, 1997. 

Nesse RM and GC Williams. Evolutionary biology in the medical curriculum: What every physician should know. Bioscience 47: 664-666, 1997.

Young EA, Abelson JL, Curtis GC, Nesse RM  Childhood adversity and vulnerability to mood and anxiety disorders.  Depression 5: 66-72, 1997.

Albucher, RC,  Abelson JL, and RM Nesse. Defense mechanism changes in successfully treated patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 1998. 155(4): p. 558-9, 1998.

Nesse RM (In press). What Darwinian medicine offers psychiatry. Evolutionary Medicine, W. R. Trevathan, J. J. McKenna and E. O. Smith. New York, Oxford University Press.

Young, EA, Nesse RM, Weder, A, & Julius, S Anxiety and cardiovascular reactivity in the Tecumseh population. Journal of Hypertension, 16(1727-1733), 1998.

Nesse RM Emotional Disorders in Evolutionary Perspective.  British Journal of Medical Psychology 71:397-415, 1998.


Nesse RM, & Williams, GC Evolution and the Origins of Disease. Scientific American, November, 86-93, 1998.


Nesse RM Research designs that address evolutionary questions about medical disorders. pp. 16-26 in  Evolutionary Medicine, S. Stearns. New York, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Nesse RM   Testing evolutionary hypotheses about mental disorders. pp. 260-266 In  Evolutionary Medicine edited by S. Stearns. New York, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Himle JA, Abelson JL,  Haghightgou H, Hill EM, Nesse RM and Curtis, GC.  Effect of Alcohol on Social Phobic Anxiety.  Am J Psychiatry 156: 1237-1243, 1999.


Nesse RM Proximate and evolutionary studies of stress and depression: Synergy at the Interface  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews,23 (7): 895-903, 1999.


Nesse RM, Young, E   The evolutionary origins and functions of the stress response, The Encyclopedia of Stress, in press


Nesse RM  Is depression an adaptation?  Archives of General Psychiatry, in press


Nesse RM, Williams, GC  On Darwinian medicine.  Life Science Research 3 (1): 1-17, 1999. 


Nesse RM, The evolution of hope and despair.  Journal of Social Issues, 66 (2): 429-469.

Publications in magazines and newspapers (Selected)

Nesse RM, Williams GC: Nothing to sneeze at: allergy in evolutionary perspective.  The Sciences, pp. 34-38, Nov./Dec. 1994.

Nesse RM: Is there a Doctor in the House.  Boston Globe, June 18, 1995

Nesse RM: Sickness can be Good for You.  Times Higher Education Supplement (London), June 9, 1995. 

Nesse RM:  When Bad Genes Happen to Good People.  Technology Review May/June, 1995, p. 31-40.                

Nesse RM: Darwinism and Psychiatry.  Harvard Mental Health Letter, 14:7, 1997.

Nesse RM: The Evolution of Commitment and the Origins of Religion, Science and Spirit 10 (2), July/August 1999, p. 32-33, 46 



Many radio and television interviews, 1994-1998, including Radio Vienna,

Radio Australia, several with BBC and many NPR syndicated broadcasts.