Geoffrey Miller is best known for his books The Mating Mind (2000), Mating Intelligence (2008), Spent (2009), Mate (2015), and Virtue Signaling (2019).  He has a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has worked at University of Sussex, University of Nottingham, Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research, University College London, London School of Economics, UCLA, Queensland Institute for Medical Research, NYU Stern Business School, and University of New Mexico.


His 120 academic publications have addressed sex research, mate choice, creativity, art, music, humor, emotions, personality, and mental health, and have been cited over 16,000 times. He has given over 200 talks in 16 countries, and has reviewed academic papers for over 50 journals.


He has taught courses on evolutionary psychology, human sexuality, human emotions, social psychology, consumer behavior, intelligence and creativity, personality traits, and effective altruism. He has mentored 2 post-docs, 11 Ph.D. students, and 6 undergraduate honors students.


His research has been featured in Nature, Science, New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, New Scientist, Science News, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, and Psychology Today, and on TV shows for BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel. He has consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, market research firms, and advertising agencies.





Miller, G. F. (2000). The mating mind: How sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature. NY: Doubleday; London: Heinemann; also published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, German, Italian, Portugese, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Hungarian, Russian.


Geher, G., & Miller, G. F. (Eds.).  (2008). Mating intelligence: Sex, relationships, and the mind’s reproductive system.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Miller, G. F. (2009). Spent: Sex, evolution, and consumer behavior. NY: Viking; London: Random House; also published in Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Portugese, Polish, Turkish.


Max, T., & Miller, G. F. (2015). Mate: Become the man that women want. NY: Little, Brown, & Co. Also published in Germany, Portugese.


Miller, G. F. (2019).  Virtue signalling: Essays on Darwinian politics & free speech. Albuquerque: Cambrian Moon.



Selected peer-reviewed journal papers:


Todd, P. M., & Miller, G. F. (2017). The evolutionary psychology of extraterrestrial intelligence:  Are there universal adaptations in search, aversion, and signalling? Biological Theory, Special issue on astrobiology, 1-11,


Miller, G. F. (2013). Mutual mate choice models as the Red Pill in evolutionary psychology: Long delayed, much needed, ideologically challenging, and hard to swallow. Psychological Inquiry, 24, 207-210.


Miller, G. F. (2012).  Sex, mutations, and marketing. EMBO Reports, 13(10), 880-884.


Miller, G. F. (2012). The smartphone psychology manifesto. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(3), 221-237.


Yeater, E. A., Miller, G. F., Rinehart, J. K., & Nason, E. (2012). Trauma and sex surveys meet minimal risk standards: Implications for Institutional Review Boards. Psychological Science, 23(7), 780-787.


Miller, G. F., Zhu, G., Wright, M. J., Hansell, N. K., & Martin, N. G. (2012).  The heritability and genetic correlates of mobile phone use: A twin study of consumer behaviour. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 15(1), 97-106


Greengross, G., & Miller, G. F. (2011).  Humor ability reveals intelligence, predicts mating success, and is higher in males. Intelligence, 39, 188-192.


Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., Sundie, J. M., Cialdini, R. B., Miller, G. F., & Kenrick, D. T. (2007).  Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption: When romantic motives elicit costly displays. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93(1), 85-102.


Miller, G. F. (2007).  Reconciling evolutionary psychology and ecological psychology: How to perceive fitness affordances.  Acta Psychologica Sinica, 39(3), 546-555.


Miller, G. F. (2007).  Sexual selection for moral virtues. Quarterly Review of Biology, 82(2), 97-125.


Penke, L., Denissen, J. J., & Miller, G. F. (2007).  The evolutionary genetics of personality.  European Journal of Personality, 21(5), 549-587.


Miller, G. F., & Tal, I. (2007).  Schizotypy versus intelligence and openness as predictors of creativity.  Schizophrenia Research, 93(1-3), 317-324.


Keller, M., & Miller, G. F. (2006).  Resolving the paradox of common, harmful, heritable mental disorders: Which evolutionary genetic models work best? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 385-404.


Miller, G. F. (2006).  The Asian future of evolutionary psychology.  Evolutionary Psychology, 4, 107-119.


Prokosch, M., Yeo, R., & Miller, G. F. (2005).  Intelligence tests with higher g-loadings show higher correlations with body symmetry: Evidence for a general fitness factor mediated by developmental stability.  Intelligence, 33(2), 203-213.


Barrett, H. C., Todd, P. M., Miller, G. F., & Blythe, P. (2005).  Accurate judgments of intention from motion cues alone: A cross-cultural study. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26(4), 313-331.


Miller, G. F. (2001).  Aesthetic fitness: How sexual selection shaped artistic virtuosity as a fitness indicator and aesthetic preferences as mate choice criteria.  Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts, 2(1), 20-25. 


Miller, G. F., & Todd, P. M. (1998).  Mate choice turns cognitive. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2(5), 190-198.


Selected book chapters:


Miller, G. F. (2011). My background, research interests, and future plans. In X.T. Wang & Su, Y.-J. (Ed.), Thus spake evolutionary psychologists (进化心理学家如是说), pp. 320-328. Beijing: Peking University Press.

Miller, G. F. (2010).  Are polygenic mutations and Holocene selective sweeps the only evolutionary-genetic processes left for explaining heritable variation in human psychological traits?  In D. M. Buss & P. H. Hawley (Ed.), The evolution of personality and individual differences, pp. 376-399.  NY: Oxford U. Press.

Miller, G. F. (2000). Evolution of human music through sexual selection.  In N. L. Wallin, B. Merker, & S. Brown (Eds.), The origins of music (pp. 329-360).  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Miller, G. F. (2000).  Sexual selection for indicators of intelligence.  In G. Bock, J. Goode, & K. Webb (Eds.), The nature of intelligence (Novartis Foundation Symposium 233) (pp. 260-275).  New York: John Wiley.

Miller, G. F. (1999).  Sexual selection for cultural displays.  In R. Dunbar, C. Knight, & C. Power (Eds.), The evolution of culture (pp. 71-91).  Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh U. Press.

Miller, G. F. (1997). Protean primates:  The evolution of adaptive unpredictability in competition and courtship. In A. Whiten & R. W. Byrne (Eds.), Machiavellian intelligence II: Extensions and evaluations (pp. 312-340).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge U. Press.

Cliff, D., & Miller, G. F. (1995). Tracking the Red Queen: Methods for measuring co-evolutionary progress in open-ended simulations. In F. Moran, A. Moreno, J. J. Merelo, & P. Cachon (Eds.), Advances in artificial life: Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Artificial Life (pp. 200-218).  Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Miller, G. F., Todd, P. M., & Hegde, S. U. (1989).  Designing neural networks using genetic algorithms. In J. D. Schaffer (Ed.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (pp. 379-384). San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.