I am interested broadly in the evolution of vocal communication, psycholinguistics, and pragmatics. Below are selected publications:


Bryant, G. A., Fessler, D. M., Fusaroli, R., Clint, E., Aarøe, L., Apicella, C. L., ... & De Smet, D. (2016). Detecting affiliation in colaughter across 24 societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(17), 4682-4687. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2015). Evolved computers with culture: Commentary on Barrett et al. Frontiers in Psychology 6, 1-2. PDF

Broesch, T., & Bryant, G. A. (2015). Prosody in infant-directed speech is similar across western and traditional cultures. Journal of Cognition and Development, 16(1), 31-43. PDF

Gibbs, R. W., Bryant, G. A., & Colston, H. L. (2014). Where is the humor in verbal irony? Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 27(4), 575-595. PDF

Holbrook, C., Galperin, A., Fessler, D. M. T., Johnson, K. L., Bryant, G. A., & Haselton, M. G. (2014). If looks could kill: Anger judgments are intensified by affordances for doing harm. Emotion, 14(3), 455-461. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Aktipis, C. A. (2014). The animal nature of spontaneous human laughter. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(4), 327-335. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2013). Animal signals and emotion in music: Coordinating affect across groups. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 990, 1-13. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2013). Review of “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond” by Robert Provine. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 88(4), 348-349. PDF

Flamson, T. J., & Bryant, G. A. (2013). Signals of humor: Encryption and laughter in social interaction. In M. Dynel (Ed.). Developments in linguistic humour theory (pp. 49-74). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. PDF

Manson, J. E., Bryant, G. A., Gervais, M., & Kline, M. (2013). Convergence of speech rate in conversation predicts cooperation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(6), 419-426. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2012). Is verbal irony special? Language and Linguistics Compass, 6(11), 673-685. PDF

Blumstein, D., Bryant, G. A., & Kaye, P. (2012). The sound of arousal in music is context dependent. Biology Letters, 8, 744-747. PDF

Bryant, G. A., Liénard, P., & Barrett, H. C. (2012). Recognizing infant-directed speech across distant cultures: Evidence from Africa. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 10(2), 147-159. PDF

Flamson, T., Bryant, G. A., & Barrett, H. C. (2011). Prosody in spontaneous humor: Evidence for encryption. Pragmatics and Cognition, 19(2), 248-267. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2011). Verbal irony in the wild. Pragmatics and Cognition, 19(2), 291-309. PDF

Sell, A., Bryant, G. A., Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., Sznycer, D., von Rueden, C., Krauss, A., & Gurven, M. (2010). Adaptations in humans for assessing physical strength from the voice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2010). Prosodic contrasts in ironic speech. Discourse Processes, 47(7), 545-566. PDF

Phillips-Silver, J., Aktipis, A., & Bryant, G. A. (2010). The ecology of entrainment: Foundations of coordinated rhythmic movement. Music Perception, 28(1), 3-14. PDF

Haselton, M. G., Bryant, G. A., Wilke, A., Frederick, D. A., Galperin, A., Frankenhuis, W. E., & Moore, T. (2009). Adaptive rationality: An evolutionary perspective on cognitive bias. Social Cognition, 27(5), 733-763. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Haselton, M. G. (2009). Vocal cues of ovulation in human females. Biology Letters, 5, 12-15. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Barrett, H. C. (2008). Vocal emotion recognition across disparate cultures. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8, 135-148. PDF

Gibbs, R. W., & Bryant, G. A. (2008). Striving for optimal relevance when answering questions.  Cognition, 106(1), 345-369. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Barrett, H. C. (2007). Recognizing intentions in infant-directed speech: Evidence for universals.  Psychological Science, 18(8), 746-751. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2006). On hasty generalization about evolutionary psychology. Review of “Adapting Minds” By David J. Buller. American Journal of Psychology, 19(3), 481-487. PDF

Bryant, G. A. (2006). Review of “Figurative language comprehension: Social and cultural influences” by H. L. Colston & A. N. Katz (Eds.). Metaphor and Symbol, 21(1), 61-65. PDF

Cosmides, L., Tooby, J., Fiddick, L., & Bryant, G. A. (2005). Detecting cheaters. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(11), 505-506. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Fox Tree, J. E. (2005). Is there an ironic tone of voice?  Language and Speech, 48(3), 257-277. PDF

Hagen, E. H., & Bryant, G. A. (2003). Music and dance as a coalition signaling system. Human Nature, 14(1), 21-51. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Fox Tree, J. E. (2002). Recognizing verbal irony in spontaneous speech. Metaphor and Symbol, 17(2), 99-117. PDF

Bryant, G. A., & Gibbs, R. W. (2002). You don't say: Figurative language and thought. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25(6), 678-679. PDF