Carlton Patrick studies the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of law. He received a B.A. from Florida State University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Miami. He is the coauthor of the book Objection: Disgust, Morality and the Law (Oxford University Press) and his work has been published across a broad range of academic outlets including Nature Human Behaviour, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and the Arizona State Law Journal. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, he was a visiting scholar with the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP.

Representative Publications

Selected Publications

Carlton Patrick, Evolution is the Source, and the Undoing, of Natural Law, Evolution and Human Behavior (forthcoming 2023).

Carlton Patrick, The Origins of Property Law, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (forthcoming 2023) (commentary on Pascal Boyer’s Ownership psychology as a cognitive adaptation).

Daniel Sznycer & Carlton Patrick, The Origins of Criminal Law, 4 Nature Human Behaviour 506 (2020).

Debra Lieberman & Carlton Patrick, Objection: Disgust, Morality, and the Law (OUP 2018).

Carlton Patrick, The Long-Term Promise of Evolutionary Psychology for the Law, 48 Ariz. St. L.J. 995 (2016).

More Publications by Carlton Patrick


  • Law and Human Behavior
  • Law and Emotions
  • Legal Scholarship
  • Legal Writing
  • Law, Film, and Popular Culture
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