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Buhrmester, M. D., & Swann, W. B. (2015). Identity Fusion. Current Directions in Psychological Science 24(1), 52-7.

Cole, P. & McQuinn, B. (eds.) (2015). The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath. New York: Oxford University Press.

Currie, T. E., Bogaard, A., Cesaretti, R., Edwards, N. R., François, P., Holden, P. B., Hoyer, D., Korotayev, A., Manning, J., Garcia, J. C. M., Oyebamiji, O. K., Petrie, C., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., & Williams, A. (2015). Agricultural Productivity in Past Societies: Toward an Empirically Informed Model for Testing Cultural Evolutionary Hypotheses. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution 6(1), 24-56.

Jiménez, J., Gómez, Á., Buhrmester, M. D., Vázquez, A., Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W. B. (2015 – online). The Dynamic Identity Fusion Index (DIFI): A new continuous measure of identity fusion for Web-based questionnaires. Social Science Computer Review.

Kiper, J. & Sosis, R. (2015). Why terrorism terrifies us. In M. Taylor, J. Roach, & K. Pease (eds.) Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism, New York: Routledge.

Legare, C. H. (2015). The evolution and ontogeny of ritual. In D. M. Buss (ed.) The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse H. (2015). Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning. Cognition 142, 351-61.

McQuinn, B. (2015). Chapter 10: History’s Warriors: The Emergence of Revolutionary Battalions in Misrata. In P. Cole & B. McQuinn (eds.) The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath. New York: Oxford University Press.

Purzycki, B. G., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D. N., & Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource.

Turchin, P., Brennan, R., Currie, T. E., Feeney, K. C., François, P., Hoyer, D., Manning, J. G., Marciniak, A., Mullins, D., Palmisano, A., Peregrine, P., Turner, E. A. L., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Seshat: The Global History Databank. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution 6(1), 77-107.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Busch, J. T. A., & Legare, C. H. (2015). Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Explanatory Coexistence. Topics in Cognitive Science.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Whitehouse, H., & Legare, C. H. (2015). In-Group Ostracism Increases High-Fidelity Imitation in Early Childhood. Psychological Science (Online before print).


Buhrmester, M. D., Fraser, W. T., Lanman, J. A., Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W. B. (2014). When terror hits home: Identity Fused Americans who saw Boston bombing victims as “family” provided aid. Self & Identity.

Farmer, H., McKay, R. T. & Tsakiris, M. (2014). Trust in me: trustworthy others are seen as more physically similar to the self. Psychological Science, 25, 290-2.

Fischer, R., Xygalatas, D., Mitkidis, P., Reddish, P., Konvalinka, I., and Bulbulia, J. (2014). The fire-walker’s high: Affect and physiological responses in an extreme collective ritual. PLoS ONE, 9, e88355

Gómez, Á., Jetten, J, and Swann, W. B. (2014).  The more prototypical the better? The allure of being seen as one sees oneself. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 17, 221-39.

Jong, J. (2014). Ernest Becker’s psychology of religion: a view from social cognitive psychology. Anthropology and Humanism, 49, 875—889.

Jong, J. & Visala, A. (2014). Three Quests for Human Nature: Some Philosophical Reflections. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1, 146-171.

Kiper, J. & Sosis, R. (2014). Moral Intuitions and the Religious System: An Adaptationist Account. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1, 172 – 199.

Legare, C. H. (2014). The Contributions of Explanation and Exploration to Children’s Scientific Reasoning. Child Development Perspectives 8(2), 101-6.

Legare, C. H. & Gelman, S. A. (2014). Examining Explanatory Biases in Young Children’s Biological Reasoning. Journal of Cognition and Development 15(2), 287-303.

Legare, C. H. & Souza, A. L. (2014). Searching for control: priming randomness increases the evaluation of ritual efficacy. Cognitive Science, 38(1), 152-61.

Legare, C. H. & Lombrozo T. (2014). Selective effects of explanation on learning during early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 126, 198-212.

McKay, R. T. (2014) Is religion a force for good? The Conversation http://theconversation.com/is-religion-a-force-for-good-35061

McKay, R. T. and Whitehouse, H. (2014). Religion and Morality. Psychological Bulletin 141(2), 447-73.

Porubanova, M., Shaw, D.J., McKay, R. & Xygalatas, D. (2014). Memory for expectation-violating concepts: The effects of agents and cultural familiarity. PLoS ONE, 9, e90684.

Purzycki, B., Sultan Haque, O. & Sosis, R. (2014). Extending evolutionary accounts of religion beyond the mind: Religions as adaptive systems. In F. Watts and L. P. Turner (eds.) Evolution, Religion, and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 74-91.

Russell, Y. I., Gobet F. & Whitehouse H. (2014). Mood, Expertise, Analogy, and Ritual: an experiment using the five-disc Tower of Hanoi. Religion, Brian, and Behavior.

Shariff, A. F., Purzycki, B. G. & Sosis, R. (2014). Religions as Cultural Solutions to Social Living. In A. B. Cohen (ed.) Culture Reexamined: Broadening Our Understanding of Social and Evolutionary Influences, American Psychological Association, 217-38.

Shaver, J. H. & Sosis, R. (2014). How does male ritual behavior vary across the lifespan? An examination of Fijian kava ceremonies. Human Nature 25(1), 136-160.

Sobel, D. M. & Legare, C. H. (2014). Causal learning in children. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 5(4), 413-27.

Sosis, R. & Kiper, J. (2014). Religion is more than belief: What evolutionary theories of religion tell us about religious commitment. In M. Bergmann & P. Kain (eds.) Challenges to Religion and Morality: Disagreements and Evolution, New York: Oxford University Press, 256-76.

Swann, W.B., Buhrmester, M. D., Gómez, A., Jetten, J., Bastian, B., Vázquez, A., Ariyanto, A., Besta, T., Christ, O., Cui, L., Finchilescu, G., González, R., Goto, N., Hornsey, M., Sharma, S., Susianto, H. & Zhang, A. (2014). What makes a group worth dying for? Identity fusion fosters perception of familial ties, promoting self-sacrifice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(6), 912-26.

Swann, W. B., Gómez, A., Buhrmester, M. D., López-Rodríguez, L., Jiménez, J. & Vázquez, A. (2014). Contemplating the ultimate sacrifice: Identity fusion channels pro-group affect, cognition, and moral decision-making. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(5), 713-27.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Legare, C. H., Whitehouse, H., & Clegg, J. M. (2014). Task-specific effects of ostracism on imitative fidelity in early childhood. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 204-210.

Whitehouse, H. (2014). Libyan bands of brothers show how deeply humans bond in adversity. The Conversation http://theconversation.com/libyan-bands-of-brothers-show-how-deeply-humans-bond-in-adversity-34105

Whitehouse, H., & Lanman, J. A. (2014). The ties that bind us: Ritual, fusion, and identification. Current Anthropology 55(6), 674-95.

Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., Hodder, I., & Atkinson, Q. D.  (2014). Modes of religiosity and the evolution of social complexity at Çatalhöyük. In I. Hodder (ed.) Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters. New York: Cambridge University Press, 134-58.

Whitehouse, H., McQuinn, B., Buhrmester, M. D., & Swann, W. B. (2014). Brothers in Arms: Warriors bond like Family. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(50), 17783-5.


Alcorta, C. S., & Sosis, R. (2013). Evolutionary Theory: “Ritual, Religion, and Violence: An Evolutionary Perspective”. In M. Juergensmeyer, M. Kitts, &  M. Jerryson (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, New York: Oxford University Press, 571-96.

Bulbulia, J., Xygalatas, D., Schjødt, U., Fondevila, S., Sibley, C. G. & Konvalinka, I. (2013). Images From a Jointly-Arousing Collective Ritual Reveal Emotional Polarization, Frontiers in Psychology, 4, article 960.

Bulbulia, J., Geertz, A. W., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., Evans, N., François, P., Gintis, H., Gray, R. D., Henrich, J., Jordon, F. M., Norenzayan, A., Richerson, P. J., Slingerland, E., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., Widlok, T., Wilson, D. S. (2013). The Cultural Evolution of Religion. In P. J. Richerson & M. H. Christiansen (eds.) Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 381-404.

Harrison, J. M. D., & McKay, R. T. (2013). Give me strength or give me a reason: self-control, religion and the currency of reputation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(6), 688-9.

Harrison, J. M. D., & McKay, R. T. (2013). Do religious and moral concepts influence the ability to delay gratification? A priming study. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 10(1), 25-40.

Herrmann, P. A., Legare, C. H., Harris, P. L., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Stick to the script: the effect of witnessing multiple actors on children’s imitation. Cognition, 129, 536-43.

Jong, J. (2013). On faith and the fear of fatality: a review of recent research on death and deities. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1.

Lanman, J. (2013). Two stars and a (fourth) wish: ritual theory and the challenges of fusing humanity. A commentary on Harvey Whitehouse. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 4(2), 296.

Lanman, J. (2013). Atheism and Cognitive Science. In S. Bullivant, & M. Ruse (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 483-96.

Legare, C. H., & Herrmann, P. A. (2013). Cognitive consequences and constraints on reasoning about ritual. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3(1), 63-65.

McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Catholic guilt?: Recall of confession promotes prosocial behaviour. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3, 201-209.

Mullins, D., Whitehouse, H. & Atkinson, Q. (2013). The role of writing and recordkeeping in the cultural evolution of human cooperation. Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, 90, S141-S151.

Purzycki, B. & Sosis, R. (2013). The extended religious phenotype and the adaptive coupling of ritual and belief. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 59(2), 99-108.

Schjoedt, U., Sørensen, J., Nielbo, K. L., Xygalatas, D., Mitkidis, P., & Bulbulia, J. (2013). Cognitive resource depletion in religious interactions. Religion, Brain & Behavior 3(1), 39-55.

Shariff, A., Purzycki, B. & Sosis, R. (2013). ‘Religions as Cultural Solutions to Social Living.’ In A.B. Cohen (ed.) Culture Reexamined: Broadening Our Understanding of Social and Evolutionary Influences, Washington, DC: APA Books.

Turchin, P., Currie, T. E., Turner, E. A. L., Gavrilets, S. (2013). War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(41), 16384-9.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Ritual and acquiescence to authoritative discourse. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 3(1), 76-9.

Whitehouse, H., with Swann, W. B., Ingram, G., Prochownik, K., Lanman, J. A., Waring, T. M., Frost, K., Jones, D., Reeve, Z.,  & Johnson, D. (2013).Three Wishes for the World (with comment). Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 4(2), 281-323.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Religion, cohesion, and hostility. In S. Clarke, R. Powell & J. Savulescu (eds.) Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A scientific and conceptual investigation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 36-47.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Immortality, creation, and regulation: updating Durkheim’s theory of the sacred. In D. Xygalatas & W. W. McCorkle (eds.) Mental Culture: classical social theory and the cognitive science of religion, Durham: Acumen, 66-79.

Whitehouse, H. & McQuinn, B. (2013). Rites of Terror: “Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle”. In M. Juergensmeyer, M. Kitts & M. Jerryson (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, New York: Oxford University Press, 597-619.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Explaining Ritual. In G. W. Dawes & J. Maclaurin (eds.) A New Science of Religion, New York: Routledge, 81-99.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Rethinking Proximate Causation and Development in Religious Evolution. In P. J. Richerson & M. H. Christiansen (eds.) Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 349-64.

Xygalatas, D., Mitkidis, P., Fischer, R., Reddish, P., Skewes, J., Geertz, A. W., Roepstorff, A., & Bulbulia, J. (2013). Extreme Rituals Promote Prosociality. Psychological Science 24, 1602-5.

Xygalatas, D., & McKay, R. T. (2013). Announcing the Journal for the Cognitive Science of ReligionJournal for the Cognitive Science of Religion 1(1), 1-4.


Buhrmester, M.D.; Gómez, A.; Brooks, M. L.; Morales, J. F.; Fernández, S. & Swann, W. B. (2012). My group’s fate is my fate: Identity-fused Americans and Spaniards link personal life quality to outcome of 2008 elections. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34(6), 527-533.

Harris, P. L. (2012). The child as anthropologist [El niño como antropólogo]. Infancia y Aprendizaje: Journal for the Study of Education and Development, 35(3), 259-77.

Herrmann, P. A., Medin, D. L. & Waxman, S. R. (2012). When humans become animals: Development of the animal category in early childhood. Cognition, 122(1), 74-79.

Jong, J. (2012). Implicit measures in the experimental psychology of religion. In G. Dawes, & J. Maclaurin (eds.) A new science of religion, New York: Routledge, 65-78.

Lanman, J. (2012). On the non-evolution of atheism and the importance of definitions and data. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 2(1), 76-78.

Lanman, J. (2012). The importance of religious displays for belief acquisition and secularization. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27(1), 49-65.

Laurin, K.; Shariff, A.; Henrich, J. and Kay, A. C. (2012) Outsourcing punishment to god: Beliefs in divine control reduce earthly punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Legare, C. H., & Souza, A. L. (2012). Evaluating ritual efficacy: evidence from the supernatural. Cognition, 124(1), 1 -15.

Legare, C. H., Evans, M. E., Rosengren, K. S., & Harris, P. L. (2012). The co-existence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development. Child Development, 83(3), 779-793.

Matthews, M. & Levin, S. (2012). Testing a dual process model of prejudice: Assessment of group threat perceptions and emotions. Motivation and Emotion, 36(4), 564-574.

McKay, R. & Dennett, D. (2012). The sleep of reason: Do atheists improve the stock? (Commentary on Johnson). Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2(1), 78-80.

McQuinn, B. (2012). Armed Groups in Libya: Typology and Roles. Small Arms Survey Research Notes, 18.

Swann, W. B., Jensen, J., Gómez, Á., Whitehouse, H., & Bastian, B. (2012). When group membership gets personal: a theory of identity fusion. Psychological Review, 119, 441-456.

Turchin, P. (2012). Dynamics of Political Instability in the United States, 1780–2010. Journal of Peace Research, 49(4), 577-591.

Turchin, P. (2012). Religion and Empire in the Axial Age. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2(3), 256-60.

Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., Francois, P., Slingerland, E., & Collard, M. (2012). A historical database of sociocultural evolution. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 3(2), 271-293.

Victoroff, J., Adelman, J. R., & Matthews, M. (2012). Psychological Factors Associated with Support for Suicide Bombing in the Muslim Diaspora. Political Psychology, 33(6), 791-809.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Religious universals and religious variation. In T. Biro & I. Czachesz (eds.) Changing Minds: Religion and cognition through the ages, Leuven: Peeters Publishers.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Ritual, cognition, and evolution. In R. Sun (Ed.) Grounding the Social Sciences in the Cognitive Sciences, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 265-84.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Cognition, evolution and the future of social anthropology. In R. Fardon, O. Harris, T. H. J. Marchand, M. Nuttall, C. Shore, V. Strang & R. A. Wilson (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology (Vol. 2), London: SAGE Publications, 234-42.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Whence and whither sociocultural anthropology. In E. Slingerland & M. Collard (eds.) Creating Consilience: Integrating the sciences and humanities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 130-9.

Whitehouse, H., & Cohen, E. (2012).  Seeking a rapprochement between anthropology and the cognitive sciences: a problem-driven approach. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4, 404-412.

Whitehouse, H., Kahn, K., Hochberg, M. E., & Bryson, J. J. (2012). The role for simulations in theory construction for the social sciences: case studies concerning Divergent Modes of Religiosity. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 2(3), 182-201.


Gelman, S. A. (2011). When Worlds Collide – Or Do They? Implications of Explanatory Coexistence for Conceptual Development and Change (Commentary on Evans and Lane, Harris, Legare & Visala, and Subbotsky).Human Development, 54, 185-190.

Gelman, S. A. and Legare, C. H. (2011). Concepts and Folk Theories. Annual Review of Anthropology, 40, 379-98.

Gervais, W. M., Willard, A. K., Norenzayan, A. & Henrich, J. (2011). The Cultural Transmission of Faith: Why innate intuitions are necessary, but insufficient, to explain religious belief. Religion, 41, 389-410.

Harris, P. L. (2011). Conflicting Thoughts about Death. Human Development, 54, 160-168.

Legare, C. H., and Visala, A. (2011). Between Religion and Science: Integrating Psychological and Philosophical Accounts of Explanatory Coexistence. Human Development, 54(3), 169-84.

McKay, R., Efferson, C., Whitehouse, H. & Fehr, E. (2011). Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1858-1863.

Souza, A. & Legare, C. H. (2011). The role of testimony in the evaluation of ritual expertise. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 2, 1-8.

Sullivan, R., McQuinn, B., and Purushotham, A. (2011). How are we going to rebuild public health in Libya? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 104(12), 490-2.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Religious Reflexivity and Transmissive Frequency. In G. Ahn (ed.) Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, Volume IV: Reflexivity, Media and Visuality, Harrassowitz Verlag.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). The Coexistence Problem in Psychology, Anthropology, and Evolutionary Theory (Commentary on Evans & Lane, Harris, Legare & Visala, and Subbotsky). Human Development, 54(3), 191-99.

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