Mullins, Daniel A., Daniel Hoyer, Christina Collins, Thomas Currie, Kevin Feeney, Pieter François, Patrick E Savage, Harvey Whitehouse, and Peter Turchin. (2018). A Systematic Assessment of the Axial Age Thesis using global comparative historical evidence. American Sociological Review. doi: 10.1177/0003122418772567

Bortolini, T., Newson, M., Natividade, J., Vázquez, A., Gómez, Á (2018) Identity Fusion Predicts Endorsement of Pro-group Behaviours Targeting Nationality, Religion or Football in Brazilian Samples. British Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12235.

Buhrmester, M., Newson, M. Vázquez, A., Hattori, W. T., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Winning at any cost: Identity fusion, group essence, and maximizing ingroup advantage. Self and Identity. 

Buhrmester, D M, Burnham, D, Johnson D.P.D, Curry, S. O, Macdonald, W, D, Whitehouse, H How Moments Became Movements: Shared Outrage, Group Cohesion, and the Lion That Went Viral.  Frontiers (May 2018)

Curry, O. S., Rowland, L., Van Lissa, C. J., Zlotowitz, S., McAlaney, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Happy to Help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Davis, A., & Cohen, E. (2018). The Effects of Social Support on Strenuous Physical Exercise. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1-17.

Jackson, J. C., Jong, J., Bilkey, D., Whitehouse, H., Zollman, S., McNaughton, C., & Halberstadt, J. (2018). Synchrony and arousal increase cohesion and cooperation in large naturalistic groups. Nature: Scientific Reports, 18, 127.

Kapitány, R. & Kavanagh, C. (2018) A ritual by any other name. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e79.

Kavanagh, C. (2018) Death and religion in a post-replication crisis world. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 8(1), 7-12.

Krockow, E. M., Takezawa, M., Pulford, B. D., Colman, A. M., Smithers, S., Kita, T., & Nakawake, Y. (2018). Commitment-enhancing tools in centipede games: Evidencing European-Japanese differences in trust and cooperation. Judgment and Decision Making,13(1), 61–72

Luncz L.V., Sirianni G., Mundry R., Boesch C. (2018): Costly culture: differences in nut-cracking efficiency between wild chimpanzee groups. Animal Behaviour, 137:63-73.

Peregrine, P.N. Brennan, R. Currie, T. Feeney, K. Francois, P. Turchin, P. Whitehouse, H. (March 2018) Dacura: A new solution to data harvesting and knowledge extraction for the historical sciences.  Taylor & Francis Online

Proffitt T., Luncz L.V., Malaivijitnond S., Gumert M., Svensson M., Haslam M. (2018): Analysis of wild macaque stone tools used to crack oil palm nuts. Royal Society Open Science, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171904.

Rowland, L., & Curry, O. S. (2018). A range of kindness activities boost happiness. The Journal of Social Psychology   doi:10.1080/00224545.2018.1469461

Sivan, J., Curry, O. S., & Van Lissa, C. J. (2018). Excavating the Foundations: Cognitive Adaptations for Multiple Moral Domains. Evolutionary Psychological Science.  doi:10.1007/s40806-018-0154-8

Stewart FA, Piel AK, Luncz L, Osborn J, Li Y, Hahn BH, et al. (2018) DNA recovery from wild chimpanzee tools. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0189657. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189657

Tarr, B., Slater, M., and Cohen, E. (2018) ‘Synchrony and social connection in immersive Virtual Reality’. Nature: Scientific Reports, 8. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21765-4

Thompson J., Carvalho S., Marean C., Alemseged Z. (In press, 2018). The origins of the human predatory pattern: The transition to large animal exploitation by early hominins. Current Anthropology (Article with series of commentaries).

Turchin, P., Currie, T. E., Whitehouse, H., François, P., Feeney, K., Mullins, D., Hoyer, D., Collins, C., Grohmann, S., Savage, P. E., Mendel-Gleason, G., Turner, E., Dupeyron, A., Cioni, E., Reddish, J., Levine, J., Jordan, G., Brandl, E., Williams, A., Cesaretti, R., Krueger, M., Cecceralli, A., Figliulo-Rosswurm, J., Peregrine, P., Marciniak, A., Preiser-Kapeller, J., Kradin, N., Korotayev, A., Palmisano, A., Baker, D., Bidmead, J., Bol, P., Christian, D., Cook, C., Covey, A., Feinman, G., Júlíusson, Á. D., Kristinsson, A., Miksic, J., Mostern, R., Petrie, C., Rudiak-Gould, P., ter Haar, B., Wallace, V., Mair, V., Xie, L., Baines, J., Bridges, E., Manning, J., Lockhart, B., Tuan, P.-J., Bogaard, A., Spencer, C. (2018). Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115(2), E144–E151.

Whitehouse, H. (2018). Dying for the group: Towards a general theory of extreme self-sacrifice. [Target article with commentaries.] Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1-64.



Almeida-Warren, K., Sommer, V., Piel, A. and Pascual-Garrido, A. (2017) Raw material procurement for termite fishing tools by wild chimpanzees in the Issa valley, western Tanzania. Am J Phys Anthropol. 164, 292–304. 

Bering, J., Curtin, E., & Jong, J. (2017). Knowledge of deaths in hotel rooms diminishes perceived value and elicits strong guest aversion. OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying. doi:10.1177/0030222817709694

Buric, I., Farias, M., Jong, J., Mee, C., & Brazil, I. (2017).  What is the molecular signature of mind-body interventions? A systematic review of gene expression changes induced by meditation and related practices. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2017.00670

Campbell R. and Carvalho. S. (2017). Tool use and manufacture in the last common ancestor of Pan and Homo. In: Muller M., Wrangham R., Pilbeam D. (Eds.), Chimpanzees and Human Evolution. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674967953. Pp. 602-644.

Cohen, E., Baimel, A. and Purzycki, B. (2017). Religiosity and resource allocation in Marajó, Brazil. Religion, Brain and Behavior.

Cohen, E. (2017). Group exercise and social bonding. In N. Enfield and P. Kockelman (eds.) Distributed Agency. Oxford; New York: OUP

Davis, A. (2017, November). Faster with friends: a ‘big data’ and observational study of parkrun. Poster presented at the Human Diversity and Adaptation Meeting. Oxford, United Kingdom.

Fortunato, L. (2017). Insights from evolutionary anthropology on the (pre-)history of the nuclear family. Cross-Cultural Research 51(2): 92--116.

Haslam M., et al., Luncz L. (2017): Primate Archaeology Evolves. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1 (10), 1431-1437. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0286-4

Jackson, J. C., Bilkey, D., Jong, J., Rossignac-Milon, M., Halberstadt, J. (2017). Strangers in a stadium: studying group dynamics with in-vivo behavioral tracking. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi:10.1177/1948550617709112

Jong, J. (2017). "Belief in spiritual beings": E. B. Tylor's (primitive) cognitive theory of religion. In P-F Tremlett, G. Harvey, & L. T. Sutherland (eds.), Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture (pp. 47-61). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Jong, J., Zahl, B. P., & Sharp, C. (2017). Indirect and implicit measures of religiosity. In R. Finke & C. Bader (eds.), Faithful Measures: New Methods in the Measurement of Religion. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Jong, J. (2017). What are human beings (that you are mindful of them)?: Notes from neo-Darwinism and neo-Aristotelianism. In M. Fuller, D. Evers, A. Runehov, & K.-W. Sæther, (eds.), Issues in Science and Theology: Are We Special? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (pp. 79-97). Cham, CH: Springer.

Jong, J., Ross, R. M., Philip, T., Chang, S.-H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (2017). The religious correlates of death anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Religion, Brain, and Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1238844

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Jong, J., Zahl, B. P., & Sharp, C. (2017). Indirect and implicit measures of religiosity. In R. Finke & C. Bader (eds.), Faithful Measures: New Methods in the Measurement of Religion (pp. 78-107). New York, NY: New York University Press. 

Kandler A., Wilder B., Fortunato L. (2017) Inferring individual-level processes from population-level patterns in cultural evolution. Royal Society Open Science, 4: 170949,

Kandler, A., Wilder, B. and Fortunato, L. (2017). Inferring individual-level processes from population-level patterns in cultural evolution. bioRxiv.

Kavanagh, C. (2017). The even cognition ‘hammer’ and the ‘nails of experience’. Religion, Brain and Behavior. 

Kavanagh, C., & Yuki, M. (2017). Culture and Group Processes. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 5(4).]

Luncz L., Tan A., Haslam M, Kulik L., Proffitt T., Malaivijitnond S., Gumert M. (2017): Resource depletion through primate stone technology. eLife, doi:10.7554/eLife.23647

Luncz L., Svensson M., Haslam M., Malaivijitnond S., Proffitt T., Gumert M. (2017): Technological response of wild macaques (Macaca fascicularis) to anthropogenic change. International Journal of Primatology, doi: 10.1007/s10764-017-9985-6

McGuigan, N., Burdett, E. R. R., Burgess, V., Dean, L., Lucas, A., Vale, G., & Whiten, A. (2017). Innovation and social transmission in experimental micro-societies: exploring the scope of cumulative culture in young children. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1735). doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0425.

Mullins, D. A., Hoyer, D., Collins, C., Currie, T., Fenney, K., François, P., Savage, P. E., Whitehouse, H., Turchin, P. (2017). A systematic assessment of the Axial Age thesis for the emergence of moralizing religious thought. SocArXiv preprint:

Newson, M. (2017) Football, Fan Violence, and Identity Fusion. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690217731293.

Pennycook, G., Ross, R. M., Koehler, D. J., and Fugelsang, J. A. (2017). Dunning-Kruger effects in reasoning: Further implications of the failure to recognize incompetence. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. doi:10.3758/s13423-017-1242-7

Peregrine, P., Brewer, J., Gelfand, M., Jackson, J., MacDonald, I., Richerson, P., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., and Wilson, D. S. (2017). Grand Challenges for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Nature, Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0070

Pereira T., Paixão E., Carvalho V., Carvalho S., Gomes T. (2017). Raw material diversity, distribution and acquisition in the river Lis basin, central Portugal. In: T. Pereira, X. Terradas, N. Bicho (eds). Raw materials exploitation in Prehistory: sourcing, processing and distribution, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pp. 16-29. ISBN (10): 1-4438-9597-0 / ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-9597-2.

Purzycki, B. G., Henrich, J., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q.D., Baimel, A., Cohen, E., McNamara, R.A., Willard, A.K., Xygalatas, D. Norenzayan, A. (2017). The evolution of religion and morality: a synthesis of ethnographic and experimental evidence from eight societies. Religion, Brain and Behavior.

Ross, R. M., and McKay, R. (2017). Why is belief in God not a delusion? Religion, Brain and Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249917

Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J. and Whitehouse, H. (2017). Rituals improve children's ability to delay gratification. Child Development.

Savage, P. E., Tierney, A. T. and Patel, A. D. (2017). Global music recordings support the motor constraint hypothesis for human and avian song contour. Music Perception 34 (3), 327-34.

Savage, P. E. (2017). “Deep diversity” and other reflections on the inaugural Cultural Evolution Society conference. Seshat: Global History Databank blog. (

Schofield, D. P., McGrew, W. C., Takahashi, A., & Hirata, S. (2017). Cumulative culture in nonhumans: overlooked findings from Japanese monkeys? Primates, 1-10.

van Mulukom, V. (2017). Remembering Religious Rituals: Autobiographical Memories of High-Arousal Religious Rituals Considered from a Narrative Processing Perspective. Religion, Brain & Behavior.

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Whitehouse, H. and François, P. (2017). Ritual, Emotion, and Power. In M. L. Bailey and K. Barclay (eds.) Emotions, Ritual, and Power. Palgrave Macmillan.

Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M.D., Gómez, Á., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C., Newson, M., Matthews, M., Lanman, J.A., McKay, R. and Gavrilets, S., (2017) The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiences. Scientific Reports, 7, p.srep44292.



Bluemke, M., Jong, J., Grevenstein, D., Mikloušić, I., & Halberstadt, J. (2016). Measuring cross-cultural supernatural beliefs with self and peer reports. PLOS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164291

Brennan, R., Feeney, K., Mendel-Gleason, G., Bozic, B., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., François, P., Currie, T. E., & Grohmann, S. (2016). Building the Seshat ontology for a global history databank. In H. Sack, E. Blomqvist, M. d’Aquin, C. Ghidini, S. P. Ponzetto, & C. Lange (Eds.), The Semantic Web: Latest Advancements and New Domains. 13th European Semantic Web Conference, Proceedings, 693-708. New York: Springer.

Carvalho, S. (2016). Standing on the shoulders of giants: The contribution of Cláudia Sousa for the foundation of primate archaeology. In M. Fernandes, A. Frazão-Moreira, K. J. Hockings & F. Alves Cardoso (eds.) Special Issue: Apes, People and Nature. The legacy of Cláudia Sousa. Etnográfica 20 (3): 648-52.

Dunbar, R. I. M., Launay, J. and Curry, O. S. (2016). The Complexity of Jokes Is Limited by Cognitive Constraints on Mentalizing. Human Nature 27 (2), 130-40. doi:10.1007/s12110-015-9251-6

Fortunato, L. (2016). Systematic comparative approaches to the archaeological record. In D. Krakauer, J. A. Sabloff & G. West (eds.) Complexity and society: an introduction to complex adaptive systems and human society. Volume in preparation, for submission to Princeton University Press. Preprint available as SFI Working Paper from

Fortunato, L. & Clauset, A. (2016). Revisiting the effect of red on competition in humans. bioRxiv.

Gavin, O., Kontokostas, D., Koller, A., Davies, J., François, P., Marciniak, A., Bozic, B., Mendel-Gleason, G., Feeney, K., & Brennan, R. (2016). The ALIGNED Project—Aligned, quality-centric software and data engineering driven by semantics. LNCS, 9678.

Halberstadt, J., J. C. Jackson, D. Bilkey, J. Jong, H. Whitehouse, C. McNaughton and S. Zollmann (2016). Incipient Social Groups: An Analysis via In-Vivo Behavioral Tracking. PLoS ONE, 11 (3): e0149880.

Jones, D. and Whitehouse, H. (2016). “Modes of Religiosity.” in Niki Clements (ed.) Mental Religion: The Brain, Cognition, and Culture. MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion. London: MacMillan.

Jong, J. and Halberstadt. J. (2016). Death anxiety and religious belief: an existential psychology of religion. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.

Kavanagh, C. & Nakawake, Y. (2016). Developing the field site concept for the study of cultural evolution: The promise and the perils. Cliodynamics 7 (2), 272-80.    

Kapitány, R., & Nielsen, M. (2016). The ritual stance and the precaution system: the role of goal-demotion and opacity in ritual and everyday actions. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1-16.

Lane, J. (2016). Supernatural Agents: Why We Believe in Souls, Gods, and Buddhas, written by Ilkka Pyysiäinen. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 16(1-2),171-174.

Lyngs, U., Cohen E., Hattori W., Newson M. and Levin D. T. (2016). Hearing in colour: How expectations distort perception of skin tone. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(12), 2068.

McKay, R. T., and H. Whitehouse (2016). Religion promotes a love for thy neighbor. But how big is the neighbourhood? (Commentary on Norenzayan et al.). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39(e20).

Mullins, D. A. (2016). Review of Cultural Evolution: Conceptual Challenges. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M. and Whitehouse, H. (2016) Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion and self-shaping group events. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160427. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160427

Reddish, P., Tong, E. M. W., Jong J., Lanman, J. A. and Whitehouse, H. (2016). Collective synchrony increases prosociality towards non-performers and out-group members. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Tunçgenç, B. (2016). Commentary: A Construct Divided: Prosocial Behavior as Helping, Sharing, and Comforting Subtypes. Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 491.

Tunçgenç, B. and Cohen, E. (2016). Movement synchrony forges social bonds across group divides. Frontiers in Psychology 7 (782). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00782.

Tunçgenç, B. and Cohen, E. (2016). Interpersonal movement synchrony facilitates pro-social behaviour in children’s peer-play. Developmental Science [online before press].

Whitehouse, H., P. François, and P. Turchin (2015). Can there be a science of history? Response to commentaries on “The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five Predictions and a Drum Roll”. Cliodynamics 6(2): 214-16.



Cohen, E., Tunçgenç, B., & Fawcett, C. (2015). Rock with me: The role of action synchrony in infants’ social and non-social choices. Child Development,86(3), 976-984

Cohen, E., Tunçgenç, B., & Fawcett, C. (2015). Rock with me: The role of action synchrony in infants’ social and non-social choices. Child Development,86(3), 976-984

Currie, Thomas E., Amy Bogaard, Rudolf Cesaretti, Neil R. Edwards, Pieter François, Phillip B. Holden, Daniel Hoyer, Andrey Korotayev, Joe Manning, Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia, Oluwole K. Oyebamiji, Cameron Petrie, Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse, and Alice Williams (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.

Dunbar, R. I. M., Jacques Launay, and Oliver Curry (2015). The Complexity of Jokes Is Limited by Cognitive Constraints on Mentalizing. Human Nature, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s12110-015-9251-6

Gaviria, Elena, Carolina Ferreira, Mercedes Martinez and Harvey Whitehouse (2015). Identity and the developmental origins of fusion: an exploratory approach/ La identidad y los origenes de la fusion en el desarrollo: un enfoque exploratorio. Revista de Psicologia Social/ International Journal of Social Psycholog, 30(3), 531-62

Jong, J., H. Whitehouse, C. Kavanagh and J. Lane (2015). Shared negative experience leads to identity fusion via personal reflection. PLoS ONE, 10(12): e0145611

Jackson, J., Halberstadt, J., Jong, J., & Felman, H. (2015). Perceived openness to experience accounts for religious homogamy. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550615574302.

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

Lane, J. (2015). Rethinking Complexity and Culture: Cognitive Science as Explanatory Framework for Cultural Phenomena. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 15(5), 435-441.

Merker, B., Morley, I. & Atema, W. (2015) Five fundamental constraints on theories of the origins of music. In H. Honing, C.ten Cate, I. Peretz & S. Trehub (eds.): Biology, Cognition and Origins of Musicality, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Theme Issue, Feb. 2015.

Pietraszewski, D., Curry, O. S., Petersen, M. B., Cosmides, L., & Tooby, J. (2015). Constituents of political cognition: Race, party politics, and the alliance detection system. Cognition, 140(0), 24-39. doi:

Salali, Gul Deniz, Harvey Whitehouse, and Michael E. Hochberg (2015). A Life-Cycle Model of Human Social Groups Produces a U-Shaped Distribution in Group Size. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138496. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138496 9

Trehub, S., Becker, J. & Morley, I. (2015) Cross-cultural perspectives on music and musicality. In H. Honing, C.ten Cate, I. Peretz & S. Trehub (eds.): Biology, Cognition and Origins of Musicality, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Theme Issue, Feb. 2015.

Turchin, Peter, Rob Brennan, Thomas E. Currie, Kevin C. Feeney, Pieter François, Daniel Hoyer, J. G. Manning, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Daniel Mullins, Alessio Palmisano, Peter Peregrine, Edward A. L. Turner, and Harvey Whitehouse (2015). Seshat: The Global History Databank. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution 6(1): 77-107.

Watson-Jones, Rachel E., Harvey Whitehouse, and Cristine H. Legare (2015). In-group ostracism increases high fidelity imitation in early childhood. Psychological Science.

Whitehouse, H., P. François and P. Turchin (2015). The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five predictions and a drum roll. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(2): 2372-7530.

Whitehouse, H. (2015). K. Almqvist & A. Linklater (eds.) Religion: Perspectives from the Engelsberg seminar 2014. Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 261-70.



Buhrmester, M., W.T Fraser, J. A. Lanman, H. Whitehouse and W. B. Swann (2014) When Terror Hits Home: Fused Americans saw Boston bombing victims as ‘family’ and rushed to their aid. Self and Identity. Identity, DOI:10.1080/15298868.2014.992465

Cole, P. and B. McQuinn (eds.) (2015). The Libyan revolution and its aftermath (London: Hurst; New York: Oxford University Press).

Cole, P. and B. McQuinn. (2015) . Introduction: the politics of revolution and uprising, in Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn (eds.), The Libyan revolution and its aftermath (London: Hurst; New York: Oxford University Press).

Cross, I, and Morley, I. (2014) Muzyka i ewolucja: natura dowodów naukowych (Music and evolution: the nature of the evidence) in P. Podlipniak & P. Przybysz  (eds.), Laboratorium mysli muzycznej II: Neuroestetyka muzyki (The Musical Thought Laboratory, Vol. II: Neuroaesthetics of Music). Poznań Society for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences, Poland.

Halberstadt, J., and Jong, J. (2014). Scaring the bejesus into people: the role of religious belief in managing implicit and explicit anxiety. In J. Forgas and E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), Motivation and its regulation: the control within (pp. 331—350). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

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. Vol (2).

Jong, J., and A. Visala (2014). Three quests for human nature: some philosophical reflections. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences. Vol1(2),  146-171.

Madden, F. and B. McQuinn. (2014). ‘Conservation Conflict Transformation: Addressing the Missing Link in Wildlife Conservation,’ Biological Conservation, 178, 55-67.

Madden, F., B. McQuinn and J. Stien. (2014). ‘Conservation Conflict Transformation: Addressing the Missing Link in Wildlife Conservation,’ in Redpath, Steve, Young, Juliette, Gutierrez, Ralph and Wood, Kevin (eds.) Conflicts in Conservation. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

McKay, Ryan and H. Whitehouse (2014). Religion and Morality. Psychological Bulletin. Advance online publication.

McQuinn, B. (in press for 2015). History’s Warriors: the emergence of revolutionary brigades in Misrata', in Peter Cole and Brian McQuinn (eds.), The Libyan revolution and its aftermath (London: Hurst; New York: Oxford University Press).

Morley, I. (2014) A multi-disciplinary approach to the origins of music: perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, cognition and behaviour. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 92, p. 147-177.

Russell, Y., Gobet, F. and Harvey Whitehouse (Published online: 18 Jun 2014). Mood, Expertise, Analogy, and Ritual: an experiment using the five-disc Tower of Hanoi. In Religion, Brain, and Behavior.

Whitehouse, Harvey & Lanman, J. A. (2014). The Ties that Bind Us: Ritual, fusion, and identification. Current Anthropology, 55(6): 674-695.

Whitehouse, H., McQuinn, B. , Buhrmester, M. and  Swann , W.B. (2014). Brothers in arms: Libyan revolutionaries bond like family. PNAS, 111 (50): 17783 – 17785.

Whitehouse, Harvey (2014). Libyan bands of brothers show how deeply humans bond in adversity



Bulbulia, J., Geertz, A. W., Atkinson, Q. D.,  Cohen, E., Henrich, J., Norenzayan, A., Slingerland, E.,  Whitehouse, H., Widlok, T. and Sloan Wilson, D. (2013).  The Cultural Evolution of Religion. In Cultural Evolution: Strüngmann Forum Reports, Vol. 12, ed. Peter Richerson and Morton Christiansen. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Cohen, E., Mundry, R and Kirschner, S. (2013). ‘Religion, Synchrony and cooperation’, Religion, Brain and Behavior online (1 February 2013). 

Cohen, E. & Haun, D. (2013). The development of tag-based cooperation via a socially acquired trait, Evolution and Human Behavior, 34 (3), 230-235.

Cohen, E. (2013). Who owns culture now? In Theory and method in the study of religion: twenty-five years on, ed. A.W. Hughes, 129-133. Brill: Leiden.

Curry, O. S. (2014). What scientific idea is in need of retirement? Associationism. The 2014 Edge Question, from

Curry, O. S., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2013). Sharing a joke: The effects of a similar sense of humor on affiliation and altruism. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(2), 125-129.

Curry, O.S., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2013). Do birds of a feather flock together? The effects of similarity on altruism in a social network. Human Nature.

Curry, O.S., Roberts, S. G. B., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2013). Altruism in social networks: Evidence for a ‘kinship premium’. British Journal of Psychology, 104(2): 283-295.

Dawes, G., and Jong, J. (2014). Defeating the Christian’s claim to warrant. Philo, 15 (2), 127-144.

Gavrilets, S and Fortunato, L. (2014)  A solution to the collective action problem in between-group conflict with within-group inequality. Nature Communications 5.

Harrison, J. & McKay, R. (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, 25-40.

Herrmann, P. A., Legare, C. H., Harris, P. L., and Whitehouse, H. (2013). Stick to the script: the effect of witnessing multiple actors on children’s imitation. Cognition, 129, 536-543.

Jong, J., and A. Visala. (2014) Evolutionary debunking arguments against theism, reconsidered. Int J Philos Relig (online).

Joseph Bulbulia, Armin W. Geertz, Quentin D. Atkinson, Emma Cohen, NicholasEvans, Pieter Francois, Herbert Gintis, Russell D. Gray, Joseph Henrich, Fiona M.Jordon, Ara Norenzayan, Peter J. Richerson, Edward Slingerland, Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse, Thomas Widlok, and David S. Wilson (2013). The CulturalEvolution of Religion. In P. J. Richerson & M. H. Christiansen. (eds.) CulturalEvolution:   Society,   Technology,   Language,   and   Religion   (Strungmann   ForumReports). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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

Morley, I. (2013) The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archaeology, and the Origins of Musicality. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Morley, I. (2014) A multi-disciplinary approach to the origins of music: perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, cognition and behaviour. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 92, 147 – 177.

Mullins, D., Whitehouse, H. and 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.

Petersen, M. B., Aarøe, L., Jensen, N. H., and Curry, O. (2013). Social Welfare and the Psychology of Food Sharing: Short-Term Hunger Increases Support for Social Welfare. Political Psychology.

Watson-Jones, R. , C. H. Legare, H. Whitehouse and J. Clegg (2014). Task-specific effects of ostracism on imitation of social convention in early childhood. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35 (3), 204-210.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Religion, cohesion, and hostility. In Steve Clarke, Russell Powell and Julian Savulescu (eds.) Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, Oxford University Press.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Immortality, Creation, and Regulation: Updating Durkheim’s Theory of the Sacred. In Dimitris Xygalatas, and Lee W. McCorkle (eds.) Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion. Durham: Acumen.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Ritual and acquiescence to authoritative discourse.  Religion, Brain and Behavior 3 (1), 2013, 76-79.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Rethinking Proximate Causation and Development in Religious Evolution. In Peter J. Richerson and Morten H. Christiansen Cultural Evolution: Society, Techonology, Language, and Religion, The MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 2013, pp. 349-363.

Whitehouse, H., W. Swann, G. Ingram, K. Prochownik, J. Lanman, T. M. Waring, et al (2013). Three Wishes for the World (with comment). Cliodynamics, 4 (2).

Whitehouse, H and B. McQuinn (2013). Ritual and Violence: Divergent modes of religiosity and armed struggle, In M. Juergensmeyer M. Kitts and M. Jerryson Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2013, pp. 597 - 619.


death anxiety and religious belief


Modes of Religiosity


Religion, Anthropology and Cognitive Science


Theorizing Religions Past


Ritual and Memory


the debated mind


arguments and icons


inside the cult


The Mind Possessed