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2017

Jong, J., Ross, R., Philip, T., Chang, S. H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (2017) The religious correlates of death anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Religion, Brain & Behavior
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Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M. D., Gómez, A., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C. M., Newson, M., Matthews, M., Lanman, J. A., McKay, R., & Gavrilets, S. (2017) The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiences. Scientific Reports 7: 44292
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Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J. and Whitehouse, H. (2017). Rituals Improve Children’s Ability to Delay Gratification. Child Development.
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Brewer, J., Gelfand, M., Jackson, J. C., MacDonald, I. F., Peregrine, P. N.,  Richerson, P. J., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., & Wilson D. S. (2017). Grand challenges for the study of cultural evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1.
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2016

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, pp. 693-708. New York: Springer.
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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.
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Halberstadt, J., Jackson, J. C., Bilkey, D., Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., McNaughton, C., & Zollman, S. (2016). Incipient social groups: an analysis via in-vivo behavioral tracking. PLOS One, 11(3), 215–228.
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McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Religion promotes a love for thy neighbor: But how big is the neighbourhood? (Commentary on Norenzayan et al.). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39.
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Newson, M., Buhrmester, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion in shaping group events. PLOS One, 11(8).
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Watson-Jones, R. E., Whitehouse, H., & Legare, C. H. (2016). In-group ostracism increases high fidelity imitation in early childhood. Psychological Science, 27(1), 34-42.
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Wilson, D.S., Hartberg, Y., MacDonald, I., Lanman, J.A. & Whitehouse, H. (2016). The nature of religious diversity: A cultural ecosystem approach. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
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2015

Currie, T.E., Bogaard, A., Cesaretti, R., Edwards, N. R., François, P., Holden, P., Hoyer, D. … Whitehouse, H., & Williams, A. (2015). Agricultural productivity in past societies: Toward an empirically informed model for testing cultural evolutionary hypotheses. Cliodynamics, 6(1), 24-56.
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Gaviria, E., Ferreira, C., Martínez, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Identity and the developmental origins of fusion: An explanatory approach. Revista de Psicología Social, 30(3), 531-562.
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Jackson, J., Halberstadt, J., Jong, J., & Felman, H. (2015). Perceived openness to experience accounts for religious homogamy.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12.
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Jiménez, J., Gómez, Á., Buhrmester, M. D., Vázquez, A., Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W. B. J. (2015). The dynamic identity fusion index (DIFI): A new continuous measure of identity fusion for Web-based questionnaires. Social Science Computer Review, 34(2), 215–228.
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Jong, J. (2015). On (not) defining (non)religion. Science, Religion and Culture, 2, 15-24.
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Jong, J., Kavanagh, C., & Visala, A. (2015). Born idolaters: The limits of the philosophical implications of the cognitive science of religion. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Relionsphilosophie, 57, 244-266.
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Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., Kavanagh, C., & Lane, J. (2015). Shared negative experiences lead to identity fusion via personal reflection. PLOS One, 10(12).
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Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning. Cognition, 142, 351-361.
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McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Religion and morality. Psychological Bulletin, 141(2), 447-473.
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Salali, G. D., Whitehouse, H., & Hochberg, M. E. (2015). A life-cycle model of human social groups produces a U-shaped distribution in group size. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0138496.
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Whitehouse, H. (2015). Explaining religion and ritual. In K. Almqvist, & A. Linklater (Eds.), Religion: Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar 2014 (pp. 261-270). Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
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Whitehouse, H., François, P., & Turchin, P. (2015). The role of ritual in the evolution of social complexity: Five predictions and a drum roll. Cliodynamics, 6(2).
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Whitehouse, H., & Turchin, P. (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).
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2014

Alogna, V. K., Attaya, M. K., Aucoin, P., Bahnik, S., Birch, S., Birt, A. R. … Jong, J., et al. (2014). Registered replication report: Schooler and Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9(5), 556-578.
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Buhrmester, M. D., Fraser, W. T., Lanman, J. A., Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W. B. J. (2014). When terror hits home: Identity fused Americans who saw Boston bombing victims as “family” provided aid. Self & Identity, 2.
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Halberstadt, J., & Jong, J. (2014). Scaring the bejesus into people: The role of religious belief in managing implicit and explicit anxiety. In J. P. Forgas & E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), The control within: Motivation and its regulation (pp. 331–350). New York: Pyschology Press.
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Jong, J., (2014). Ernest Becker’s psychology of religion: A view from social cognitive psychology. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 49, 875-889.
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Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Evolutionary argument debunking arguments against theism, reconsidered. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 76(3), 243-258.
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Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Three quests for human nature: Some philosophical reflections. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1(2), 146-171.
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Kiper, J., & Sosis, R. (2014). Moral intuitions and the religious system: An adaptionist account. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1(2), 172-199.
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Russell, Y. I., Gobet, F., & Whitehouse, H. (2014). Mood, expertise, analogy, and ritual: An experiment using the five-disc Tower of Hanoi. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
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Watson-Jones, R., 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(3), 204-210.
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Whitehouse, H., & Lanman, J. A. (2014). The ties that bind us: Ritual, fusion, and identification. Current Anthropology, 55(6), 674-695.
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Whitehouse, H., McQuinn, B., Buhrmester, M. D., & Swann, W. B. (2014). Brothers in arms: Libyan revolutionaries bond like family. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(50), 17783-17785.
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2013

Bulbubia, J., Geertz, A. W., Atkinson, Q. D., Cohen, E., Evans, N., François, P., … Wilson, D. S. (2013). The cultural evolution of religion. In P. J. Richerson & M. H. Christiansen, Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion (pp. 381–404). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Curry, O., 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.
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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.
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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(3), 536-543.
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Hochberg, M. E. & Whitehouse, H. (2013). To understand present day cultures we must study the past: A commentary on David Sloan Wilson. Cliodynamics, 4, 126-128.
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Jong, J. (2013). Explaining religion (away?): Theism and the cognitive science of religion. Sophia, 52, 521-533.
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Jong, J. (2013). Implicit measures in the experimental psychology of religion. In G. W. Dawes & J. Maclaurin (Eds.), A New Science of Religion (pp. 65–79). London: Routledge.
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Jong, J. (2013). On faith and the fear of fatality: A review of recent research on death and dieties. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1, 191-214.
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Jong, J., Bluemke, M., & Halberstadt, J. (2013). Fear of death and supernatural beliefs: Developing a new Supernatural Belief Scale to test the relationship. European Journal of Personality, 27(5), 495-506.
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Jordan, F., Van Schaik, C., François, P., Gintis, H., Haun, D., Hruschka, D., Janssen, M., Kitts, J., Lehmann, L. Mathew, S., Richardson, P., Turchin, P., & Wiessner, P. (2013). Cultural evolution of the structure of human groups. In P. Richerson & M. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion, pp. 87-116. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Catholic guilt? Recall of confession promotes prosocial behavior. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3(3), 201-209.
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Mullins, D. A., Whitehouse, H., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). The role of writing and recordkeeping in the cultural evolution of human cooperation. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 90, Supplement, June 2013: S141-S151.
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Whitehouse, H. (2013). Explaining ritual. In G. W. Dawes & J. Maclaurin (Eds.), A New Science of Religion (pp. 81–99). London: Routledge.
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Whitehouse, H. (2013). Immortality, creation, and regulation: Updating Durkheim’s theory of the sacred. In D. Xygalatas, & L. W. McCorkle (Eds.), Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion (pp. 66-79). Durham: Acumen.
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Whitehouse, H. (2013). Religion, cohesion, and hostility. In S. Clarke, R. Powell, & J. Savulescu (Eds.), Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Invesitgation (pp. 36-47). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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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 (pp. 349–363). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2013). Ritual and acquiescence to authoritative discourse. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3(1), 76-79.
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Whitehouse, H. (2013). Three wishes for the world (with comment). Cliodynamics, 4(2).
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Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., Hodder, I., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). Modes of religiosity and the evolution of social complexity at Çatalhöyük. In I. Hodder. (Ed.), Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters (pp. 134-158). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Whitehouse, H., & McQuinn, B. (2013). Divergent modes of religiosity and armed struggle. In M. Juergensmeyer, M. Kitts, & M. Jerryson (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence (pp. 597–619). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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2012

Curry, O., & Chesters, M. J. (2012). “Putting ourselves in the other fellow’s shoes”: The role of “theory of mind” in solving coordination problems. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 12(1-2), 147-159.
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Dawes, G. & Jong, J. (2012). Defeating the Christian’s claim to warrant. Philo, 15, 127-144.
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Jong, J., Halberstadt, J., & Bluemke, M. (2012). Foxhole atheism, revisited: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(5), 983-989.
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Swann Jr., W. B., Jetten, J., Gómez, Á., Whitehouse, H., & Bastian, B. (2012). When group membership gets personal: A theory of identity fusion. Psychological Review, 119(3), 441-456.
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Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., François, P., Slingerland, E., & Collard, M. (2012). A historical database of sociocultural evolution. Cliodynamics, 3(2).
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Whitehouse, H. (2012). Cognition, evolution and the future of social anthropology. In R. Fardon, O. Harris, T. H. J. Marchand, C. Shore, V. Strang, R. A. Wilson, & M. Nuttall (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology, vol. 2 (pp. 234-242). Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
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Whitehouse, H. (2012). Religious universals and religious variation. In T. Biro & I. Czachesz (Eds.), Changing Minds: Religion and Cognition Through the Ages. Leuven: Peeters.
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Whitehouse, H. (2012). Ritual, cognition, and evolution. In R. Sun (Ed.), Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences (pp. 265–284). Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2012). Whence and whither sociocultural anthropology. In E. Slingerland, & M. Collard (Eds.), Creating Conscilience: Integrating the Sciences and Humanities (pp. 130-139). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Whitehouse, H., & Cohen, E. (2012). Seeking a rapprochement between anthropology and the cognitive sciences: A problem-driven approach. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4 (3), 404-412.
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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.
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2011

Atkinson, Q. D., & Whitehouse, H. (2011). The cultural morphospace of ritual form: Examining modes of religiosity cross-culturally. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(1), 50-62.
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Curry, O., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2011). Altruism in networks: The effect of connections. Biology Letters, 7(5), 651-653.
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Curry, O., Jones-Chesters, N., & Viding E. (2011). The psychopath’s dilemma: The effect of psychopathic personality traits in one-shot games. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 804:809.
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Whitehouse, H. (2011). Religious reflexivity and transmissive frequency. In A. Michaels (Ed.), Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual. Wiesbeden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
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Whitehouse, H. (2011). The coexistence problem in psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary theory. Human Development, 54, 191-199.
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Whitehouse, H. (2011). Whence and wither social anthropology. Annales de la Fondation Fyssen Hors Serie—30e Anniversaire, pp. 19-29.
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Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Ritual community and conflict project. In Çatalhöyük 2011 Archive Report (pp. 152-156). Çatalhöyük Research Project.
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2010

Atkinson, Q. D., & Whitehouse, H. (2010). The cultural morphospace of ritual form: Examining modes of religiosity cross-culturally. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(1), 50-62.
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McKay, R., Efferson, C., Whitehouse, H., & Fehr, E. (2010). Wrath of God: Religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1858-1863.
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Whitehouse, H., & Hodder, I. (2010). Modes of religiosity at Çatalhöyük. In I. Hodder. (Ed.), Religion in the Emergence of Civilization: Çatalhöyük as a Case Study(pp. 122-145). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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2009

Whitehouse, H. (2009). Graeco-Roman religions and the cognitive science of religion. In L. H. Martin, & P. Pachis (Eds.), Imagistic Traditions in the Graeco-Roman World (pp. 1-13). Thessaloniki: Vanias.
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2008

Cohen, E., Lanman, J., McCauley, R. N., & Whitehouse, H. (2008). ‘Common criticisms of cognitive science of religion—Answered.’ Invited paper for special edition of the Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, 37(4), 112-115.
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Curry, O., Price, M. E., & Price, J. G. (2008). Patience is a virtue: Cooperative people have lower discount rates. Personality and Individual Differences, 44(3), 778-783.
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Whitehouse, H. (2008). Cognitive evolution and religion: Cognition and religious evolution. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology, 3(3), 35-47.
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Whitehouse, H. (2008). Cognitive evolution and religion: Cognition and religious evolution. In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, E. Harris, R. Genet, C. Genet, & K. Wyman (Eds.), The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques (pp. 19-29). Santa Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2008). Modes of religiosity. The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 37(4), 108-112.
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2007

Whitehouse, H. (2007). Introduction. In Whitehouse, H. & Laidlaw, J. (Eds.), Religion, Anthropology and Cognitive Science, pp. 3-36. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2007). The evolution of history and religion. In D. Parkin, & S. Ulijaszek (Eds.), Holistic Anthropology:Emergence and Convergence (pp. 212-233). Oxford: Berghahn Books.
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Whitehouse, H. (2007). Towards an integration of ethnography, history and the cognitive science of religion. In H. Whitehouse, & J. Laidlaw (Eds.), Religion, Anthropology and Cognitive Science (pp. 247-280). Durham, Carolina Academic Press.
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2006

Whitehouse, H. (2006). Appropriated and monolithic Christianity in Melanesia. In F. Cannell (Ed.), The Anthropology of Christianity (pp. 295-307). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2006). Cognition et religion. In G. Fussman (Ed.), Croynce, Raison et Déraison (pp. 83-110). Paris: Odile Jacob Editions.
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Whitehouse, H. (2006). Terror. In Corrigan, J. (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (pp. 259-275). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2006). Transmission. In Stausberg, M. (Ed.), Theorizing Rituals: Issues, Topics, Approaches, Concepts (pp. 657-669). Leiden: Brill.
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2005

Richert, R. A., Whitehouse, H., & Stewart, E. (2005). Memory and analogical thinking in high-arousal rituals. In H. Whitehouse, & R. N. McCauley (Eds.), Mind and Religion: Psycholigical and Cognitive Foundations of Religiosity (pp. 127-146). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2005). Cognitive historiography: When science meets art. Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 31(2), 307-318.
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Whitehouse, H. (2005). Emotion, memory, and religious rituals: An assessment of two theories. In K. Milton, & M. Svasek (Eds.), Mixed Emotions: Anthropological Studies of Feeling (pp. 91-108). Oxford: Berg.
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Whitehouse, H. (2005). The cognitive foundations of religiosity. In H. Whitehouse, & R.N. McCauley (Eds.), Mind and Religion: Psychological and Cognitive Foundations of Religiosity (pp. 207-243). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
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Whitehouse, H., & McCauley, R. N. (2005). New frontiers in the cognitive science of religion. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 5, 1-13.
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2004

Whitehouse, H. (2004). Modes of religiosity and the cognitive science of religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 16(3), 321-335.
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Whitehouse, H. (2004). Theorizing religions past. In H. Whitehouse, & L. H. Martin (Eds.), Theorizing Religions Past: Archaeology, History, and Cognition (pp. 215-232). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
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Whitehouse, H. (2004). Toward a comparative anthropology of religion. In H. Whitehouse, & J. Laidlaw (Eds.), Ritual and Memory: Toward a Comparative Anthropology of Religion, pp. 187-205. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
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2003

Whitehouse, H. (2003). Why do we need cognitive theories of religion? In T. Light, & B. C. Wilson (Eds.), Religion as a Human Capacity: A Fetschrift in Honor of E. Thomas Lawson (pp. 65-88). Boston: Brill.
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2002

Whitehouse, H. (2002). Conjectures, refutations, and verification: Towards a testable theory of modes of religiosity. Journal of Ritual Studies, 16(2), 44-59.
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Whitehouse, H. (2002). Implicit and explicit knowledge in the domain of ritual. In V. Antonnen, & I. Pyysiainen (Eds.), Cognition and Religion: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (pp. 133-152). London: Continuum.
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Whitehouse, H. (2002). Modes of religiosity: A cognitive explanation of the sociopolitical dynamics of religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 14(3), 293-315.
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Whitehouse, H. (2002). Religious reflexivity and transmissive frequency. Social Anthropology, 10(1), 91-103.
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2001

Whitehouse, H. (2001). Transmissive frequency, ritual, and exegesis. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 1(2), 167-182.
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2000

Whitehouse, H. (1996). Cultural cognition and psychopathology: Anthropological perspectives. In J. Schumaker, & T. Ward (Eds.), Cultural Cognition and Psychopathology. Westport: Greenwood.
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Whitehouse, H. (2000). Ordine e disordine nella religione Melanesian. Etnosistemi, 7, 28-36.
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1998

Whitehouse, H. (1998). From mission to movement: The impact of Christianity on patterns of political association in Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 4(1), 43-63.
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1996

Whitehouse, H. (1996). Apparitions, orations, and rings: Experience of spirits in Dadul. In A. Howard, & J. Mageo (Eds.), Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind (pp. 173-193). London: Routledge.
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Whitehouse, H. (1996). From possession to apotheosis: Transformation and disguise in the leadership of a cargo movement. In R. Feenberg, & K. A. Watson-Gegeo (Eds.), Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific (pp. 376-397). London: Athlone.
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Whitehouse, H. (1996). Jungles and computers: Neuronal group selection and the epidemiology of representations. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1(1), 99-116.
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Whitehouse, H. (1996). Rites of terror: Emotion, metaphor, and memory in Melanesian initiation cults. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2(4), 703-715.
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1994

Whitehouse, H. (1994). Strong words and forceful winds: Religious experience and political process in Melanesia. Oceania, 65(1), 40-58.
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1992

Whitehouse, H. (1992). Memorable religions: Transmission, codification, and change in divergent Melanesian contexts. Man, 27(3), 777-797.
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1991

Whitehouse, H. (1991). Cargoism, millennialism, and idealism. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 15.
(1), 70-84.
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Whitehouse, H. (1991). Leaders and logics, persons and polities. History and Anthropology, 6(1), 103-124.
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1989

Whitehouse, H. (1989). The oscillating equilibrium of production among the Mali Baining. Research in Melanesia, 13, 62-67.
Popular Publications

2016

Are We Wired to Believe in a Higher Power?
Jonathan Jong & Francesca Stavrakopoulou
BBC iWonder
What Motivates Extreme Self-Sacrifice?
Harvey Whitehouse
Pacific Standard

2015

Five Surprising Findings About Death and Dying
Jonathan Jong
The Conversation
Religion Ain’t Sexy – But Why?
Jonathan Jong
Huffington Post
The Psychology of Political Differences
Jonathan Jong
Huffington Post
Why We Should Talk More About Death
Jonathan Jong
Huffington Post

2014

2012

Human Rites
Harvey Whitehouse
Aeon