Latest Publications



Atran, S. (2021). The Will to FightScience. DOI: 10.1126/science.abl9949.

Standford, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). Why Do Great and Little Traditions Coexist in the World's Doctrinal Religions? Religion, Brain & Behavior. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2021.1947357.

Lang, M., Xygalatas, D., Kavanagh, C. M., Boccardi, N., Halberstadt, J., Jackson, C., Martínez, M., Reddish, P., Tong, E. M. W., Vázquez, A., Whitehouse, H., Yamamoto, M. E., Yuki, M., & Gomez, A. (2021). Outgroup Threat and the Emergence of Cohesive Groups: A cross-cultural examinationGroup Processes & Intergroup Relations. DOI: 10.1177/13684302211016961.

Meng, X., Nakawake, Y., Hashiya, K., Burdett, E., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). Preverbal infants expect agents exhibiting counterintuitive capacities to gain access to contested resources. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-89821-0.

Coleman, T.J., & Jong, J. (2021). Counting the Nonreligious: A Critical Review of New Measures. In Ai A.L., Wink P., Paloutzian R.F., Harris K.A. (eds.), Assessing Spirituality in a Diverse World. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-52140-0_5.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). United in defeat: shared suffering and group bonding among football fans. Managing Sport and Leisure. DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1866650.

Reese, E., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). The Development of Identity Fusion. Perspectives on Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/1745691620968761.

Turchin, P., Currie, T., Collins, C., Levine, J., Oyebamiji, O., Edwards, N., Holden, P., Hoyer, D., Feeney, K., François, P., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). An Integrative Approach to Estimating Productivity in Past Societies Using Seshat: Global History DatabankThe Holocene. DOI: 10.1177/0959683621994644.

White, F.A., Newson, M., Verrelli, S., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). Pathways to prejudice and outgroup hostility: group alignment and intergroup conflict among football fans. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12773

Newson, M. (2021). High and highly bonded: Fused football fans who use cocaine are most likely to be aggressive towards rivals. International Journal of Drug Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103263.



Buhrmester, M., Zeitlyn, D., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Ritual, fusion, and conflict: The roots of agro-pastoral violence in rural Cameroon. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. DOI: 10.1177/1368430220959705.

Ebner, J. (2020). Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists. London: Bloomsbury.

Jong, J. (2020). Death anxiety and religion. Current Opinion in Psychology. DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.08.004.

Kapitány, R., Kavanagh, C. & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Ritual Morphospace Revisited: The Form, Function and Factor Structure of Ritual Practice. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 375: 20190436. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0436.

Kavanagh, C., & Jong, J. (2020). Is Japan religious? Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 14, 152-180. DOI: 10.1558/jsrnc.39187.

Kavanagh, C. M., Jong, J. & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Ritual and Religion as Social Technologies of Cooperation. In Constance A. Cummings, Laurence J. Kirmayer, Shinobu Kitayama, Robert Lemelson, & Carol M. Worthman (eds.), Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kavanagh, C. M., Kapitány, R., Putra, I. E., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Exploring the Pathways Between Transformative Group Experiences and Identity FusionFrontiers in Psychology, 11:1172. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01172.   

McPhetres, J., Jong, J., Zuckerman, M. (2020). Religious Americans have less positive attitudes toward science, but this does not extend to other cultures. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550620923239.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M., Xygalatas, D., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Go WILD, not WEIRD. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 5.2 (2017/2019) 1–27. DOI: 10.1558/jcsr.38413.

Newson, M., Shiramizu, V., Buhrmester, M. D, ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Devoted fans release more cortisol when watching live soccer matches. Stress and Health. DOI: 10.1002/smi.2924.

Newson, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). The Twinning Project: how football, the beautiful game, can be used to reduce reoffending. Prison Service Journal, 248.

Tasuji, T., Reese, E., van Mulukom, V., and Whitehouse, H. (2020). Band of mothers: Childbirth as a female bonding experience. PLoS ONE, 15(10):e0240175. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240175.

Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., Francois, P.,  Hoyer, D., … & Xie, L. (2020). An introduction to Seshat: Global History Databank. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, JCH 5.1-2 (2018–19). DOI: 10.1558/jch.39395.

Turpin, H. (2020). Catholic Scandal, the Referendum, and the Ongoing Reconfiguration of Irish Moral Stances. In “Making Abortion Legal in Ireland: A Forum on Gender and Democracy” Drazkiewicz, E. & Strong, T. (eds). Social Anthropology / Anthropologie Sociale, 2020, 0 (0), 1-24. DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12914.

Turpin, H. & Stanford, M. Cognitively Informed Ethnography: Using mixed methods to capture the complexity of religious phenomena in two ecologically valid settings. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 5.2 (2017-2019), 1-22. DOI: 10.1558/jcsr.38498.

Whitehouse, H. & Fitzgerald, R. (2020). Fusion and Reform: The Potential for Identity Fusion to Reduce Recidivism and Improve Reintegration. Anthropology in Action, 27(1), 1-13. DOI: 10.3167/aia.2020.270101.

Whitehouse, H., François, P., Savage, P., ... & Turchin, P. (2020). A new era in the study of global history is born but it needs to be nurtured. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, JCH 5.1-2 (2018–19). DOI: 10.1558/jch.39422.

Willard, A. K., Baimel, A., Turpin, H., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Rewarding the good and punishing the bad: The role of karma and afterlife beliefs in shaping moral norms. Evolution and Human Behavior, 41(5), 385-396. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2020.07.001.

Yustisia, W., Putra, I. E., Kavanagh, C., Whitehouse, H., et al. (2020). The Role of Religious Fundamentalism and Tightness-Looseness in Promoting Collective Narcissism and Extreme Group Behavior. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 12(2), 231-240. DOI: 10.1037/rel0000269.​​​​​


Alderdice, Lord, J. (2019). Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism, Part I: Terrorism as Dissolution in a Complex System, & Part II: Fundamentalism, Regression and Repair. In Yakeley, J., & Cundy, P. (eds), Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Fundamentalism, Radicalisation and Terrorism. London: Routledge.

Alderdice, Lord, J. (2019). Ways out of Intractable Conflict. In Williams, R., Kemp, V., Haslam, S. A., Haslam, C., et al. (eds), Social Scaffolding: Applying the Lessons of Contemporary Social Science to Health and Healthcare. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Curry, O. S., Hare, D., ..., Whitehouse, H., & Macdonald, D. W. (2019). Cooperative conservation: Seven ways to save the world. Conservation Science and Practice. DOI: 10.1111/csp2.123.

Curry, O. S., Jones Chesters, M., & Van Lissa, C. J. (2019). Mapping morality with a compass: Testing the theory of ‘morality-as-cooperation’ with a new questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 106-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.10.008.

Curry, O. S., Mullins, D. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2019). Is it good to cooperate? Testing the theory of morality-as-cooperation in 60 societies. Current Anthropology, 60(1), 47-69. DOI: 10.1086/701478.

Davey, J., & Ebner, J. (2019). 'The Great Replacement': The Violent Consequences of Mainstreamed Extremism. London: Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Ebner, J. (2019). Countering (Post-)Digital Hate: What Can Civil Society Do? In Fielitz, M., & Thurston, N. (eds). Back to Front Truths: Opposing the Post Digital Cultures of the Far-Right. Columbia University Press.

Ebner, J. (2019). Replatforming Unreality. MIT Journal of Design and Science, 6.

Kapitány, R., Kavanagh, C., Buhrmester, M. D., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2019). Ritual, identity fusion, and the inauguration of President Trump: A pseudo-experiment of ritual modes theory. Self and Identity. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2019.1578686.

Macdonald, D. W., Johnson, D. D. P., & Whitehouse, H. (2019). Towards a More Natural Governance of Earth's Biodiversity and Resources. Conservation and Society, 17(1), 108-113.

Reddish, P., Tong, E., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2019). Interpersonal synchrony affects performers’ sense of agency. Self and Identity. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2019.1604427.

Ross, R. M., Brown-Iannuzzi, J. L., Gervais, W. M., Jong, J., et al. (2019). Measuring supernatural belief implicitly using the Affect Misattribution Procedure. Religion, Brain and Behavior. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2019.1619620.

Stanford, M. (2019). The Cultural Evolution of Human NatureActa Biotheoretica, 68, 275-285. DOI: 10.1007/s10441-019-09367-7.

Vázquez, A., Ordoñana, J. R., Whitehouse, H., & Gómez, A. (2019). Why die for my sibling? The positive association between identity fusion and imagined loss with endorsement of self-sacrificeRevista de Psicología Social. DOI: 10.1080/02134748.2019.1639343.

Whitehouse, H. (2019). Is religion good or bad for humanity? Epic analysis delivers an answerNew Scientist.

Whitehouse, H., François, P., Cioni, E., ..., & Turchin, P. (2019). Was There Ever an Axial Age? In Hoyer, D., & Reddish, J. (eds.), The Seshat History of the Axial Age. Chaplin, CT: Beresta Books.



Alderdice, Lord, J. (2018). Terror and Terrorism. In Akhtar, S., & Twemlow, S. (eds), The Textbook of Applied Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge.

Alderdice, Lord, J. (2018). Terrorism and the Development of Thinking on Human Rights. In Ferstman, C., Goldberg, A., Gray, A., Ison, E., et al. (eds), Contemporary Human Rights Challenges: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Continuing Relevance. London: Routledge.

Apps, M. A. J., McKay, R., Azevedo, R. T., Whitehouse, H., et al. (2018). Not on my team: Medical prefrontal cortex responses to ingroup fusion and unfair monetary divisionsBrain and Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.1030.

Buhrmester, M. D., Burnham, D., Johnson, D. D. P., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). How moments become movements: Shared outrage, group cohesion, and the lion that went viral. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00054.

Buhrmester, M. D., Newson, M., Vázquez, A., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Winning at any cost: Identity fusion, group essence, and maximizing ingroup advantage. Self and Identity, 17(5), 500-516. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2018.1452788.

Cho, P. S., Escoffier, N., Mao, Y., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Groups and Emotional Arousal Mediate Neural Synchrony and Perceived Ritual Efficacy. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1664-1078. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02071.

Coleman III, T. J., Jong, J., & van Mulukom, V. (2018). Introduction to the Special Issue: What are Religious Beliefs? Contemporary Pragmatism, 15, 279-283. DOI: 10.1163/18758185-01503001.

Crawford, J., Ebner, J., & Usama Hasan, U. (2018). The Balanced Nation: Addressing the Challenges of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism in the Classroom. In Panjwani, F., et al., (eds.). Education and Extremisms. London: Routledge. 

Currie, T. E., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., François, P., et al. (2018). Reply to Tosh et al.: Quantitative analyses of cultural evolution require engagement with historical and archaeological research. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(26), E5841-E5842. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807312115.

Curry, O. S., Rowland, L., Van Lissa, C. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2018.02.014.

Ebner, J., & Davey, J. (2018). Mainstreaming Mussolini: How the Extreme Right Attempted to ‘Make Italy Great Again’ in the 2018 Italian Election. London: Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Feeney, K., Dirschl, C., ... François, P., et al. (2018). Use Cases. In Feeney, K., et al. (eds.), Engineering Agile Big-Data Systems. River Publishers Series in Software Engineering.

François, P., Grohmann, S., Eck, K., Whitehouse, H., et al. (2018). Evaluation. In Feeney, K., et al. (eds.), Engineering Agile Big-Data Systems. River Publishers Series in Software Engineering.

Gantley, M., Whitehouse, H., & Bogaard, A. (2018). Material Correlates Analysis (MCA): An innovative way of examining questions in archaeology using ethnographic data. Advances in Archaeological Practice. DOI: 10.1017/aap.2018.9.

Jackson, J. C., Jong, J., Bilkey, D., Whitehouse, H., et al. (2018). Synchrony and physiological arousal increase cohesion and cooperation in large naturalistic groups. Nature: Scientific Reports, 127. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-18023-4.

Jong, J. (2018). Beliefs are object-attribute associations of varying strength. Contemporary Pragmatism, 15, 284-301. DOI: 10.1163/18758185-01503002.

Kapitány, R., Kavanagh, C., Whitehouse, H., & Nielsen, M. (2018). Examining memory for ritualized gesture in complex causal sequences. Cognition. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.08.005.

Kavanagh, C., Jong, J. McKay, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Positive experiences of high arousal martial arts rituals are linked to identity fusion and costly pro-group actions. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2514.

Mullins, D. A., Hoyer, D., ..., Whitehouse, H., & Turchin, P. (2018). A Systematic Assessment of "Axial Age" Proposals Using Global Comparative Historical Evidence. American Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0003122418772567.

Newson, M., Bortolini, T., Buhrmester, M. D., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Brazil's football warriors: social bonding and inter-group violence. ScienceDirect. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.06.010.

Peregrine, P. N., Brennan, R., Currie, T, ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Dacura: A new solution to data harvesting and knowledge extraction for the historical sciences. Historical Methods. DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2018.1443863.

Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2017). Rituals improve children’s ability to delay gratificationChild Development. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12762.

Spencer, G., & Alderdice, Lord, J. (2018). Forgiveness, the Individual and the Conflict Society. In Hance, S. (ed), Forgiveness in Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Turchin, P., Currie, T. E., Whitehouse, H., François, P., et al. (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 (PNAS), 115(2), E144-E151. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1708800115.

Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., Korotayev, A., François, P., et al. (2018). Evolutionary Pathways to Statehood: Old Theories and New Data. SOCArXiv papers. DOI: 10.31235/

Whitehouse, H. (2018). Dying for the group: Towards a general theory of extreme self-sacrifice. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e192, 1-62. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X18000249.

Whitehouse, H. (2018). Four things we need to know about extreme self-sacrifice. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e192, 44-52. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X1800208X.

Whitehouse, H. (2018). The Dark Side to Loving a Group. In Almqvist, K., & Linklater, A. (eds.), Nations, States, and Empires: Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar 2017. Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Whitehouse, H. (2018). Why is a Science of the Sociocultural so Difficult? In Klostergaard Petersen, A. et al. (eds.), Evolution, Cognition, and the History of Religion: a New Synthesis - Festschrift in Honour of Armin W. Geertz. Brill.

Willard, A. K., Nakawake, Y., & Jong, J. (2018). The evolution of the shaman's cultural toolkit [Commentary]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e89. DOI:



Atran, S. (2017). Radical Islam and the alt-Right are not so different. AEON.

Atran, S., Axelrod, R., Davis, R., & Fischhoff, B. (2017). Challenges in researching terrorism from the field. Science, 355(6323), 352-354. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj2037.

Brewer, J., ..., Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., & Sloan Wilson, D. (2017). Grand Challenges for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0070.

Curry, O. S., Mullins, D. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2017). Is it good to cooperate? Testing the theory of morality-as-cooperation in 60 societiesCurrent Anthropology. DOI: 10.1086/701478.

Davey, J., & Ebner, J. (2017). The Fringe Insurgency. Connectivity, Convergence and Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right. London: Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Ebner, J. (2017). The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism. London/NY: I.B. Tauris.

Ebner, J., & Selig Chauhan, L. (2017). Families Succeed Where Weapons and Security Fail. Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), MENA Office of The World Bank.

Gómez, A., Lopez-Rodriguez, L., Sheikh, H., ..., & Atran, S. (2017). The Devoted Actor’s Will to Fight and the Spiritual Dimension of Human Conflict. Nature Human Behavior, 1(9), 673-679.

Jackson, J., Jong, J., Bluemke, M., Poulter, P., et al. (2017). Testing the causal relationship between religiosity and death anxietyReligion, Brain, and Behavior, 8(1), 57-68. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1238842.

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

Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2017). What is the causal relationship between death anxiety and religious belief? Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 7(4), 296-298. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249916.

Jong, J., Ross, R., Philip, T., Chang, S., et al. (2017). The religious correlates of death anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysisReligion, Brain, and Behavior, 8(1), 4-20. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1238844.

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

Kavanagh, C. (2017). Too much, too little, or the wrong kind of 'theory' in the Study of Religions? Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 30(4-5), 463-471. DOI: 10.1163/15700682-12341439.

Kavanagh, C., & Yuki, M. (2017). Culture & Group ProcessesOnline Readings in Psychology & Culture, 5(4). DOI: 10.9707/2307-0919.1154.

Lanman, J., & Buhrmester, M. D. (2017). Religious actions speak louder than words: CREDs exposure predicts theism. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 7(1), 3-16. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2015.1117011

Newson, M. (2017). Football, fan violence, and identity fusion. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690217731293.

Vázquez, A., ..., Ordoñana, J., Swann, W., & Whitehouse, H. (2017). Sharing genes fosters identity fusion and altruismSelf and Identity, 16(6), 684-702. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2017.1296887.

Whitehouse, H. (2017). Twenty-Five Years of CSR: A Personal Retrospective. In Martin, L. H., & Wiebe, D. (eds.), The Cognitive Science of Religion after Twenty-Five Years. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Whitehouse, H., & François, P. (2017). Ritual, Emotion, and Power. In Bailey, M. L., & Barclay, K. (eds.), Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200-1920. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M. D., Gavrilets, S., et al. (2017). The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiencesNature: Scientific Reports 7, 44292. DOI: 10.1038/srep44292.



Atran, S. (2016). The Devoted Actor: Unconditional Commitment and Intractable Conflict Across Cultures. Current Anthropology, 57(S13), S192-S203. DOI: 10.1086/685495.

Bluemke, M., Jong, J., Grevenstein, D., Mikloušić, I., et al. (2016). Measuring cross-cultural supernatural beliefs with self and peer reportsPLOS One, 11(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164291.

François, P., Manning, J. G., Whitehouse, H., ..., & Turchin, P. (2016). A Macroscope for Global History: Seshat Global History Databank, a methodological overview. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10(4).

Halberstadt, J., Jackson, J. C., Bilkey, D., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Incipient social groups: an analysis via in-vivo behavioral trackingPLOS One, 11(3), 215-228. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149880.

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

McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Religion promotes a love for thy neighbour. But how big is the neighbourhood? (Commentary on Norenzayan et al.) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39(20). DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15000503.

Nawaz, M., & Ebner, J. (2016). The EU and Terrorism: Is the UK Safer in or Out? The EU in A Changing Europe, King’s College London.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M. D., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion in shaping group eventsPLOS One, 11(8). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160427.

Reddish, P., Tong, E. M. W., Jong, J., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Collective synchrony increases prosociality towards non-performers and outgroup members. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 722-738. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12165.

Russell, J., Ebner, J., et al. (2016). Engaging Families to Counter Violent Extremism in North Africa: Opportunities and Challenges. Quilliam Foundation.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Whitehouse, H., & Legare, C. H. (2016). In-group ostracism increases high fidelity imitation in early childhoodPsychological Science, 27(1) 34-42. DOI: 10.1177/0956797615607205.

Whitehouse, H. (2016). Ritual and Social Evolution: Understanding social complexity through data. In Bozic, B. et al. (eds.), Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 482. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46224-0 1.

Wilson, D. S., Hartberg, Y., MacDonald, I., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Cultural diversity really is like biological diversity: reply to comments on The Nature of Religious Diversity: A Cultural Ecosystem Approach (including Target Article). Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 7(2), 169-174, DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2015.1132253

Wilson, D. S., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Developing the Field Site Concept for the Study of Cultural EvolutionCliodynamics, 7(2). DOI: 10.21237/C7clio7233542.

Young, H., Ebner, J., et al. (2016). Evidence-Based Policy Advice. Terrorism and Radicalisation (TERRA), European Commission.



Buhrmester, M. D., Fraser, W. T., ..., Whitehouse, H., & Swann Jr., W.B. (2015). When Terror Hits Home: Identity Fused Americans Who Saw Boston Bombing Victims as “Family” Provided Aid. Self and Identity, 14:3, 253-270. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2014.992465.

Currie, T. E., Bogaard, A., ..., 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), pp. 24-56.

Deniz Salali, G., 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.

Gaviria, E., Ferreira, C., Martínez, M., & Whitehouse H. (2015). Identity and the Developmental Origins of Fusion: An Exploratory Approach / La Identidad y Los Orígenes de la Fusion en el Desarrollo: Un Enfoque Exploratorio. Revista de Psicología Social / International Journal of Social Psychology, 30(3), 531-62.

Jiménez, J., Gómez, A., ..., Whitehouse, H., & 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. DOI: 10.1177/0894439314566178.

Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., Kavanagh, K., & Lane, J. (2015). Shared Negative Experiences Lead to Identity Fusion via Personal Reflection. PLoS ONE, 10(12), e0145611. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145611.

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse H. (2015). Imitative Flexibility and the Development of Cultural Learning. Cognition, 142, 351-361. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.020.

Turchin, P. (2015). Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth. Connecticut: Beresta Books.

Turchin, P., Brennan, R., Currie, T., ..., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Seshat: The Global History Databank. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 6(1), 77-107.

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

Whitehouse, H., François, P., & Turchin, P. (2015). The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five Predictions and a Drum Roll. Social Evolution Forum.



McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2014). Religion and Morality. Psychological Bulletin.

Russell, Y. I., Gobet, F., & Whitehouse, H. (2014). Mood, expertise, analogy, and ritual: an experiment using the five-disk Tower of HanoiReligion, Brain & Behavior, 6(1).

Watson-Jones, R., Legare, C. H., Whitehouse, H., & and Clegg, J. (2014). Task-Specific Effects of Ostracism on Imitative Fidelity in Early Childhood. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(3), 204-210.

Whitehouse, H., & Lanman, J. A. (2014). The Ties that Bind Us: Ritual, Fusion, and Identification. Current Anthropology, 55(6).

Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., Hodder, I., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). Modes of Religiosity and the Evolution of Social Complexity at Çatalhöyük. In Hodder, I. (ed.), Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters. Cambridge: CUP.

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), 17702-17703.



Bulbulia, J., ..., Atkinson, Q. D., ..., Whitehouse, H., ..., & Wilson, D. S. (2013). The Cultural Evolution of Religion. In Richerson, P. J., & Christiansen, M. H. (eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion (Strungmann Forum Reports). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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, 536-543.

Hochberg, M. E. & Whitehouse, H. (2013). To Understand Present Day Cultures We Must Study the Past: a Commentary on David Sloan Wilson. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 4:126-128.  

McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Catholic Guilt? Recall of Confession Promotes Prosocial Behavior. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 3(3), 201-209.

Mullins, D., Whitehouse, H., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). The Role of Writing and Recordkeeping in the Cultural Evolution of Human Cooperation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(Supplement), S141-S151.

Turchin, P., Currie, T. E., Turner, E. A. L., & Gavrilets, S. (2013). War, Space, and the Evolution of Old World Complex SocietiesPNAS, 110, 16384-16389.

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

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Religion, Cohesion, and Hostility. In Clarke, S., Powell, R., & Savulescu, J. (eds.), Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation. Oxford University Press.

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

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Ritual and Acquiescence to Authoritative Discourse. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 3(1), 76-79.

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Three Wishes for the World (with comment). Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 4(2).

Whitehouse, H., & McQuinn, B. (2013). Ritual and Violence: Divergent Modes of Religiosity and Armed Struggle. In Juergensmeyer, M., Kitts, M., & Jerryson, M. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Swann, W. B., Jensen, J., ..., Whitehouse, H., & Bastian, B. (2012). When Group Membership Gets Personal: A Theory of Identity Fusion. Psychological Review, 119(3), 441-456.

Turchin, P., Whitehouse, H., François, P., ..., & Collard, M. (2012). A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History, 3(2), 271-293.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Cognition, Evolution and the Future of Social Anthropology. In Fardon, R., Harris, O., Marchand, T. H. J., et al. (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology. SAGE Publications: London.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Explaining Ritual. In Dawes, G., & Maclaurin, J. (eds.), A New Science of Religion. New York: Routledge.

Whitehouse, H. (2012). Ritual, Cognition, and Evolution. In Sun, R. (ed.), Grounding the Social Sciences in the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

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.

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, and Behavior, 2(3), 182-201.



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.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Religious Reflexivity and Transmissive Frequency. In Michaels. A. (ed.), Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual. Wiesbeden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Religious Universals and Religious Variation. In Biro, T., & Czachesz, I. (eds.), Changing Minds: Religion and Cognition Through the Ages. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). The Coexistence Problem in Psychology, Anthropology, and Evolutionary Theory. Human Development, 54, 191-199.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Whence and Whither Social Anthropology? Annales de la Fondation Fyssen Hors Serie – 30e Anniversaire, 19-29.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Whence and Whither Sociocultural Anthropology. In Slingerland, E., & Collard, M. (eds.), Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and Humanities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Whitehouse, H., Mazzucato, C., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2011). Ritual Community and Conflict Project. Çatalhöyük 2011 Archive Report, Çatalhöyük Research Project.



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.

Whitehouse, H., & Hodder, I. (2010). Modes of Religiosity at Çatalhöyük. In Hodder, I. (ed.), Religion in the Emergence of Civilization: Çatalhöyük as a Case Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



Whitehouse, H. (2009). Graeco-Roman Religions and the Cognitive Science of Religion. In Martin, L. H., & Pachis, P. (eds.), Imagistic Traditions in the Graeco-Roman World. Thessaloniki: Vanias.



Cohen, E., Lanman, J. A., McCauley, R. N., & Whitehouse, H. (2008). Common Criticisms of the Cognitive Science of Religion – Answered. The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 379(4), 112-115.

Whitehouse, H. (2008). Cognitive Evolution and Religion; Cognition and Religious Evolution. In Bulbulia, J., Sosis, R., Harris, E., ..., & Wyman, K. (eds.), The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques. Santa Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press.

Whitehouse, H. (2008). Modes of Religiosity. The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin, 37(4), 108-112.



Whitehouse, H. (2007). Terror. In Corrigan, J. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Whitehouse, H. (2007). The Evolution and History of Religion. In Parkin, D., & Ulijaszek, S. (eds.), Holistic Anthropology. Oxford: Berghahn.

Whitehouse, H. (2007). Towards an Integration of Ethnography, History and the Cognitive Science of Religion. In Whitehouse, H., & Laidlaw, J. (eds.), Religion, Anthropology and Cognitive Science. Durham: Carolina Academic Press.



Whitehouse, H. (2006). Appropriated and Monolithic Christianity in Melanesia. In Cannell, F. (ed.), The Anthropology of Christianity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Whitehouse, H. (2006). Cognition et Religion. In Fussman, G. (ed.), Croyance, Raison et Déraison. Paris: Odile Jacob Editions.

Whitehouse, H. (2006). Reasoning about dead agents: a cross-cultural perspective [Commentary]. Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 29(5), 485-486. 

Whitehouse, H. (2006). Transmission. In Stausberg, M. (ed.), Theorizing Rituals: Issues, Topics, Approaches, Concepts. Leiden: Brill.