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

Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2017). What is the causal relationship between death anxiety and religious belief? Religion, Brain, and Behavior.

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, and Behavior. 

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

Jackson, J., Jong, J., Bluemke, M., Poulter, P., Morgenroth, L. & Halberstadt, J. (2017).  Testing the causal relationship between religiosity and death anxiety. Religion, Brain, and Behavior.


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

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.

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

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.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion in shaping group events. PLOS One, 11(8).

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


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.

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

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.

Jong, J. (2015). On (not) defining (non)religion. Science, Religion and Culture, 2, 15-24 .

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 Religionsphilosophie, 57, 244-266.  

Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., Kavanagh, C., & Lane, J. (2015). Shared negative experiences lead to identity fusion via personal reflection.PLOS One, 10(12).

Legare, C. H., Wen, N. J., Herrmann, P. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning. Cognition, 142, 351-361.

McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Religion and morality. Psychological Bulletin, 141(2), 447-473.


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, 556—578.

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.

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

Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Three quests for human nature: some philosophical reflections. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences, 1, 146—171.

Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Evolutionary debunking arguments against theism, reconsidered. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 76, 243—258. 

Halberstadt, J., & 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.

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.

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.

Whitehouse, H., & 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. D., & Swann, W. B. (2014). Brothers in arms: Libyan revolutionaries bond like family. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(50), 17783-17785.


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.

Jong, J. (2013). Implicit measures in the experimental psychology of religion. In G. Dawes, & J. Maclaurin. A new science of religion (pp. 65—78)New York, NY: Routledge.

Jong, J. (2013). Explaining religion (away?): theism and the cognitive science of religion. Sophia, 52, 521—533. 

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, 193—214.

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, 495—506.

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

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

Whitehouse, H. (2013). Three wishes for the world (with comment). Cliodynamics, 4(2).


Dawes, G., & Jong, J. (2012). Defeating the Christian’s claim to warrant. Philo, 15, 127—144.

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, 983—989.

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.

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.


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.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). The coexistence problem in psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary theory. Human Development, 54, 191-199.

Whitehouse, H. (2011). Whence and wither social anthropology. Annales de la Fondation Fyssen Hors Serie—30e Anniversaire, pp. 19-29.


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.