Publications


2017 and in press

  1. Willard, A. K. & Cingl, L. (in press). Testing Theories of Religion and Secularization in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Evolution and Human Behavior. pdf
      
  2. Purzycki, B. G., Norenzayan, A., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., and Henrich, J. (in press). The Evolution of Religion and Morality: A Synthesis of Ethnographic and Experimental Evidence from Eight Societies. Religion Brain and Behavior. pdf
  3. Willard, A. K. (in press). Religion and Prosocial Behaviour among the Indo-Fijians. Religion Brain and Behavior. pdf

  4. Willard, A. K. & Norenzayan, A. (2017). “Spiritual But Not Religious”: cognition, schizotypy, and conversion in understanding alternative beliefs. Cognition, 165, 137–146. pdf


2016

  1. Purzycki, B.G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., Henrich, J. (2016). Cross-cultural dataset for the Evolution of Religion and Morality Project. Scientific Data, 3, 160099. link
     
  2. Shariff, A. F., Willard, A. K., Muthukrishna, M., Kramer, S., & Henrich, J. (2016). What is the Association Between Religious Affiliation and Children’s Altruism? Current Biology, 26, R699-R700. pdf
     
  3. Willard, A. K., Shariff, A. F. & Norenzayan, A. (2016). Religious Priming as a research tool for studying religion: Evidentiary Value, Current Issues, and Future Directions. Current Opinions in Psychology, 12, 71-75. pdf
      
  4. Willard, A. K., Henrich, J. &  Norenzayan, A. (2016). Memory and Belief in the Transmission of Counterintuitive Content. Human Nature, 27, 221-243. pdf
  5. Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., Gervais, W., Willard, A. K., McNamara, R. A., Slingerland, E. & Henrich, J. (2016). Parochial prosocial religions: Historical and contemporary evidence for a cultural evolutionary process. [Reply to Commentaries]. Behavior and Brain Sciences. pdf
     
  6. Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., Gervais, W., Willard, A. K., McNamara, R. A., Slingerland, E. & Henrich, J. (2016). The Cultural Evolution of Prosocial Religions [Target Article]. Behavior and Brain Sciences. pdf
     
  7. Purzycki, B.G., Apicella, C. , Atkinson, Q. , Cohen, E. , McNamara, R. A. , Willard, A. K. , Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A. , Henrich, J. (2016). Moralizing Gods, Supernatural Punishment, and the Expansion of Human Sociality. Nature, 530, 327–330. [email for pdf]
     
  8. Shariff, A. F., Willard, A. K., Andersen, T. & Norenzayan, A. (2016). Religious Priming: A Meta-Analysis With a Focus on Prosociality. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 20, 27-48. pdf
     
  9. Purzycki, B. G., & Willard, A. K. (2016). Accounting for Variation and Stability in Religious Cognition [Reply to Commentaries]. Religion, Brain and Behaviour, 6, 266-274. pdf
     
  10. Purzycki, B. G. & Willard, A. K. (2016) MCI Theory: A Critical Discussion [Target Article]. Religion Brain and Behaviour, 6, 207-248.pdf


Pre-2016


  1. Willard, A. K. & Norenzayan A. (2013). Cognitive Biases Explain Religious Belief, Paranormal Belief, and Belief in Life’s Purpose. Cognition, 129, 379-391. pdf
  2. Gervais, W., Willard, A. K., Norenzayan, A. & Henrich, J. (2011). The Cultural Transmission of Faith: Why natural intuitions and memory biases are necessary, but insufficient, to explain religious belief. Religion, 41, 389-410. pdf


Commentaries etc.

  1. Willard, A. K. (in press). The Evolution of Culture as a New Pattern for Comparative Religion. [Book Commentary]. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.

  2. Willard, A. K. (2017). Defining Religion [Commentary]. Religion Brain and Behavior. pdf

  3. Willard, A. K. & Legare, C. H. (2016) Ritual wellbeing: A simplified model [Commentary]. Religion Brain and Behavior, 39, e1. pdf


 
Manuscripts in Preparation and Under Review
 

  1. Baimel, A., McNamara, R. A., Purzycki, B. G., Willard, A. K., & Norenzayan, A. (under review). An Mentalized God is a Believable God. 

  2. Purzycki, B. G., Ross, C.T, Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., Henrich, J. (under review). Material Security, Life History, and Moralistic Religions: A Cross-Cultural Examination,

  3. Willard, A. K. & Baimel, A. (under review). The Evolution of Religion: An interdisciplinary approach. [Commentary]​

  4. Willard, A. K. & McNamara, R. A. (under review). The Minds of Gods and Humans: differences in mind perception in Canada and Fiji.

  5. Willard, A. K. (under review). Agency Detection is Unnecessary in the Explanation of Religious Belief. [Commentary]
     
  6. Willard, A. K., & Henrich J. (in prep). Do as I do not as I say: Credibility Enhancing Displays in the laboratory.
     
  7. McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K. & Norenzayan, A. (in prep). God’s mind on Morality: a knowing God is a punishing God.
     
  8. Willard, A. K., Cingl L., & Norenzayan, A. (in prep). Cognitive Biases Explain Belief: A model replication in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
     
  9. Willard, A. K., Busch, J., Sobel, D. M., Callanan, M. A., & Legare, C. H. (in prep). Exploration and Explanation in a Museum Setting: how parent-child interactions impact children’s understanding of gears.