Publications

Forthcoming Journal Articles

McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Norenzayan, A., & Henrich, J. (forthcoming). Weighing Outcome vs. Intent Across Societies: How cultural models of mind shape moral reasoning. Cognition. [OSF Project here]

Published Journal Articles

2018

McNamara, R. A. & Fischer, R. (2018). Adding Culture and Context Improves Evolutionary Theorizing About Human Cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 41, E181. doi:10.1017/S0140525X1800047X

McNamara, R.A., & Henrich, J. (2018). Jesus vs. the Ancestors: How specific religious beliefs shape prosociality on Yasawa Island, Fiji. Religion Brain & Behavior, 8(2): 185-204, DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267030

Purzycki, B.G., Pisor, A.C., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., Henrich, J., McElreath, R.,  McNamara, R.A., Norenzayan, A., Willard, A., & Xygalatas, D. (2018). The Cognitive and Cultural Foundations of Moral Behavior. Evolution and Human Behavior. doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.04.004

Purzycki, B.G., Ross, C.T., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R.A., Willard, A., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., & Henrich, J. (2018). Material Security, Life History, and Moralistic Religions: A Cross-Cultural Examination. PLoS ONE 13(3): e0193856. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193856

Purzycki, B. G., Henrich, J., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q.D., Baimel, A., Cohen, E., McNamara, R.A., Willard, A.K., Dimitris Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A. (2018). The evolution of religion and morality: a synthesis of ethnographic and experimental evidence from eight societies. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8:2, 101-132, DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267027

2017

McNamara, R. A., & Henrich, J. (2017). Kin and Kinship psychology both influence cooperative coordination in Yasawa, Fiji. Evolution and Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.09.004

McNamara, R. A. (2017). Re-contextualizing the Re-explanation: Understanding Religion Requires Accounting for Both Ecological and Social Dynamics. Religion Brain & Behavior. doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2017.1323784

Chudek, M., McNamara, R.A., Birch, S., Bloom, P., & Henrich, J. (2017) Do Minds Switch Bodies? Dualist interpretations across ages and societies. Religion Brain & Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2017.1377757 [OSF Project here]

2016

McNamara, R.A., Norenzayan, A., & Henrich, J. (2016) Supernatural punishment, in-group biases, and material insecurity: Experiments and ethnography from Yasawa, Fiji. Religion Brain and Behavior. 6(1), 34-55. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2014.921235

Purzycki, B.G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R.A., Willard, A., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., & Henrich, J. (2016). Moralizing Gods, Supernatural Punishment and the Expansion of Human Sociality. Nature. 530(7590), 327–330. doi:10.1038/nature16980

Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., Gervais, W. M., Willard, A., McNamara, R.A., Slingerland, E., & Henrich, J. (2016). The Cultural Evolution of Prosocial Religions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. doi:10.1017/S0140525X14001356, e0

Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A., Gervais, W., Willard, A., McNamara, R.A., Slingerland, E., & Henrich, J. (2016). Parochial prosocial religions: Historical and contemporary evidence for a cultural evolutionary process. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15000655

Purzycki, B. G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q. D., 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 EP –. http://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.99

2015

Purzyki, B. G., McNamara, R.A. (2015) Ecology, Consensus, and Variation: Issues with Time and Persistence in Religious Systems. Religion Brain and Behavior. 5(3): 250-253.

2014

Hruschka D., Efferson C., Jiang T., Falletta-Cowden A., Sigurdsson S., McNamara R.A., Sands M., Munira S., Slingerland E., and Henrich J. (2014). Impartial institutions, pathogen stress and the expanding social network. Human Nature. 25(4):567-579.

Book Chapters

McNamara, R.A. (forthcoming) “Which God is Watching?” In D.J. Slone & W.W. McCorkle (Eds.) Empirical Studies in the Cognitive Science of Religion. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.

Purzycki, B.G., McNamara, R.A. (2015) “An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds” Cognitive science of religion and its philosophical implications.

MANUSCRIPTS

Under Review

McNamara, R.A., (under review). Weathering the Storm: Supernatural belief and cooperation in an insecure world. Contribution to special issue of Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. [OSF Project here]

McNamara, R.A. & Purzycki, B.G (revise & resubmit) Minds of Gods and Human Cognitive Constraints: Socio-ecological context shapes belief. Religion, Brain and Behavior.

McNamara, R.A. & Neapi, S. (under review) Decolonizing Community Psychology by Supporting Indigenous Knowledge, Projects, and Students: Lessons from Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada. Submitted to the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Willard, A. K., & McNamara, R. A. (revise & resubmit). The Minds of God(s) and Humans: Differences in Mind Perception in Fiji and Canada. Cognitive Science.

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