Publications

Published manuscripts

Watson-Jones, R. E., Busch, J. T. A., Legare, C. H., Harris, P. L. (in press). Does the body survive death? Cultural variation in beliefs about life everlasting. Cognitive Science.

Watson-Jones, R. E. & Legare, C. H. (2016). The social functions of group rituals. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25, 42-46.

Watson-Jones, R. E. & Legare, C. H. (2016). The functions of ritual in social groups. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, commentary on Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., Willard, A. K., Slingerland, E., Gervais, W. M., McNamara, R., & Henrich, J.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Legare, C. H., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). In-group ostracism increases high fidelity imitation in early childhood. Psychological Science, 27(1), 34-42.

Legare, C. H., Watson-Jones, R. E., & Souza, A. L. (2016). A cognitive psychological account of reasoning about ritual efficacy. In H. DeCruz and R. Nichols (Eds.), Advances in religion, cognitive science, and experimental philosophy (pp. 85-102). London, UK: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Busch, J. A., & Legare, C. H. (2015). Interdisciplinary perspectives on explanatory coexistence. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7, 611-623.

Legare, C. H. & Watson-Jones, R. E. (2015). The evolution and ontogeny of ritual. In D. M. Buss (Ed.), The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 2 (pp.  829-847). New York, NY: Wiley.

Watson-Jones, R. E., & Legare, C. H. (2015). Cognition and culture. In H. L. Miller, Jr. (Gen. ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishers.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Legare, C. H., Whitehouse, H., & Clegg, J. M. (2014). Task-specific effects of ostracism on imitation in early childhood. Evolution & Human Behavior, 35(3), 204-210.


Manuscripts under review

Busch, J. T. A., Watson-Jones, R. E., & Legare, C. H. (resubmitted). Cross-cultural variation in the development of ecological reasoning. Cognitive Psychology.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Busch, T. A., & Legare, C. H. (revise & resubmit). The natural and the supernatural: Reasoning about human origins, illness, and death in Vanuatu. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Manuscripts in preparation

Watson-Jones, R. E., Conroy-Beam, D., Legare, C. H. (in preparation). Evolutionary perspectives on the development of imitation.

Watson-Jones, R. E., Jea, I., Busch, J. T. A., & Legare, C. H. (in preparation). Individual differences in reasoning about the afterlife.

Legare, C. H., Watson-Jones, R. E., Busch, J. T. A. (in preparation). Conservation in context: A comparison of U.S. and Ni-Vanuatu views of the conservation of nature across development.