Publications and Vitae

 

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Curriculum Vitae

Updated January 11, 2017

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Coming Up…

Cohen, E., Baimel, A., and Purzycki, B. G. (in press). Religiosity and resource allocation in Marajó, Brazil. Religion, Brain and Behavior, X(X):  XXX-XXX.

Purzycki, B. G. (in press). Some comments on the alleged innateness of religion. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, X(X):  XXX-XXX.

Purzycki, B. G., and Kulundary, V. (in press). Buddhism, identity, and class:  Fairness and favoritism in the Tyva Republic. Religion, Brain and Behavior, X(X): XXX-XXX.

Purzycki, B. G., Henrich, J. and Norenzayan, A., eds. (in press). The Evolution of Religion and Morality [special issue]. Religion, Brain and Behavior, X(X).

Purzycki, B. G., Norenzayan, A., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Baimel, A., 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, X(X): XXX-XXX.

Shaver, J. H., and Purzycki, B. G. (in press). The evolution of religious diversity. Religion, Brain and Behavior, X(X): XXX-XXX.

Shaver, J. H., Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (in press). Evolutionary Theory in the Study of Religion. In Stausberg, Michael and Engler, Steven (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 124-136.

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Published

Articles and Book Chapters

Purzycki, B. G., and Jamieson-Lane, A. (2017). AnthroTools: An R package for cross-cultural ethnographic data analysis. Cross-Cultural Research, 51(1):  51-74.

Purzycki, B. G. (2016a). The Evolution of Gods’ Minds in the Tyva Republic. Current Anthropology, 57(S13): S88-S104. Supplementary Materials.

Purzycki, B. G. (2016b). How Punitive, Omniscient Gods May Have Encouraged the Expansion of Human Society. The Conversation  [Republished in This View of Life].

Purzycki, B. G., and Baimel, A. (2016). Examining the Minds of Gods. MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks on Religion:  Mental Religion. Farmington Hills: MacMillan, pp. 45-60.

Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2016). An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds. In De Cruz, Helen and Nichols, Ryan (eds.). Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy. New York: Continuum, pp. 143-167.

Purzycki, B. G., and Willard, A. K. (2016). MCI Theory: A Critical Discussion [Target Article with Commentaries]. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 6(3): 207-248.

Purzycki, B. G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Norenzayan, A., and Henrich, J. (2016). Cross-cultural dataset for the Evolution of Religion and Morality ProjectScientific Data, 3: 16099. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.99.

Purzycki, B. G., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Cohen, E., McNamara, R. A., Willard, A. K., Xygalatas, D., Norenzayan, A., and Henrich, J. (2016). Moralistic Gods, Supernatural Punishment and the Expansion of Human Sociality. Nature, 530(7590): 327-330. [Protocols and methods; R Scripts]

Purzycki, B. G. (2015). Inside the Mind of God. Aeon Magazine.

Purzycki, B. G., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D. N., and Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. In Scott, Robert A., and Kosslyn, Stephen M. (eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Wiley, pp. 1-16.

Nichols, R., Lynn, J., and Purzycki, B. G. (2014). Toward a Science of Science Fiction: Applying Quantitative Methods to Genre Individuation. Scientific Study of Literature, 4(1): 25-45. Please email for electronic copy.

Purzycki, B. G., Haque, O., and Sosis, R. (2014). Extending Evolutionary Accounts of Religion beyond the Mind: Religions as Adaptive Systems. In Watts, Fraser, and Turner, Léon (eds.). Evolution, Religion, and Cognitive Science:  Critical and Constructive Essays. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, pp. 74-91.

Scott, I. M., Joseph, S. C., Boyette, A., Gibson, M., Hewlett, B., Jamieson, M., Jankowiake, W., Honey, P. L., Huang, Z., Purzycki, B. G., Shaver, J., Sosis, R., Sugiyama, L. S., Swamij, V., Yuk, D. W., Zhao, Yangke, Penton-Voak, I. (2014). Human Preferences for Sexually Dimorphic Faces May Be Evolutionarily Novel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 11(40): 14388-14393.

Shariff, A., Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2014). Religions as Cultural Solutions to Social Living. In A.B. Cohen (ed.). Culture Reexamined:  Broadening Our Understanding of Social and Evolutionary Influences. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, pp. 217-238.

Purzycki, B. G. (2013a). The Minds of Gods:  A Comparative Study of Supernatural Agency. Cognition, 129(1): 163-179. Supplementary materials.

Purzycki, B. G. (2013b). Toward a Cognitive Ecology of Religious Concepts:  An Example from the Tyva Republic. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1(1): 99-120.

Purzycki, B. G. (2013c). Tyva Republic (Shamanism, Animism, and Totemism):  Religion Variables. Database of Religious History. Vancouver: University of British Columbia.

Purzycki, B. G., and Arakchaa, T. (2013). Ritual Behavior and Trust in the Tyva Republic. Current Anthropology, 54(3): 381-388.  Supplementary materials.

Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2013). The Extended Religious Phenotype and the Adaptive Coupling of Ritual and Belief. Israel Journal for Ecology and Evolution, 59(2): 99-108.

Purzycki, B. G., Finkel, D. N., Shaver, J., Wales, N., Cohen, A. B., and Sosis, R.  (2012). What Does God Know? Supernatural Agents’ Access to Socially Strategic and Nonstrategic InformationCognitive Science, 36(5): 846-869.  Supplementary materials.

Purzycki, B. G. (2011a). Humor as Violation and Deprecation:  A Cognitive Anthropological Account. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11(1-2):  217-230.

Purzycki, B. G. (2011b). Tyvan Cher Eezi and the Socioecological Constraints of Supernatural Agents’ Minds. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 1(1): 31-45.

Purzycki, B. G., & Gibson, K. (2011). Religion and Violence: An Anthropological Study on Religious Belief and Violent Behavior. Skeptic, 16(2):  22-27.

Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2011). In Frey, Ulrich (ed.). Our Gods:  Variation in Supernatural Minds. Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature.  New York:  Springer-Verlag, pp. 77-93.

Purzycki, B. G. (2010a). Cognitive Architecture, Humor and Counterintuitiveness:  Retention and Recall of MCIs. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10(1-2):  189-204.

Purzycki, B. G. (2010b). Spirit Masters, Ritual Cairns, and the Adaptive Religious System in Tyva. Sibirica, 9(2): 21-47. Please email for electronic copy.

Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2010). Religious Concepts as Necessary Components of the Adaptive Religious System. In Frey, Ulrich (ed.). The Nature of God:  Evolution and Religion. Marburg:  Tectum Verlag, pp. 37-59.

Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2009). The Religious System as Adaptive:  Cognitive Flexibility, Public Displays, and Acceptance.  In Voland, Eckart & Schiefenhövel, Wulf (eds.). The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior. New York:  Springer-Verlag, pp. 243-256.

Purzycki, B. G. (2006). Conceptions of Humor:  Lakota (Sioux), Koestlerian, and Computational. Nebraska Anthropologist, 21:168-188.

Purzycki, B. G. (2005a). The Degree of Chimpanzee Theory of Mind and the Evolution of Modularity.  Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 30:59-67.

Purzycki, B. G. (2005b). Theory of Mind in Chimpanzees:  A Rationalist Approach.  Nebraska Anthropologist, 20:70-92.

Purzycki, B. G. (2004). Comparison of the Traditional and Contemporary Extended Family Units of the Hopi and Lakota (Sioux):  A Study of the Deterioration of Kinship Structures and Functions.  Nebraska Anthropologist, 19:16-31.

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Commentaries and Book Reviews

Purzycki, B. G. (2016). Why Did Supernatural Punishment Arise? Nautilus, 13: 17.

Purzycki, B. G., and Willard, A. K. (2016). Accounting for Variation and Stability in Religious Cognition [Reply to Commentaries]. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 6(3): 266-274.

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

Purzycki, B. G. (2014). On the Dark Side of Religion and Other Forms of Impression Management. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(1): 29-34. [Republished in: Martin, L. H., and Wiebe, M. (eds.), (2016). Conversations and Controversies in the Scientific Study of Religion:  Collaborative and Co-authored Essays by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe. Boston: Brill, pp. 157-162.]

Purzycki, B. G. (2013). A review of Frans de Waal, The Bonobo and the Atheist:  In Search of Humanism among the Primates. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 88(4): 342.

Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2013). Comment for “Cooperation in Context:  Public Goods Games and Post-Soviet Collectives in Kamchatka, Russia”. Current Anthropology, 54(2): 166-167.

Purzycki, B. G. (2012). A review of Alan Barnard, Social Anthropology and Human Origins. Anthropos, 107(1): 233-234.

Swartwout, P., Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2012).  Form and Function in Religious Signaling under Pathogen Stress. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(2): 92-93.

Purzycki, B. G., Swartwout, P., and Sosis, R. (2008). Searching for Darwin:  Metaphor, Collusion, and Natural Selection. A review of Lyle B. Steadman and Craig T. Palmer, The Supernatural and Natural Selection: Religion and Evolutionary Success. Evolutionary Psychology, 6(4): 628-636.

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Volumes

Purzycki, B. G. (2012).  Finding Minds in the Natural World:  Dynamics of the Religious System in the Tyva Republic.  Doctoral Dissertation, University of Connecticut.

Purzycki, B. G. (2006). Myth, Humor, and Ontological Templates:  A Study of the Retention and Transmission of Mythical-Religious Ideas. M. A. Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.