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    Dying for the group: Towards a general theory of extreme self-sacrifice.Harvey Whitehouse - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41:1-64.
    Whether upheld as heroic or reviled as terrorism, people have been willing to lay down their lives for the sake of their groups throughout history. Why? Previous theories of extreme self-sacrifice have highlighted a range of seemingly disparate factors, such as collective identity, outgroup hostility, and kin psychology. In this paper, I attempt to integrate many of these factors into a single overarching theory based on several decades of collaborative research with a range of special populations, from tribes in Papua (...)
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    When group membership gets personal: A theory of identity fusion.William B. Swann, Jolanda Jetten, Ángel Gómez, Harvey Whitehouse & Brock Bastian - 2012 - Psychological Review 119 (3):441-456.
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    Stick to the script: The effect of witnessing multiple actors on children’s imitation.Patricia A. Herrmann, Cristine H. Legare, Paul L. Harris & Harvey Whitehouse - 2013 - Cognition 129 (3):536-543.
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    Imitative flexibility and the development of cultural learning.Cristine H. Legare, Nicole J. Wen, Patricia A. Herrmann & Harvey Whitehouse - 2015 - Cognition 142 (C):351-361.
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    Tradition and invention: The bifocal stance theory of cultural evolution.Robert Jagiello, Cecilia Heyes & Harvey Whitehouse - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e249.
    Cultural evolution depends on both innovation (the creation of new cultural variants by accident or design) and high-fidelity transmission (which preserves our accumulated knowledge and allows the storage of normative conventions). What is required is an overarching theory encompassing both dimensions, specifying the psychological motivations and mechanisms involved. The bifocal stance theory (BST) of cultural evolution proposes that the co-existence of innovative change and stable tradition results from our ability to adopt different motivational stances flexibly during social learning and transmission. (...)
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    Seeking a Rapprochement Between Anthropology and the Cognitive Sciences: A Problem-Driven Approach.Harvey Whitehouse & Emma Cohen - 2012 - Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (3):404-412.
    Beller, Bender, and Medin question the necessity of including social anthropology within the cognitive sciences. We argue that there is great scope for fruitful rapprochement while agreeing that there are obstacles (even if we might wish to debate some of those specifically identified by Beller and colleagues). We frame the general problem differently, however: not in terms of the problem of reconciling disciplines and research cultures, but rather in terms of the prospects for collaborative deployment of expertise (methodological and theoretical) (...)
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    Four things we need to know about extreme self-sacrifice.Harvey Whitehouse - 2018 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41.
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    Introduction: New Frontiers in the Cognitive Science of Religion.Robert McCauley & Harvey Whitehouse - 2005 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 5 (1-2):1-13.
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    Religion promotes a love for thy neighbour: But how big is the neighbourhood?Ryan McKay & Harvey Whitehouse - 2016 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39.
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  10. Terror.Harvey Whitehouse - 2007 - In John Corrigan (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion. Oup Usa. pp. 259--275.
     
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    Groups and Emotional Arousal Mediate Neural Synchrony and Perceived Ritual Efficacy.Philip S. Cho, Nicolas Escoffier, Yinan Mao, April Ching, Christopher Green, Jonathan Jong & Harvey Whitehouse - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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    Locating the causes of religious commitment.Harvey Whitehouse - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):752-753.
    Atran & Norenzayan (A&N) survey a substantial body of theory and evidence on which there is broad agreement in the cognitive science of religion. Some parts of their argument (for instance, concerning the causes of costly commitment to religious beliefs) are more speculative and remain a focus of lively debate and further research.
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    Four things we need to know about extreme self-sacrifice—CORRIGENDUM.Harvey Whitehouse - 2019 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42.
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    Reasoning about dead agents: A cross-cultural perspective.Harvey Whitehouse - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):485-486.
    Jesse Bering's theory of the “folk psychology of souls” is brilliantly elucidated and warrants further empirical investigation. While additional experimental research is certainly required, we also need to interrogate the evidence on reasoning about dead agents in a wide range of real-world settings.
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    Exploring the Pathways Between Transformative Group Experiences and Identity Fusion.Christopher M. Kavanagh, Rohan Kapitány, Idhamsyah Eka Putra & Harvey Whitehouse - 2020 - Frontiers in Psychology 11.
    A growing body of evidence suggests that two distinct forms of group alignment are possible: identification and fusion (the former asserts that group and personal identity are distinct, while the latter asserts group and personal identities are functionally equivalent and mutually reinforcing). Among highly fused individuals, group identity taps directly into personal agency and so any attack on the group is perceived as a personal attack and motivates a willingness to fight and possibly even die as a defensive response. As (...)
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  16. Bifocal stance theory: An effort to broaden, extend, and clarify.Robert Jagiello, Cecilia Heyes & Harvey Whitehouse - 2022 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e275.
    The bifocal stance theory (BST) of cultural evolution has prompted a wide-ranging discussion with broadly three aims: to apply the theory to novel contexts; to extend the conceptual framework; to offer critical feedback on various aspects of the theory. We first discuss BST's relevance to the diverse range of topics which emerged from the commentaries, followed by a consideration of how our framework can be supplemented by and compared to other theories. Lastly, the criticisms that were raised by a subset (...)
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