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    How Do Rituals Affect Cooperation?Ronald Fischer, Rohan Callander, Paul Reddish & Joseph Bulbulia - 2013 - Human Nature 24 (2):115-125.
    Collective rituals have long puzzled anthropologists, yet little is known about how rituals affect participants. Our study investigated the effects of nine naturally occurring rituals on prosociality. We operationalized prosociality as (1) attitudes about fellow ritual participants and (2) decisions in a public goods game. The nine rituals varied in levels of synchrony and levels of sacred attribution. We found that rituals with synchronous body movements were more likely to enhance prosocial attitudes. We also found that rituals judged to be (...)
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  2. The Cognitive and Evolutionary Psychology of Religion.Joseph Bulbulia - 2004 - Biology and Philosophy 19 (5):655-686.
    The following reviews recent developments in the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and argues for an adaptationist stance.
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    Religious Solidarity: The Hand Grenade Experiment.Joseph Bulbulia & Andrew Mahoney - 2008 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 8 (3-4):295-320.
    We describe the results of an experiment testing for the presence of strong altruism among Christians in New Zealand. The study examined anonymous participant generosity to cohort. We found that in modified dictator games, anonymous Christians in New Zealand gave significantly more to Canadian Christians than anonymous New Zealand citizens gave to their fellow citizens. The gifting opportunities occurred after anonymous benefactors observed recipients willingly undertake costly acts of group commitment. We found that mean gifting after witnessing a fellow group (...)
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    Spreading Order: Religion, Cooperative Niche Construction, and Risky Coordination Problems.Joseph Bulbulia - 2012 - Biology and Philosophy 27 (1):1-27.
    Adaptationists explain the evolution of religion from the cooperative effects of religious commitments, but which cooperation problem does religion evolve to solve? I focus on a class of symmetrical coordination problems for which there are two pure Nash equilibriums: (1) ALL COOPERATE, which is efficient but relies on full cooperation; (2) ALL DEFECT, which is inefficient but pays regardless of what others choose. Formal and experimental studies reveal that for such risky coordination problems, only the defection equilibrium is evolutionarily stable. (...)
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    Autobiographical Memory in a Fire-Walking Ritual.Dimitris Xygalatas, Ivana Konvalinka, Armin W. Geertz, Andreas Roepstoff, Else-Marie Jegindø, Uffe Schjoedt, Joseph Bulbulia & Paul Reddish - 2013 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 13 (1-2):1-16.
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    Ideology as Cooperative Affordance.Joseph Bulbulia & Richard Sosis - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (6):515-516.
    McKay & Dennett (M&D) observe that beliefs need not be true in order to evolve. We connect this insight with Schelling's work on cooperative commitment to suggest that some beliefs are best approached as social goals. We explain why a social-interactive perspective is important to explaining the dynamics of belief formation and revision among situated partners.
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  7. Evolution of Religion.Joseph A. Bulbulia - 2009 - In Robin Dunbar & Louise Barrett (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Joint Action Enhances Cohesion and Positive Affect, but Suppresses Aspects of Creativity When Combined With Shared Goals.Reneeta Mogan, Joseph Bulbulia & Ronald Fischer - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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    The Hypnotic Stag Hunt.Joseph Bulbulia - 2011 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 11 (3-4):353-365.
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    Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Joseph A. Bulbulia, Kristen Kingfield Kearns, Ilsup Ahn, Peter Forrest, Stephen R. Napier, Graeme Marshall & Patrick Hutchings - 2003 - Sophia 42 (1):125-126.
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    Clarity and Causality Needed in Claims About Big Gods.Joseph Watts, Joseph Bulbulia, Russell D. Gray & Quentin D. Atkinson - 2016 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39.
    We welcome Norenzayan et al.’s claim that the prosocial effects of beliefs in supernatural agents extend beyond Big Gods. To date, however, supporting evidence has focused on the Abrahamic Big God, making generalisations difficult. We discuss a recent study that highlights the need for clarity about the causal path by which supernatural beliefs affect the evolution of big societies.
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