The AHRC Culture and the Mind project's primary output will be a series of papers based on the project's research and with three mutli-author volumes based on the three main themes of the project:

Research papers based on the project's research are currently in preparation and information about these publications will be posted below as they come out. Data for these projects will be posted on the project's data page. The three project volumes will follow these publications.

In addition to these primary project publications, we anticipate that the project will have a large number of spin-off publications based on the research conducted by project participants based on ideas raised or discussed in the projects workshops, conferences, or other discussion forums. Given the highly exploratory nature of the project, we anticipate that these publications will explore a wide range of issues surrounding the central themes of the project.

Project participants are strongly encouraged to cite the AHRC Culture and the Mind project in the acknowledgements of any publications that arise out of, or benefit from, discussions at project workshops or other project forums.

New project publications will be posted here as they become available.

Primary project publications


Barrett, H. C., Bolyanatz, A., Broesch, T., Cohen, E., Froerer, P., Kanovsky, M., Schug, M. G., and Laurence, S. (2021). Intuitive dualism and afterlife beliefs: A cross-cultural study. Cognitive Science, 45(6), e12992.


H. Clark Barrett, Alexander Bolyanatz, Alyssa Crittenden, Daniel Fessler, Simon Fitzpatrick, Michael Gurven, Joe Henrich, Martin Kanovsky, Geoffrey Kushnick, Anne Pisor, Brooke Scelza, Stephen Stich, Chris von Reudon, Wanying Zhao, and Stephen Laurence (2016). Small-scale societies exhibit fundamental variation in the role of intentions in moral judgment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Early Edition. [with supplementary information, pp. 1-71]. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522070113

Daniel M. T. Fessler , Colin Holbrook, Martin Kanovsky, H. Clark Barrett, Alexander H. Bolyanatz, Mathew M. Gervais, Michael Gurven, Joseph Henrich, Geoff Kushnick, Anne C. Pisor, Stephen Stich, Christopher von Rueden, and Stephen Laurence (2016). Moral parochialism misunderstood: A reply to Piazza and Sousa. Proceedings of the Royal Society; B (Biological Sciences), 283, 2015262. [with electronic supplementary materials (pp. 1-9)]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2628

Data file for Barrett et al. (2016) (PDF, 863KB)


Daniel M. T. Fessler , H. Clark Barrett, Martin Kanovsky, Stephen Stich, Colin Holbrook, Joseph Henrich, Alexander H. Bolyanatz, Mathew M. Gervais, Michael Gurven, Geoff Kushnick, Anne C. Pisor, Christopher von Rueden, and Stephen Laurence (2015). Moral parochialism and contextual contingency across seven societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society; B (Biological Sciences). [with electronic supplementary materials (pp. 1-65)]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0907

Data file for Fessler et al. (2015) (PDF, 425KB)


Bailey R. House , Joan B. Silk, Joseph Henrich, H. Clark Barrett, Brooke A. Scelza, Adam H. Boyette, Barry S. Hewlett, Richard McElreath, and Stephen Laurence (2013). Ontogeny of prosocial behavior across diverse societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110.36, pp. 14586-14591. [with supplementary information (pp. 1-32)]. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1221217110

Data file for House et al. (2013) (PDF, 129KB)

H. Clark Barrett, Tanya Broesch, Rose M. Scott, Zijing He, Renée Baillargeon, Di Wu, Matthias Bolz, Joseph Henrich, Peipei Setoh, Jianxin Wang, and Stephen Laurence (2013). Early false-belief understanding in traditional non-western societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B (Biological Sciences), vol. 280, no. 1755. [with electronic supplementary materials (pp. 1-29)]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2654

Data file for Experiment 1 (SAV, 7KB)

Data file for Experiment 2 (SAV, 2KB)

Data file for Experiment 3 (SAV, 3KB)

Additional project publications


Kushnick, Geoff, Hanowell, Ben, Kim, Jun-Hong, Langstieh, Banrida, Magnano, Vittorio and Oláh, Katalin (2015). Experimental evidence for convergent evolution of maternal care heuristics in industrialized and small-scale populations. Royal Society Open Science, 2,140518.


Fitzpatrick, Simon (2014). Moral realism, moral disagreement, and moral psychology. Philosophical Papers, 43 (2):161-190.

Fitzpatrick, Simon (2014). Distinguishing between three versions of the doctrine of double effect hypothesis in moral psychology. Review of Philosophy and Psychology: 1-21.

Uskul, A. K., and Over, H. (2014). Responses to social exclusion in cultural context: Evidence from farming and herding communities. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106.5, 752-771.


Geoff Kushnick (2013). Access to resources shapes maternal decision making: Evidence from a factorial vignette experiment. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e75539.

Robin Scaife and Jonathan Webber (2013) Intentional side-effects of action. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 10.2, 179-203.


Kevin Birth (2012). Objects of time: How Things Shape Temporality. Palgrave Macmillan.

Phillips, Brenda, Seston, Rebecca and Kelemen, Deborah. (2012). Learning about tool categories via eavesdropping. Child Development. Advance online publication, 7 August 2012.

Neary, K. R., Van de Vondervoort, J. W., and Friedman, O. (2012). Artifacts and natural kinds: Children's judgments about whether objects are owned. Developmental Psychology, 48(1), 149-158.


Young, Liane and Saxe Rebecca (2011). When ignorance is no excuse: Different roles for intent across moral domains. Cognition, 120, 202-214.

Cubitt, Robin, P., Drouvelis, Michalis, Gächter, Simon and Kabalin Ruslan (2011). Moral judgments in social dilemmas: How bad is free riding? (PDF, 406KB)  Journal of Public Economics, 95, 253-264.


Duffield, Nigel and Tajima, Yayoi (2010). On the non-uniformity of Asian thinking (for speaking): A response to Masuda and Nisbett (PDF, 986KB). In Michael Iverson, Roumyana Slabakova, et al. (eds.) Proceedings of Mind-Context Divide Workshop. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Gächter, Simon and Herrmann, Benedikt (2010). The limits of self-governance when cooperators get punished: Experimental evidence from urban and rural Russia (PDF, 368KB). European Economic Review.

Gächter, Simon, Herrmann, Benedikt and Thoni, Yayoi (2010). Culture and cooperation. In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of Biological Sciences. 365, 2651-2661

Schnall, Simone, Roper, Jean and Fessler, Daniel (2010). Elevation leads to altruistic behavior, above and beyond general positive affect (PDF, 98KB). Psychological Science. 21, 315-320.


Fitzpatrick, Simon (2009). The primate mindreading controversy: A case study in simplicity and methodology in animal psychology. In Robert Lurz (ed.), The Philosophy of Animal Minds. Cambridge University Press. Published version

Gächter, Simon and Herrmann, Benedikt (2009). Reciprocity, culture, and human cooperation: Previous insights and a new cross-cultural experiment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 364, 791-806. Published version (subscription required)

Pellizzoni, Sandra, Siegal, Michael, and Surian, Luca (2009). Foreknowledge, caring, and the side-effect effect in young children. Developmental Psychology, 45, 289-295. Published version (subscription required)

Sousa, Paulo (2009). On testing the 'Moral Law'. Mind & Language, 24(2), 209-234.


Carruthers, Peter (2008). Cartesian epistemology: Is the theory of the self-transparent mind innate? (PDF, 125KB). Journal of Consciousness Studies, 15, 28-53. Published version (subscription required)

Herrmann, Benedikt, Thöni, Christian and Gächter, Simon (2008). Antisocial punishment across societies. Science 319, 1362-1367. Published version (subscription required)


Meristo, M., Faulkman, K. W., Hjelmquist, E., Tedoldi, M., Surian, L. and Siegal, M. (2007) Language access and theory of mind reasoning: Evidence from deaf children in bilingual and oralist environments. Developmental Psychology 43, 1156-1169. Published version (subscription required)

More publications coming soon.