Publications

In press

Divine forgiveness and mortal support for state-sanctioned punishment

O'Lone, K. M. & McKay, R. T. (in press).  Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

 

Positive experiences of high arousal martial arts rituals are linked to identity fusion and costly progroup actions

Kavanagh, C., Jong, J., McKay, R. & Whitehouse, H. (in press). European Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2514

 

Investigating the relationship between self-perceived moral superiority and moral behavior using economic games

Tappin, B. M. & McKay, R. T. (in press). Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi:10.1177/1948550617750736

 

Idolizing the indexical: Commentary on Van Leeuwen and van Elk

McKay, R., Jong, J. & O’Lone, K. (in press). Religion, Brain & Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2018.1453533

 

2018

Not on my team: Medial prefrontal cortex responses to ingroup fusion and unfair monetary divisions

Apps, M. A, J., McKay, R., Azevedo, R., Whitehouse, H. & Tsakiris, M. (2018). Brain and Behavior, 8(8): e01030. doi:10.1002/brb3.1030

 

Shamanism and the psychosis continuum: Commentary on Singh

Ross, R. & McKay, R. (2018). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e84. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2018.1453533

 

Do the folk actually hold folk-economic beliefs?

Tappin, B. M., Ross, R. & McKay, R. T. (2018). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e190. doi:10.1017/S0140525X18000560

 

Analytic atheism: A cross-culturally weak and fickle phenomenon?

Gervais, W. M., van Elk, M., Xygalatas, D., McKay, R. T. et al. (2018). Judgment and Decision Making, 13(3), 268-274.

 

How do delusion-prone individuals respond to disconfirmatory evidence? Improving comprehension of the Beads Task may help

Howe, J., Ross, R., McKay, R. & Balzan, R. P. (2018). Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 226(3), 182-190. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000333

 

The role of experience in religion: Accommodation vs. assimilation

McKay, R. (2018). Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8(4), 428-431. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2017.1323782

 

The error of God, revisited

McKay, R. ,Ross, R. M., O'Lone, K., & Efferson, C. (2018). Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8(3), 306-310. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2017.1302983

 

Rituals improve children's ability to delay gratification

Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J. & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Child Development, 89(2), 349-359. doi:10.1111/cdev.12762

 

2017

Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists

Gervais, W. M., Xygalatas, D., McKay, R. T., van Elk, M., Buchtel, E. K., Aveyard, M., Schiavone, S., Dar-Nimrod, I., Svedholm-Häkkinen, A. M., Riekki, T., Klocova, E. K., Ramsay, J. E. & Bulbulia, J. (2017). Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 0151. doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0151


The heart trumps the head: Desirability bias in political belief revision

Tappin, B., Van Der Leer, L. & McKay, R. (2017). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(8), 1143-1149. 

 

Why do delusion-prone individuals “jump to conclusions”?: An investigation using a non-serial data gathering paradigm

Van Der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M. & McKay, R. (2017). Clinical Psychological Science, 5(4), 718-725.

 

Why is belief in God not a delusion?

Ross, R. & McKay, R. (2017). Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7(4), 316-319.

 

Doppelgängers and dissociations: Lesion network mapping illuminates misidentification delusions

McKay, R. & Furl, N. (2017). Brain, 140(2), 262-265.

 

The optimist within? Selective sampling and self-deception.

van der Leer, L. & McKay, R. (2017). Consciousness and Cognition, 50, 23–29.

 

The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiences

Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M., Gomez, A., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C., Newson, M., Matthews, M., Lanman, J., McKay, R. & Gavrilets, S. (2017). Scientific Reports, 7, Article 44292, 1-10.

 

Choosing the right level of analysis: Stereotypes shape social reality via collective action: Commentary on Jussim

Tappin, B., McKay, R., & Abrams, D. (2017). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e13.

 

The illusion of moral superiority

Tappin, B. M. & McKay, R. T. (2017). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(6), 623-631. doi:10.1177/1948550616673878

 

Analytic cognitive style predicts paranormal explanations of anomalous experiences but not the experiences themselves: Implications for cognitive theories of delusions.

Ross, R., Hartig, B. & McKay, R. (2017). Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 56, 90-96.

 

2016

Perception, cognition, and delusion: Commentary on Firestone and Scholl

Ross, R. M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2016). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e258. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15002691

 

Cultural differentiation does not entail group-level structure: the case for geographically explicit analysis.

Ross, R. M., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 37-38.

 

Atheists and Agnostics Are More Reflective than Religious Believers: Four Empirical Studies and a Meta-Analysis

Pennycook, G., Ross, R.M., Koehler, D. J., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2016). PLoS One, 11(4).

 

Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups

Ross, R.M., & Atkinson, Q. (2016). Evolution and Human Behavior, 37(1), 47-53.

 

Analytic cognitive style, not delusional ideation, predicts data gathering in a large beads task study

Ross, R.M., Pennycook, G., McKay, R., Gervais, W., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2016). Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 21(4), 300-314.

 

Religion promotes a love for thy neighbour: But how big is the neighbourhood?: Commentary on Norenzayan et al.

McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 35-36.

 

Don’t blame the norm: On the challenge of ecological rationality

Boudry, M., Vlerick, M., & McKay, R. (2016). In F. Paglieri, L. Bonelli, & S. Felletti (Eds.), The Psychology of Argument: Cognitive Approaches to Argumentation and Persuasion. (pp. 85-97). London: College Publications.

 

Commentary on Cognitive reflection vs. calculation in decision making

Pennycook, G., & Ross, R. M. (2016). Frontiers in Psychology.

 

2015

Bayesian accounts and black swans: Questioning the erotetic theory of delusional thinking

McKay, R. (2015). Cognitive Neuropsychiatry,20(5), 456-466.

 

Can evolution get us off the hook?: Evaluating the ecological defence of human rationality

Boudry, M., Vlerick, M., & McKay, R. (2015). Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 524-35.

 

Jumping to conclusions about the beads task?: A meta-analysis of delusional ideation and data-gathering

Ross, R.M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2015). Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(5), 1183-1191.

 

Delusion-­proneness and ‘Jumping to Conclusions’: Relative and absolute effects

Van Der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (2015). Psychological Medicine, 45(6), 1253-1262.

 

Religion and morality

McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Psychological Bulletin, 141(2), 447-473.

 

Editorial note

Geertz, A. W. & McKay, R. (2015). Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 3(2), 111–112.

2014

Is religion a force for good?

McKay, R. (2014). The Conversation.

 

Editorial: Religion and Agency

McKay, R. (2014). Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(2), 93-96.

 

Memory for expectation-violating concepts: The effects of agents and cultural familiarity

Porubanova, M., Shaw, D., McKay, R., & Xygalatas, D. (2014). PLoS One, 9(4), e90684.

 

Trust in me: Trustworthy others are seen as more physically similar to the self

Farmer, H., McKay, R., & Tsakiris, M. (2014). Psychological Science, 25(1), 290–292.

 

Unrealistic optimism and 'nosognosia': Illness recognition in the healthy brain

McKay, R., Buchmann, A., Germann, N., Yu, S., & Brugger, P. (2014). Cortex, 61, 141-147.

2013

Vestibular stimulation attenuates unrealistic optimism

McKay, R., Tamagni, C., Palla, A., Krummenacher, P., Hegemann, S., Straumann, D., & Brugger, P. (2013). Vestibular stimulation attenuates unrealistic optimism. Cortex, 49(8), 2272-2275.

Catholic guilt?: Recall of confession promotes prosocial behaviour.

McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Catholic guilt?: Recall of confession promotes prosocial behaviour.Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3(3), 201-209. 

Announcing the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Xygalatas, D., & McKay, R. (2013). Announcing the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1(1), 1-4.

Delusions

McKay, R. (2013). Delusions. In H. Pashler, T. Crane, M. Kinsbourne, F. Ferreira, & R. Zemel (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of the Mind. (pp. 231). Sage.

Do religious and moral concepts influence the ability to delay gratification? A priming study

Harrison, J., & McKay, R. (2013). Do religious and moral concepts influence the ability to delay gratification? A priming study. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 10(1), 25-40.

Give me strength or give me a reason: Self-control, religion, and the currency of reputation.

Harrison, J., & McKay, R. (2013). Give me strength or give me a reason: Self-control, religion, and the currency of reputation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(6), 688-689.

2012

Commentary on Pinker

Whitehouse, H., & McKay, R. (2012). Commentary on Pinker. Edge.

Delusional inference

McKay, R. (2012). Delusional inference. Mind & Language, 27(3), 330-355.

Delay discounting rates are temporally stable in an equivalent present value procedure using theoretical and ‘Area under the Curve’ analyses

Harrison, J., & McKay, R. (2012). Delay discounting rates are temporally stable in an equivalent present value procedure using theoretical and ‘Area under the Curve’ analyses. Psychological Record, 62, 307-320.

The sleep of reason: Do atheists improve the stock?

McKay, R., & Dennett, D. (2012). The sleep of reason: Do atheists improve the stock?. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2(1), 78-80.

2011

Wrath of God: Religious primes and punishment

McKay, R., Efferson, C., Whitehouse, H., & Fehr, E. (2011). Wrath of God: Religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological sciences, 278(1713), 1858-1863.

Surveillance cues enhance moral condemnation

Bourrat, P., Baumard, N., & McKay, R. (2011). Surveillance cues enhance moral condemnation. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 193-199.

Delusional belief

Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & McKay, R. (2011). Delusional belief. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 271-298.

Isn’t it ironic?: A review of Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind

McKay, R. (2011). Isn’t it ironic?: A review of Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(6), 444-446.

Protesting too much: Self-deception and self-signaling

McKay, R., Mijovic-Prelec, D., & Prelec, D. (2011). Protesting too much: Self-deception and self-signaling. Behavioral and Brain Sciences,34(1), 34-35.

2010

The subtleties of error management

McKay, R., & Efferson, C. (2010). The subtleties of error management. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(5), 309-319.

Confabulation, delusion, and anosognosia: Motivational factors and false claims

McKay, R., & Kinsbourne, M. (2010). Confabulation, delusion, and anosognosia: Motivational factors and false claims. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15(1), 288-318.

Lateralisation of self-esteem: an investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test

McKay, R., Arciuli, J., Atkinson, A., Bennett, E., & Pheils, E. (2010). Lateralisation of self-esteem: an investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test. Cortex, 46(3), 367-73.

2009

The evolution of misbelief

McKay, R., & Dennett, D. C. (2009). The evolution of misbelief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6), 493-510.

"Sleights of mind": Delusions and self-deception

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2009). "Sleights of mind": Delusions and self-deception. In T. Bayne, & J. Fernandez (Eds.),Delusion and Self-Deception: Affective and Motivational Influences on Belief Formation. (pp. 165-85). Hove: Psychology Press.

Our evolving beliefs about evolved misbelief

McKay, R., & Dennett, D. (2009). Our evolving beliefs about evolved misbelief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6), 541-51.

2008

Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: self-deception and a broken heart

Baird, A. D., & McKay, R. (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: self-deception and a broken heart. Neurocase, 14(5), 400-13.

The cognitive neuropsychological understanding of persecutory delusions

Langdon, R., McKay, R., & Coltheart, M. (2008). The cognitive neuropsychological understanding of persecutory delusions. In D. Freeman, R. Bentall, & P. Garety (Eds.), Persecutory Delusions: Assessment, Theory, and Treatment. (pp. 221-36). New York: Oxford University Press.

2007

Reconciling psychodynamic and neurological perspectives on denial

McKay, R., & Anderson, M. (2007). Reconciling psychodynamic and neurological perspectives on denial. Cortex, 43(8), 1102-3; discussion 1116-21

Jumping to delusions? Paranoia, probabilistic reasoning, and need for closure

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2007). Jumping to delusions? Paranoia, probabilistic reasoning, and need for closure. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12(4), 362-76.

The defensive function of persecutory delusions: an investigation using the Implicit Association Test

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2007). The defensive function of persecutory delusions: an investigation using the Implicit Association Test. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12(1), 1-24.

Attributional style in a case of Cotard delusion

McKay, R., & Cipolotti, L. (2007). Attributional style in a case of Cotard delusion. Consciousness and Cognition, 16(2), 349-59.

Models of misbelief: Integrating motivational and deficit theories of delusions

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2007). Models of misbelief: Integrating motivational and deficit theories of delusions.Consciousness and Cognition, 16(4), 932-41.

Schizophrenia and monothematic delusions

Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & McKay, R. (2007). Schizophrenia and monothematic delusions. Schizophrenia bulletin, 33(3), 642-7.

2006

The Persecutory Ideation Questionnaire

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006). The Persecutory Ideation Questionnaire. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(8), 628-31.

Need for closure, jumping to conclusions, and decisiveness in delusion-prone individuals

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006). Need for closure, jumping to conclusions, and decisiveness in delusion-prone individuals.Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(6), 422-6.

A continuum of mindfulness

Dennett, D., & McKay, R. (2006). A continuum of mindfulness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(4), 353-4.

2005

"Sleights of mind": Delusions, defences and self-deception.

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2005). "Sleights of mind": Delusions, defences and self-deception.Cognitive Neuropsychiatry,10(4), 305-326.

Paranoia, persecutory delusions and attributional biases.

McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2005). Paranoia, persecutory delusions and attributional biases.Psychiatry Research, 136, 233-245.

2004

Hallucinating God? The cognitive neuropsychiatry of religious belief and experience.

McKay, R. (2004). Hallucinating God? The cognitive neuropsychiatry of religious belief and experience.Evolution and Cognition, 10(1), 114-125.

2001

Attractiveness of facial averageness and symmetry in non-Western cultures: In search of biologically based standards of beauty.

Rhodes, G., Yoshikawa, S., Clark, A., Lee, K., McKay, R., & Akamatsu, S. (2001). Attractiveness of facial averageness and symmetry in non-Western cultures: In search of biologically based standards of beauty.Perception, 30, 611-625.

Do facial averageness and symmetry signal health?

Rhodes, G., Zebrowitz, L., Clark, A., Kalick, M., Hightower, A., & McKay, R. (2001). Do facial averageness and symmetry signal health?.Evolution and Human Behavior, 22(1), 31-46.


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