Bering, J. M. (in press). Why do we see supernatural signs in natural events? In D. J. Slone and W. W. McCorkle (Eds.), The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies. New York: Bloomsbury. 

Bering, J. M., Curtin, E. R., and Jong, J. (in press). Knowledge of deaths in hotel rooms diminishes perceived value and elicits guest aversion. OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying.

White, C., Kinsella, M., & Bering, J. M. (in press). How to know you’ve survived death: A cognitive account of the popularity of contemporary post-mortem survival narratives. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.


Bering, J. (2015). A review of Fuckology: Critical essays on John Money’s diagnostic concepts. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41, 693-694.

Shackelford, T. S., Liddle, J. R., Bering, J. M., & Shalkoski, G. (2014). Unbidden confession as an evolved pre-emptive strategy against punishment: A preliminary investigation with prisoners. Personality and Individual Differences61, 86-90.

Heywood, B. T., & Bering, J. M. (2014). “Meant to be”: How religious beliefs and cultural religiosity affect the implicit bias to think teleologically. Religion, Brain & Behavior4, 183-201.

Piazza, J. R., & Bering, J. M. (2011). “Princess Alice is watching you”: Children’s belief in an invisible person inhibits cheating. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109, 311-320. 

Piazza, J. R. & Bering, J. M. (2010). The coevolution of secrecy and stigmatization. Human Nature, 21, 290-308.

Holbrook-Hahn, J., Holbrook, C., & Bering, J. M. (2010). Snakes, spiders, strangers: How the evolved fear of strangers may misdirect efforts to protect children from harm. In J. Lampinen and K. Sexton-Radek (Eds.), Protecting children from violence: Evidence based interventions (pp. 263-287). New York: Psychology Press.


Bering, J. (2010). Atheism is only skin deep: Geertz and Markússon rely mistakenly on sociodemographic data as meaningful indicators of underlying cognition. Religion, 40, 166-168. 

Bering, J. (2010). The nonexistent purpose of people: Have our minds evolved to see human beings as types of artifacts? The Psychologist, 23, 290-293.

Ingram, G. P. D., & Bering, J. M. (2010). Children’s tattling: The reporting of everyday norm violations in preschool settings. Child Development, 81, 945-957.

Piazza, J. R., & Bering, J. M. (2009). Evolutionary cyber-psychology: Applying an evolutionary framework to Internet behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 1258-1269.

Johnson, D. D. P., & Bering, J. M. (2009). Hand of God, mind of man: Punishment and cognition in the evolution of cooperation. In J. Schloss and M. Murray (Eds.), The believing primate: Scientific, philosophical, and theological reflections on the origin of religion (pp. 26-43). New York: Oxford University Press.


Ingram, G. P. D., Piazza, J., & Bering, J. M. (2009). The adaptive problem of absent third-party punishment. In H. Høgh-Olesen, L. Hansen and P. Bertelsen (Eds.), Human characteristics: Evolutionary perspectives on human mind and kind (pp. 205-229). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.


Bering, J. (2009). Invited commentary on C. Popp Weingarten and J. S. Chisholm, Attachment and cooperation in religious groups. Current Anthropology, 50, 772.

Piazza, J. R. & Bering, J. M. (2008). The effects of perceived anonymity on altruistic punishment. Evolutionary Psychology, 6, 487-501.

Piazza, J. R., & Bering, J. M. (2008). Concerns about reputation via gossip promote generous allocations in an economic game. Evolution & Human Behavior, 29,172-178.

Bering, J. M. (2008). How Sartre inadvertently presaged a proper evolutionary science of religion. In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, C. Genet, R. Genet, E. Harris, & K. Wyman (Eds.), The evolution of religion: Studies, theories, and critiques. Santa Margarita, CA: The Collins Foundations Press.


Bering, J. M. (2008). Why hell is other people: Distinctively human psychological suffering. Review of General Psychology, 12, 1-8.

Bering, J. M., & Bjorklund, D. F. (2007). The serpent’s gift: Evolutionary psychology and consciousness. In P. D. Zelazo, M. Moscovitch and E. Thompson (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of consciousness, pp. 597-630. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Bering, J. M. (2006). The folk psychology of souls. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 29, 453-498.

Bering, J. M. (2006). The cognitive psychology of supernatural belief [As reprinted from American Scientist]. In P. McNamara (Ed.). Where God and science meet: How brain and evolutionary studies alter our understanding of religion (pp. 123-134). Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.


Johnson, D. D. P. & Bering, J. M. (2006). Hand of God, mind of man: Punishment and cognition in the evolution of cooperation. Evolutionary Psychology, 4, 219-233.

Bering, J. M. & Parker, B. D. (2006). Children’s attributions of intentions to an invisible agent. Developmental Psychology, 42, 253-262.

Bering, J. M. & Shackelford, T. K. (2005, December). Evolutionary psychology and false confession. American Psychologist, 60(9), 1037-1038.

Bering, J. M., McLeod, K. A., & Shackelford, T. K. (2005). Reasoning about dead agents reveals possible adaptive trends. Human Nature, 16, 360-381.

Bering, J. M., Hernández-Blasi, C., Bjorklund, D. F. (2005). The development of ‘afterlife’ beliefs in secularly and religiously schooled children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 23, 587-607.

Bering, J. M., & Johnson, D. D. P. (2005). “O Lord . . . you perceive my thoughts from afar”: Recursiveness and the evolution of supernatural agency. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 5, 118-142.

Bering, J. M. (2005). The evolutionary history of an illusion: Religious causal beliefs in children and adults. In B. Ellis & D. Bjorklund (Eds.), Origins of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and child development (pp. 411-437). New York: Guilford Press.


Bering, J. M., & Shackelford, T. K. (2004). Supernatural agents may have provided adaptive social information: Comment on Atran and Norenzayan. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, 732-733.

Bering, J. M., & Shackelford, T. K. (2004). The causal role of consciousness: A conceptual addendum to human evolutionary psychology. Review of General Psychology, 8, 227-248.

Bering, J. M. (2004). A critical review of the ‘enculturation hypothesis’: The effects of human rearing on great ape social cognition. Animal Cognition, 7, 201-212.

Bering, J. M. (2004). Natural selection is non-denominational: Why evolutionary models of religion should be more concerned with behavior than concepts. Evolution and Cognition, 10, 126-137.

Bering, J. M., & Bjorklund, D.F. (2004). The natural emergence of reasoning about the afterlife as a developmental regularity. Developmental Psychology, 40, 217-233.

Hernández-Blasi, C., Bering, J. M., & Bjorklund, D. F. (2003). Evolutionary developmental psychology: Viewing human ontogeny through the eyes of evolutionary theory (Psicología Evolucionista del Desarrollo: Contemplando la ontogénesis humana desde los ojos del evolucionismo). Infancia y Aprendizaje, 26, 267-285.

Bering, J. M. (2003). Religious concepts are probably epiphenomena: A reply to Pyysiäinen, Boyer, and Barrett. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 3, 244-254.

Bering, J. M. (2003). Towards a cognitive theory of existential meaning. New Ideas in Psychology, 21, 101-120.

Bjorklund, D. F., & Bering, J. M. (2003). A note on the development of deferred imitation in enculturated juvenile chimpanzees. Developmental Review, 23, 389-412. 

Bering, J. M., & Povinelli, D. J. (2003). Comparing cognitive development. In D. Maestripieri (Ed.), Primate psychology: Bridging the gap between the mind and behavior of human and nonhuman primates (pp. 205-233). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Bjorklund, D. F. & Bering, J. M. (2003). Big brains, slow development, and social complexity: The developmental and evolutionary origins of social cognition. In M. Brüne (Ed.), The social brain – evolutionary aspects of development and pathology (pp. 113-151). Wiley.


Povinelli, D. J., Bering, J., & Giambrone, S. (2003). Chimpanzee ‘pointing’: Another error of the argument by analogy? In S. Kita (Ed.), Pointing: Where language, culture, and cognition meet (pp. 35-68). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Bering, J. M. (2002). Intuitive conceptions of dead agents’ minds: The natural foundations of afterlife beliefs as phenomenological boundary. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2, 263-308.

Povinelli, D. J., & Bering, J. M. (2002). The mentality of apes revisited. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 115-119.

Bering, J. M. (2002). ‘Ratcheting’ up the scalae naturae? Review of The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition by M. Tomasello. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 1, 353-358.

Bjorklund, D. F., Yunger, J. L., Bering, J. M., & Ragan, P. (2002). The generalization of deferred imitation in enculturated chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Animal Cognition, 5, 49-58.

Bjorklund, D. F., & Bering, J. M. (2002). Milestones in development. In N. J. Salkind & L. Margolis (Eds.) Child development, Vol. 1, in Macmillan Psychology Reference Series (pp. 272-275). Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan.


Bering, J. M. (2002). The existential theory of mind. Review of General Psychology, 6, 3-24.

Bering, J. M. (2001). Are chimpanzees ‘mere’ existentialists? A phylogenetic approach to religious origins. Evolution and Cognition, 7, 126-133.

Bering, J. M. (2001). Theistic percepts in other species: Can chimpanzees represent the minds of non- natural agents? Journal of Cognition and Culture, 1, 107-137.

Bering, J. M. (2001). God is not in the mirror: A reply to Gallup and Maser. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 1, 207-211.

Bjorklund, D. F., & Bering, J. M. (2000). The evolved child: Applying evolutionary developmental psychology to modern schooling. Learning and Individual Differences, 12, 347-373.

Bering, J. M., Bjorklund, D. F., & Ragan, P. (2000). Deferred imitation of object-related actions in human- reared, juvenile great apes. Developmental Psychobiology, 36, 218-232.

Bjorklund, D. F., Bering, J. M., & Ragan, P. (2000). A two-year longitudinal study of deferred imitation of object manipulation in an enculturated juvenile chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Developmental Psychobiology, 37, 229-237.

Povinelli, D. J., Bering, J., & Giambrone, S. (2000). Toward a science of other minds: Escaping the argument by analogy. Cognitive Science, 24, 509-41.