Joseph Watts
Joseph Watts
Psychology Department, University of Canterbury
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Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure
JC Jackson, J Watts, TR Henry, JM List, R Forkel, PJ Mucha, SJ Greenhill, ...
Science 366 (6472), 1517-1522, 2019
Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia
J Watts, SJ Greenhill, QD Atkinson, TE Currie, J Bulbulia, RD Gray
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 282 (1804 …, 2015
Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies
J Watts, O Sheehan, QD Atkinson, J Bulbulia, RD Gray
Nature, 2016
Attributing false beliefs about object identity reveals a signature blind spot in humans’ efficient mind-reading system
J Low, J Watts
Psychological science 24 (3), 305-311, 2013
From text to thought: How analyzing language can advance psychological science
J Jackson, J Watts, JM List, R Drabble, K Lindquist
Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2021
Cultural macroevolution matters
RD Gray, J Watts
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (30), 7846-7852, 2017
Pulotu: Database of Austronesian supernatural beliefs and practices
J Watts, O Sheehan, SJ Greenhill, S Gomes-Ng, QD Atkinson, J Bulbulia, ...
PLoS One 10 (9), e0136783, 2015
Coevolution of landesque capital intensive agriculture and sociopolitical hierarchy
O Sheehan, J Watts, RD Gray, QD Atkinson
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (14), 3628-3633, 2018
Are big gods a big deal in the emergence of big groups?
QD Atkinson, AJ Latham, J Watts
Religion, Brain & Behavior 5 (4), 266-274, 2015
The uses and abuses of tree thinking in cultural evolution
CL Evans, SJ Greenhill, J Watts, JM List, CA Botero, RD Gray, KR Kirby
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376 (1828), 20200056, 2021
Church attendance and alloparenting: an analysis of fertility, social support and child development among English mothers
JH Shaver, EA Power, BG Purzycki, J Watts, R Sear, MK Shenk, R Sosis, ...
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375 (1805), 20190428, 2020
Christianity spread faster in small, politically structured societies
J Watts, O Sheehan, J Bulbulia, RD Gray, QD Atkinson
Nature human behaviour 2 (8), 559-564, 2018
Building quantitative cross-cultural databases from ethnographic records: Promise, Problems and principles
J Watts, JC Jackson, C Arnison, EM Hamerslag, JH Shaver, BG Purzycki
Cross-Cultural Research 56 (1), 62-94, 2022
Religious Rituals Increase Social Bonding and Pain Threshold
S Charles, V van Mulukom, M Farias, JE Brown, R Delmonte, ...
PsyArXiv, 2020
Text analysis shows conceptual overlap as well as domain-specific differences in Christian and secular worldviews
J Watts, S Passmore, JC Jackson, C Rzymski, RIM Dunbar
Cognition 201, 104290, 2020
Clarity and causality needed in claims about Big Gods
J Watts, J Bulbulia, RD Gray, QD Atkinson
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39, e27, 2016
Reinvigorating the comparative, cooperative ethnographic sciences of religion
BG Purzycki, J Watts
Free Inquiry 38 (3), 26-29, 2018
Supernatural explanations across 114 societies are more common for natural than social phenomena
JC Jackson, D Dillion, B Bastian, J Watts, W Buckner, N DiMaggio, K Gray
Nature human behaviour 7 (5), 707-717, 2023
Can honest signaling theory clarify religion’s role in the evolution of social inequality?
J Bulbulia, G Fraser, J Watts, JH Shaver, R Gray
Religion, Brain & Behavior 7 (4), 285-288, 2017
Valence-dependent mutation in lexical evolution
JC Jackson, K Lindquist, R Drabble, Q Atkinson, J Watts
Nature Human Behaviour, 1-10, 2022
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