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Here are links to my publications. They're in (roughly) reverse chronological order. 


The articles and chapters below can be downloaded for personal academic use only; they are not intended for sale or widespread dissemination.


Gervais, W. M. (in press). Perceiving minds and gods: How mind perception enables, constrains, and is triggered by belief in gods. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Norenzayan, A. & Gervais, W. M. (2013). The origins of religious disbelief. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 20-25.

Gervais, W. M. & Norenzayan, A. (2012). Analytic thinking promotes religious disbelief. Science, 336, 493-496.

Norenzayan, A., Gervais, W., & Trzesniewski, K. (2012). Mentalizing deficits constrain belief in a personal God. PLoS ONE7, e36880.

Gervais, W. M. & Norenzayan, A. (2012). Reminders of secular authority reduce believers' distrust of atheists. Psychological Science, 23, 483-491.  

Gervais, W. M. (forthcoming). Religious cognitions. Chapter to appear in V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, personality, and social behavior. Psychology Press. 

Gervais, W. M. & Norenzayan, A. (in press). Religion and the origins of anti-atheist prejudice. Chapter to appear in S. Clarke, R. Powell, & J. Savulescu (Eds.), Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Gervais, W. M. & Norenzayan, A. (2012). Like a camera in the sky? Thinking about God increases public self-awareness and socially desirable responding. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 298-302. 

Norenzayan, A., & Gervais, W. M. (2012). The cultural evolution of religion. In E. Slingerland & M.Collard (Eds.) Creating Consilience: Integrating science and the humanities. (pp. 243-265). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gervais, W. M., Shariff, A. F., & Norenzayan, A. (2011). Do you believe in atheists? Distrust is central to anti-atheist prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1189-1206. 

Gervais, W. M., Willard, A., Norenzayan, A., & Henrich, J. (2011). The cultural transmission of faith: Why natural intuitions and memory biases are necessary, but insufficient, to explain religious belief. Religion, 41, 389-410. 

Gervais, W. M. (2011). Finding the faithless: Perceived atheist prevalence reduces anti-atheist prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 543-556. 

Gervais, W. M. & Henrich, J. (2010). The Zeus problem: Why representational content biases cannot explain faith in gods. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10, 383-389. 

Schaller, M., Miller, G. E., Gervais, W. M., Yager, S., & Chen, E. (2010). Mere visual perception of other peroples' disease symptoms facilitates a more aggressive immune response. Psychological Science, 21, 649-652. 

Gervais, W. M., Reed, C. L., Beall, P. M., and Roberts, R. J. (2010). Implied body action directs spatial attention. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 72, 1437-1443. 

Norenzayan, A., Shariff, A. F., & Gervais, W. M. (2010). The Evolution of Religious Misbelief. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 531-532.