Rossano, M. J. (2015). Seeking perfection: A modern dialogue about the mind, the soul, and what it means to be human. Piscataway, N. J.: Transaction Publishers. more info
Rossano, M.J. (2013) Mortal rituals: What the story
of the Andes survivors tells us about human evolution. New York: Columbia University Press. more info
Rossano, M.J. (2002). Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Behavior and Evolution. New York: John Wiley & Sons for more see
Rossano, M. J. & Vandewalle, B.
(2016). Belief, ritual, and the evolution of religion. In J.
R. Liddle & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), The Oxford
Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Religion (pp.
xx-xx). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pdf
Rossano, M.J. (2015). Sound and fury
signifying nothing. In L. H. Martin & D. Wiebe (Eds.). Conversations
and controversies in the scientific study of religion (pp.
163-168). Boston: Brill. pdf
Rossano, M.J. (2011). Setting our own
terms: How we used ritual to become human. In H. Walach, S.
Schmidt, & W. B. Jonas (Eds.). Neuroscience, consciousness and spirituality (pp.
39-56). New York: Springer. pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2010). Harnessing the
placebo effect: Religion as a cultural adaptation. In U. Frey
(Ed.), The nature of God:
Evolution and religion (pp. 111-128). Berlin:
Rossano, M.J. (2009). The archaeology of consciousness. In S. de Beaune, F. L. Coolidge, & T. Wynn (Eds.), Cognitive archaeology and human evolution (pp. 25-36). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2009). The African Interregnum: The ‘where,’ ‘when,’ and ‘why,’ of the evolution of religion. In E. Voland & W. Schiefenhövel (Eds.) The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behaviour (pp. 127-141). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. pdf availableArticles:
Rossano, M.J. (2010). Making friends, making tools, and making symbols. Current Anthropology, 51, S89-S98 (special issue on working memory:
beyond language and symbolism) page proofs available
Rossano, M.J. (2009). Ritual behaviour and the origins of modern cognition. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 19, 243–56 pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2008). The moral faculty: Does religion promote 'moral expertise?' The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18, 169-194 pdf avialable.
Rossano, M.J. (2007c). Supernaturalizing social life: Religion and the evolution of human cooperation. Human Nature 18, 272-294. pdf of proofs available
Rossano, M.J. (2007b). On not leaving your brain at the church house door: Religion on which the devout and skeptic can agree. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 42, 301-315. pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2007a). Did meditating make us human? Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 17, 47-58 pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2006). The religious mind and the evolution of religion. Review of General Psychology. 10, 346-364 pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2005). Pursuing consciousness by studying expertise (invited article). International Journal of Computational Cognition, 3, 1-13. pdf available
Rossano, M.J. (2003). Expertise and the evolution of consciousness. Cognition, 89, 207-236. pdf of page proofs available
Rossano, M.J. (2001). Artificial intelligence, religion, and community concern. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 36, 57-75. pdf available
Rossano, M. J., West, S.O.,
Robertson, T. J., Wayne, M.C., & Chase, R. B. (1999).
The acquisition of route and survey knowledge from
computer models. Journal of Environmental Psycholgy,
19, 101-115 pdf available
Rossano, M.J. & Reardon, W.P.
(1999). Goal specificity and the acquisition of survey
knowledge. Environment and Behavior, 31, 395-412.
Rossano, M. J. (2018). Supernatural beliefs and “functional
psychosis." (Comment on K.J. Flannelly's book Religious
Beliefs, Evolutionary Psychiatry, and Mental Health in America)
Religion, Brain & Behavior, DOI:
10.1080/2153599X.2018.1532451 pdf of author
Rossano, M. J. & LeBlanc, A. (2017). Why add the
supernatural? Comment on essays addressing Hilbert Problems in
the Study of Religion. Religion, Brain and Behavior.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249932 pdf available
Rossano, M. J. (2015). Art as materialized and embodied ritual.
Comment on Anthony Lock's Evolution, aesthestics, the
inter-relationship between viewer and artist, and New
Zealandism. ASEBL Journal, 11, 2-55 target article and commentaries
Rossano, M.J. (2014). Sound and fury signifying nothing (comment on Pro- and assortative-sociality in the formation and maintenance of religious groups by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe). Journald for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2, 1-57 pdf of page proofs article and comment
Rossano, M.J. (2012). Ritually faking belief
(commentary on target article "What are atheists for?" by
Dominic Johnson). Religion,
Brain, and Behavior, 2, 81-83. pdf available
(target article and other commentaries included).
Rossano, M.J. (2011). Cognitive control: Social evolution and
emotional regulation. Topics
in Cognitive Science, 3, 238-241. pdf of page proofs available
Rossano, M.J. (2010) Cautiously digging up the mind (Review of
Cognitive Archaeology and
The Rise of Homo Sapiens),
Journal, 20, 1-3. pdf of review
Rossano, M.J. (2009). Does biology
matter? Deliberation Knowledge Ethics (Erwagen
20, 224-225. In response to Foerst,
A. Robots and theology 181-193 pdf article and response (note:
first page blank)
Talk on evolution of ritual and religion, University of
Essay from 52-insights website
on "Young Turks" radio show on suicide bombers and book
Religion through the lense of
religionship (originally titled: Imagining John, Yoko,
and religion too)
Religion is not delusion (orginally titled: Is religion delusional?)
Religion does not equal war (orginally titled: Gods of war)
St. Augustine: A role model for intelligent faith (originally titled: Christians aren't supposed to be stupid)
Would evidence for God mean the end of both atheism and Christianity? (originally titled: Evidence of God)
Religion and the perfection of love
How the myth of the flat earth dogma started a science and religion war (originally titled: starting a war with a flat earth)
The surprising effect of religious devotion on suicide attacks (originally titled: dying for the group)
Thomas Aquinas: Saint of evolutionary psychologists? (originally titled: Thomas Aquinas evolutionary psychologist?)
Who is may neighbor? The best and worst of religious morality
Fear of death, joy of life and the origins of God
Sacred Brands: Consummerism as modern religion
Why the birthplace of Jesus matters
Alexander Hamilton's religion
The Pope, the environment, and religiously-inspired self-restraint
Jesus the placebo healer
The theological dilemma raised by Medieval neuroscience
God and the marketplace
Whom can I trust: The role of religion in sustaining community
Why was Jesus crucified?
Does Resurrection contradict science?
Can you be good withough God?
The Christian Revolution
How to make a strong atheist
The (lack of) conflict between science and religion among college students
Evolution: Is God just playing dice
Did secular morality shame religion into condemning slavery?
The Galileo Affair: Emblematic or exceptional?
Are infinities more scientific than God?
Should evolutionists be more self-critical about social Darwinism?
Creationism: That (not so) old time religion