This is a list of my current and forthcoming publications. For more information about my academic activities, please refer to my CV.


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Journal Articles and Book Chapters



McKay, R. M., Jong, J., O'Lone, K. (n.d.). Idolizing the indexical: commentary on Van Leeuwen and van Elk. [Commentary] Religion, Brain & Behavior.

Willard, A. K., Nakawake, Y., & Jong, J. (n.d.). The evolution of the shaman's cultural toolkit. [Commentary] Behavioral and Brain Sciences.



Arrowood, R. B., Jong, J., Vail III., K. E., & Hood, R. W. (2018). Guest editors' foreword: On the importance of integrating terror management and psychology of religion. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8, 1-3. Special issue of RBB available here:

Jackson, J. C., Jong, J., Bilkey, D., Whitehouse, H., Zollman, S., McNaughton, C., & Halberstadt, J. (2018). Synchrony and arousal increase cohesion and cooperation in large naturalistic groups. Scientific Reports, 18, 127. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18023-4

Jackson, J., Jong, J., Bluemke, M., Poulter, P., Morgenroth, L. & Halberstadt, J. (2018).  Testing the causal relationship between religiosity and death anxiety. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8, 57-68.

Jong, J., Ross, R., Philip, T., Chang, S. H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (2018). The religious correlates of death anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8, 4-20.

Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2018 ). Death anxiety and religious belief: responses to commentaries. Religion, Brain & Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2017.1414712



Bering, J., Curtin, E., & Jong, J. (2017). Knowledge of deaths in hotel rooms diminishes perceived value and elicits strong guest aversion. OMEGA—Journal of Death and Dying. doi:10.1177/0030222817709694

Buric, I., Farias, M., Jong, J., Mee, C., & Brazil, I. (2017).  What is the molecular signature of mind-body interventions? A systematic review of gene expression changes induced by meditation and related practices. Frontiers in Immunology. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2017.00670

Jackson, J. C., Bilkey, D., Jong, J., Rossignac-Milon, M., Halberstadt, J. (2017). Strangers in a stadium: studying group dynamics with in-vivo behavioral tracking. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi:10.1177/1948550617709112

Jong, J. (2017). "Belief in spiritual beings": E. B. Tylor's (primitive) cognitive theory of religion. In P-F Tremlett, G. Harvey, & L. T. Sutherland (eds.), Edward Burnett Tylor, Religion and Culture. London, UK: Bloomsbury. Book details at

Jong, J. (2017). What are human beings (that you are mindful of them)?: Notes from neo-Darwinism and neo-Aristotelianism. In M. Fuller, D. Evers, A. Runehov, & K.-W. Sæther, (eds.), Issues in Science and Theology: Are We Special? (Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology). Cham, CH: Springer. Book details at

Jong, J., Zahl, B. P., & Sharp, C. (2017). Indirect and implicit measures of religiosity. In R. Finke & C. Bader (eds.), Faithful Measures: New Methods in the Measurement of Religion. New York, NY: New York University Press. Book details at

Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2017). What is the causal relationship between death anxiety and religious belief? Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7, 296-298.

Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J., Whitehouse, H. (2017). Rituals improve children’s ability to delay gratification. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.1276

Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M. D., Gómez, Á., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C. M., Newson, M., Matthews, M., Lanman, J. A., & Gavrilets, S. (2017). The evolution of identity fusion and extreme cooperation. Scientific Reports, 7, 44292.



Bluemke, M., Jong, J., Grevenstein, D., Mikloušić, I., & Halberstadt, J. (2016). Measuring cross-cultural supernatural beliefs with self and peer reports. PLOS One.

Halberstadt, J., Jackson, J. C., Bilkey, D., Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., McNaughton, C., & Zollman, S. (2016). Incipient social groups: an analysis via in-vivo behavioral tracking. PLOS One.

Reddish, P., Tong, E. M. W., Jong, J., Lanman, J. A., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Collective synchrony reduces in-group bias. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjso.12165



Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., Kavanagh, C., & Lane, J. (2015). Shared negative experiences lead to identity fusion via personal reflection. PLOS One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0145611

Jackson, J., Halberstadt, J., Jong, J., & Felman, H. (2015). Perceived openness to experience accounts for religious homogamy. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550615574302

Jong, J. (2015). On (not) defining (non)religion. Science, Religion and Culture, 2, 15-24 .

Jong, J., Kavanagh, C., & Visala, A. (2015). Born idolaters: The limits of the philosophical implications of the cognitive science of religion. Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 57, 244-266.  



Alogna, V. K., Attaya, M. K., Aucoin, P., Bahnik, S., Birch, S., Birt, A. R., … Jong, J., et al. (2014). Registered replication report: Schooler and Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 556—578.

Jong, J. (2014). Ernest Becker’s psychology of religion: a view from social cognitive psychology. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 49, 875—889.

Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Three quests for human nature: some philosophical reflections. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences, 1, 146—171.

Jong, J., & Visala, A. (2014). Evolutionary debunking arguments against theism, reconsidered. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 76, 243—258. 

Halberstadt, J., & Jong, J. (2014). Scaring the bejesus into people: the role of religious belief in managing implicit and explicit anxiety. In J. Forgas and E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), Motivation and its regulation: the control within (pp. 331—350). New York, NY: Psychology Press.



Jong, J. (2013). Implicit measures in the experimental psychology of religion. In G. Dawes, & J. Maclaurin. A new science of religion (pp. 65—78)New York, NY: Routledge.

Jong, J. (2013). Explaining religion (away?): theism and the cognitive science of religion. Sophia, 52, 521—533. 

Jong, J. (2013). On faith and the fear of fatality: a review of recent research on death and deities. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1, 193—214.

Jong, J., Bluemke, M., & Halberstadt, J. (2013). Fear of death and supernatural beliefs: developing a new Supernatural Belief Scale to test the relationship. European Journal of Personality, 27, 495—506.



Dawes, G., & Jong, J. (2012). Defeating the Christian’s claim to warrant. Philo, 15, 127—144.

Jong, J. Halberstadt, J., & Bluemke, M. (2012). Foxhole atheism, revisited: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 983—989.


Book reviews

Jong, J. (2014, November 11). How not to criticise the (evolutionary) cognitive science of religion. [Review of “Evolution, Religion, & Cognitive Science: Critical & Constructive Essays” by Fraser Watts and Léon Turner (eds)] Marginalia Review of Books. Retrieved from

Jong, J. (2013). Review of “Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Science of Religion” by Aku Visala. Reviews in Science and Religion, 62, 33—39.

Jong, J. (2013). Review of “Where the conflict really lies” by Alvin Plantinga. Science and Christian Belief, 25, 85—86.

Jong, J. (2011). Review of “The God instinct: the psychology of souls, destiny, and the meaning of life” by Jesse Bering. Ars Disputandi, 11, 79—82.


Popular media


The Conversation

From mummification to ‘sky burials’: why we need death rituals

How scared of death are we really?  — And how does that affect us?

Five surprising findings about death and dying

Children from non-religious homes are more generous than their peers, study suggests


Huffington Post

Religion Ain't Sexy — But Why?

Why We Should Talk More About Death

The Psychology of Political Differences


Other media outlets

What happens after I die? in BBC iWonder.

Are we wired to believe in a higher power? in BBC iWonder.

The new science of religion and what it might mean for faith. in CASE.

Death and deities: a social cognitive perspective. in The Inquisitive Mind.

Religion explained? in Critic