Mr Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Personal profile

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Belief formation (particularly religious belief and delusional belief)
  • Cultural evolution (particularly folktale evolution and language evolution)

GOOGLE SCHOLAR PROFILE:

http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=i8EP79UAAAAJ&hl=en

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Ross, R. M., Hartig, B, & McKay, R. (in press). Analytic cognitive style predicts paranormal explanations of anomalous experiences but not the experiences themselves: Implications for cognitive theories of delusions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
  • Ross, R. M., & McKay, R. (in press). Why is belief in God not a delusion? Religion, Brain & Behavior.
  • Jong, J., Ross, R. M., Philip, T., Chang, S-H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. (in press). The religious correlates of death anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
  • McKay, R., Ross, R. M., O’Lone, K., & Efferson, C. (in press). The error of god, revisited. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
  • Ross, R. M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (in press). Perception, cognition, and delusion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Ross, R. M., Pennycook, G., McKay, R., Gervais, W. M., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2016). Analytic cognitive style, not delusional ideation, predicts data gathering in a large beads task study. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. doi: 10.1080/13546805.2016.1192025
  • Pennycook, G., Ross, R. M., Koehler, D. J., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2016). Atheists and agnostics are more reflective than religious believers: Four empirical studies and a meta-analysis. PLOS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153039
  • Ross, R. M., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Cultural differentiation does not entail group-level structure: The case for geographically explicit analysis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 37-38. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15000217, e49
  • Pennycook, G. & Ross, R. M. (2016). Commentary on Cognitive reflection vs. calculation in decision making. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(9). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00009
  • Ross, R. M., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2016). Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 47-53. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.08.001
  • Ross, R. M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2015). Jumping to conclusions about the beads task? A meta-analysis of delusional ideation and data-gathering. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 41(5), 1183-1191. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu187
  • Ross, R. M., Greenhill, S. J., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2013). Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280(1756), 20123065. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.3065
  • Ross, R. M., McNair, N. A., Fairhall, S. L., Clapp, W. C., Hamm, J. P., Teyler, T. J., & Kirk, I. J. (2008). Induction of orientation-specific LTP-like changes in human visual evoked potentials by rapid sensory stimulation. Brain Research Bulletin, 76(1-2), 97-101. doi:10.1016/j.brainresbull.2008.01.021
  • Gray, R. D., Greenhill, S. J., & Ross, R. M. (2007). The pleasures and perils of Darwinizing culture (using phylogenies). Biological Theory, 2(4), 360-375. doi:10.1162/biot.2007.2.4.360

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  • August 2016: Ross, R. M., Jong, J., Philip, T., Chang, S-H., Simons, N., & Halberstadt, J. A meta-analysis of the relationship between death anxiety and religiosity. Paper presented at the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion 2016, Vancouver, Canada
  • November 2015: Ross, R. M., & Atkinson, Q. D. Folktale transmission in the Arctic provides evidence for high bandwidth social learning among hunter-gatherer groups. Paper presented at London Evolutionary Research Network Annual Conference, Queen Mary University of London, London.
  • August 2014: Ross, R. M., Greenhill, S., & Atkinson, Q. D. Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • June 2008: Ross, R. M., Gray, R. D., & Campbell, L. The Uto-Aztecans: Foragers from the north or farmers from the south? Paper presented at the Human Behavior & Evolution Society 20th Annual Conference, Kyoto, Japan.
  • February 2008: Ross, R. M., Gray, R. D., & Campbell, L. The Uto-Aztecans: Foragers from the north or farmers from the south? Paper presented at the New Zealand Phylogenetics Conference, Whitianga, New Zealand.

MEDIA COVERAGE AND ENGAGEMENT:

  • May 2016: de Volkskrant (third-highest circulation newspaper in the Netherlands) “Sprookjes uit over-over-overgrootmoeders tijd” ["Fairytales from the time of our great-great-great grandmothers"] http://www.volkskrant.nl/wetenschap/sprookjes-uit-over-over-overgrootmoeders-tijd~a4295540/
  • January 2016: Süddeutsche Zeitung (highest circulation subscription newspaper in Germany) "Rotkäppchen und der böse Tiger" ["Little Red Riding Hood and the angry Tiger"]
  • December 2014: Business Insider “Amazing folktale map reveals deep links between cultures” http://uk.businessinsider.com/folktale-map-reveals-cultural-links-2014-12?r=US&IR=T/
  • December 2013: Wired “The surprising ways humans continue to evolve” http://www.wired.com/2013/02/human-evolution/
  • November 2013: Science News “Little Red Riding Hood gets an evolutionary makeover” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/little-red-riding-hood-gets-evolutionary-makeover
  • November 2013: Science “The evolution of Little Red Riding Hood” http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2013/11/evolution-little-red-riding-hood
  • February 2013: Nature  “Genes mix faster than stories” http://www.nature.com/news/genes-mix-faster-than-stories-1.12359
  • February 2013: National Geographic “Humans swap DNA more readily than they swap stories” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130206-folktale-europe-human-culture-dna-geography-science/
  • February 2013: New Scientist "Genes mix across boarders more easily than folktales" https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23145-genes-mix-across-borders-more-easily-than-folk-tales/

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