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NB: Most of these papers are available for download on the authors’ personal websites.

Most of these papers are available for download on the authors’ website.


Castelain, T., Bernard, S. & Mercier, H. Evidence that 2-year-old children are sensitive to argument strength. Infancy.

Claidière, N., Amedon, G., André, J-B, Kirby, S., Smith, K., Sperber, D., Fagot, J. (2018) Convergent transformation and selection in cultural evolution. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Mell, H., Safra, L., Algan, Y., Baumard, N., & Chevallier, C. (2018). Childhood Environmental Harshness Predicts Coordinated Health and Reproductive Strategies: A Cross-sectional Study Of A Nationally Representative (France) Sample. Evolution and Human Behavior. 39, (1), 1–8.

Sheskin, M., Chevallier, C., Kanovsky, M. Hulin, M., Ivanescu, A., Lenfesty, H., Regnier, D., Berniunas, R., Castelain, T., Sebesteny A., & Baumard, N. (in press). The needs of the many: Judging sacrifices for the group across cultures. Journal of Cognition and Culture

Umbres, R. & Baumard, N., (in press) Cooperation in Hilary Callan (Ed.) Wiley-Blackwell's International Encyclopedia of Anthropology


Safra, L., Algan, Y., Tecu, T., Grèzes, J., Baumard, N., & Chevallier, C. (2017). Childhood harshness predicts long-lasting leader preferences. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Chevallier, C. Evolutionary approaches to deprivation transform the ethics of policy making. BBS comment on target article: "The Behavioural Constellation of Deprivation: Causes and Consequences" by Gillian V. Pepper and Daniel Nettle.

Ioannou, C., El Zein, M., Wyart, V., Amsellem, F., Delorme, R., Chevallier, C.*, Grèzes, J.* Shared mechanism for emotion processing in adolescents with and without autism, Scientific Reports. (*co-last authors)

Boyer, P. & Baumard, N., Cognitive attractors in the evolution and diffusion of religious representations in Luther Martin and Don Wiebe (Eds.) Religion Explained: The Cognitive Science of Religion Twenty-Five Years On

Mell, H., Safra, L., Baumard, N. and Jacquet, P.O. Climate is not a good candidate to account for variations in aggressionand violence across space and time (commentary to The Logic of Climate and Culture: Evolutionary and Psychological Aspects of CLASH in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40).

Mell, H., Baumard, N., André, J.B. Both collection risk and waiting costs give rise to the behavioural constellation of deprivation (Commentary to The Behavioral Constellation of Constellation in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41)

Aimé, C., J.B. André*, and M. Raymond*(2017). Grandmothering and cognitive resources are required for the emergence of menopause and extensive post-reproductive lifespan. PloS Computational Biology 13(7): e1005631. (*co-last authors)

Debove, S., N. Baumard* and J.B. André* (2017). On the evolutionary origins of equity. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173636 (*co-last authors)

Collins, T, Jacquet, P.O. (2017). TMS over parietal cortex disrupts trans-saccadic visual stability. Brain Stimulation, in press.

Chambon, V., Domenech, P., Jacquet, P.O., Barbalat, G., Bouton, S., Pacherie, E., Koechlin, E., Farrer, C. (2017). Neural coding of prior expectations in hierarchical intention inference. Scientific Reports, 7:1278.

Charafeddine, R., Yamada, T., Matsui, T., Sudo, M., Germain, P., Bernard, S., Castelain, T., Mercier, H. & Van der Henst, J.-B. (in press) Cross-cultural differences in the valuing of dominance by young children. Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Boku, M., Yama, H. & Mercier, H. (in press) Robust improvements on reasoning performance following discussion in Japan. Japanese Psychological Research.

Mercier, H. The intuitive and social dimensions of justifications. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (Commentary)

Mercier, H. Sudo, M., Castelain, T., Bernard, S. & Matsui, T. Japanese preschoolers’ evaluation of circular and non-circular arguments. European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Mercier, H., Boudry, M. Paglieri, F. & Trouche, E. Natural born arguers: Teaching how to make the best of our reasoning abilities. Educational Psychologist.

Mercier, H. How gullible are we? A review of the evidence from psychology and social science. Review of General Psychology.

Claidière, N., Trouche, E. & Mercier, H. Argumentation and the diffusion of counter-intuitive beliefs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Mercier, H., Dezecache, G. & Scott-Phillips, T. Strategically communicating minds. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Mercier, H., Rolison, J., Stragà, M., Ferrante, D., Walsh, C. & Girotto, V. Questioning the preparatory function of counterfactual thinking. Memory & Cognition.

Mercier, H., Politzer, G. & Sperber, D. What causes failure to apply the Pigeonhole Principle in simple reasoning problems? Thinking & Reasoning.

Vullioud, C., Clément, F., Scott-Phillips, T. & Mercier, H. (2017) Confidence as an expression of commitment: Why misplaced expressions of confidence backfire. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Mercier, H., Castelain, T., Hamid, N. & Marín Picado, B. (in press) The power of moral arguments. In Bonnefon, J.-F. & Trémolière, B. (Eds.) Moral Inferences. Psychology Press.

Mercier, H. (in press) Reasoning and argumentation. In Thompson, V.A. & Ball, L.V. (Eds.) International Handbook of Thinking & Reasoning. Psychology Press.

Mercier, H. (in press) Reasoning and argumentation. In Callan, H. (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.


André J.-B and S. Nolfi (2016). Evolutionary robotics simulations help explain why reciprocity is rare in nature. Scientific Reports 6:32785

Bernard A., André* J.-B., and N. Bredeche* (2016). To Cooperate or not to Cooperate: why Behavioural Mechanisms Matter. PloS Computational Biology 12(5): e1004886. (*co-last authors)

Debove, S., Baumard, N. and André, J.B. (2016). Models of the evolution of fairness in the ultimatum game: a review and classification. Evolution and Human Behavior 37(3):245–254.

Bernard A., André J.-B. and Bredeche N. (2016). Evolving Specialisation in a Population of Heterogeneous Robots: the Challenge of Bootstrapping and Maintaining Genotypic Polymorphism. Proceedings of ALife XV: The Fifteenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems.

Boyer, P. & Baumard, N., (2016) The diversity of religious systems: An evolutionary and cognitive framework, in Liddle and Shackelford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion.

Baumard, N., (2016) The origins of fairness: How Evolution Explains Our Moral Nature, Oxford University Press.

Sheskin, M. & Baumard, B. (2016) Switching Away from Utilitarianism: The Limited Role of Utility Calculations in Moral Judgment, PlosOne

Debove, S., Baumard, N. and André, J.-B. (2016), Models of the evolution of fairness in the ultimatum game: a review and classification. Evolution and Human Behavior

Chevallier, C., Tonge, N., Safra, L., Kahn, D., Kohls, G., Miller, J., et Schultz, R.T. (2016) Measuring Social Motivation Using Signal Detection and Reward Responsiveness. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167024

Safra, L., Tecu, T., Lambert, S., Sheskin, M., Baumard, N., Chevallier, C. (2016). Neighborhood Deprivation Negatively Impacts Children’s Prosocial Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1760, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01760

Jacquet, P. O., Baumard, N., & Chevallier, C. (2016). Does culture get embrained? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(21), E2873.

Chanel, G., Pichon, S., Conty, L., Berthoz, S., Chevallier, C.*, & Grèzes, J.* (2016). Classification of autistic individuals and controls using cross-task characterization of fMRI activity. NeuroImage: Clinical, 10, 78-88.

Boyer, P. and Baumard, P. (2016) Projecting WEIRD features on (non-WEIRD) ancient religions, Commentary to 'The Cultural evolution of Prosocial Religions', Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Jacquet, P.O., Roy, A.C., Chambon, V., Borghi, A.M., Salemme, R., Farne, A. (2016). Changing ideas about others’ intentions : updating prior expectations tunes activity in the human motor system. Scientific Reports, 6.

Sheskin, M., Lambert, S. & Baumard, N., (2016) Biological Markets Explain Human Ultrasociality, Commentary to 'The economic origins of ultrasociality', Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Charafeddine, R., Mercier, H., Clément, F., Kaufman, L., Reboul, A., Van der Henst, J.-B. Children's allocation of resources in social dominance situations. Developmental Psychology.

Trouche, E., Johansson, P., Hall, L. & Mercier, H. (2016) The selective laziness of reasoning. Cognitive Science.

Bernard, S., Castelain, T., Mercier, H., Van der Henst, J. B., Kaufmann, L. & Clément, F. (2016) The boss is always right: Preschooler endorse the testimony of a dominant over that of a subordinate. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Terrier, N., Bernard, S., Mercier, H., & Clément, F. (2016) Visual access trumps gender in 3- and 4-year-old children’s endorsement of testimony. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Mercier, H. (2016) Making Science Education More Natural – Some Ideas From the Argumentative Theory of Reasoning. German Journal of Educational Psychology. Special issue ‘Learning through communication.’

Castelain, T., Girotto, V., Jamet, F. & Mercier, H. (2016) Evidence for benefits of argumentation in a Mayan indigenous population. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Mercier, H. (2016) The Argumentative Theory: Predictions and Empirical Evidence. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Bernard, S., Clément, F. & Mercier, H. (2016) Pure wishful thinking and its moderation in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Mercier, H., Deguchi, M., Van der Henst, J-B. & Yama, H. (2016) The benefits of argumentation are cross-culturally robust: the case of Japan. Thinking & Reasoning.

Castelain, T., Bernard, S., Van der Henst, J.-B. & Mercier, H. (2016) The influence of power and reason on young Maya children’s endorsement of testimony. Developmental Science.

Mercier, H. (2016) Confirmation bias – Myside bias. In Cognitive Illusions, 2nd ed. (Pohl, R.) Psychology Press.

De Vignemont, F. & Mercier, H. (2016) Under influence. In Kornblith, H. & McLaughlin, B. (Eds) Alvin Goldman and His Critics. Blackwell.

Mercier, H., Bonnier, P. & Trouche, E. (2016) Why don't people produce better arguments? In Macchi, L., Bagassi, M. & Viale, R. (Eds.) The Language of Thought. MIT Press.


Chevallier, C., Xu, J., Adachi, K., van der Henst, J.B. & Baumard, N., (2015) Preschoolers’ understanding of merit in two Asian societies. Plos One.

Baumard, N. & Chevallier, C., (2015). The nature and dynamics of world religions: A life history approach. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Baumard, N., (2015) Evolutionary Psychology and Public Policy, in D. Buss (Ed.) The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, John Wiley & Sons.

Debove, S., Baumard, N. & André, J.B., (2015) Evolution of equal division among unequal partners, Evolution.

Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., McVey, A., Rump, K., Sasson, N.J., Herrington, J. & Schultz, R.T., (2015). Measuring social attention and motivation in Autism Spectrum Disorder using eye-tracking: Stimulus Type matters. Autism Research.

Baumard, N., Hyafil, A., Morris, I., & Boyer, P., (2015) Explaining the Axial Age: How Energy Capture Favored Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions. Current Biology

Debove, S., André, J.B. & Baumard, N., (2015) Partner choice creates fairness in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Carré, A., Chevallier, C., Robel, L., Barry, C., Maria, A-S., Pouga, L., Philippe, A., Pinabel, F., Berthoz, S. (2015) Tracking Social Motivation Systems Deficits: The Affective Neuroscience View of Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Molesworth, C., Chevallier, C., Hampton, J., Happé, F. (2015). Children with Autism do not Show Sequence Effects with Auditory Stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Miton, H. & Mercier, H. (2015) Cognitive obstacles to pro-vaccination beliefs. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Charafeddine, R., Mercier, H., Clément, F., Kaufmann, L., Reboul, A., & Van der Henst, J. B. (2015) How preschoolers use cues of dominance to make sense of their social environment. Journal of Cognition and Development.

Miton, H., Claidière, N. & Mercier, H. (2015) Universal cognitive mechanisms explain the success of bloodletting. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Mercier, H., Trouche, E., Yama, H., Heintz, C. & Girotto, V. (2015) Experts and laymen grossly underestimate the benefits of argumentation for reasoning. Thinking & Reasoning.

Mercier, H. Zhang, J., Qu, Y., Lu, P. & Van der Henst, J.-B. (2015) Do Easterners and Westerners treat contradiction differently? Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Bernard A., André J.-B. and Bredeche N. (2015). Evolution of Cooperation in Evolutionary Robotics: The Tradeoff Between Evolvability and Efficiency. Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life.

André, J.B. (2015). Contingency in the evolutionary emergence of reciprocal cooperation. The American Naturalist. 185:303-316.



Sheskin, M., Chevallier, C., Lambert, S., and Baumard, N. (2014) Life-history theory explains childhood moral development, Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Grèzes, J., Valabrègue, R., Gholipour, B. & Chevallier, C. A direct amygdala-motor pathway for emotion to influence action and its nesting with emotion perception network: a Diffusion Tensor Imaging study. Human Brain Mapping.

Baumard, N. & Sheskin, M. (2014) Partner Choice and the Evolution of a Contractualist Morality, in Decety, J. & Wheatley, T., The Moral Brain, M.I.T. Press.

Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., Tonge, N., Le, L., Miller, J. & Schultz R.T. (2014) Susceptibility to the audience effect explains performance gap between children with and without autism in a Theory of Mind task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Boyer, P. & Baumard, N. (2014) Empirical problems with the notions of "big gods" and of prosociality in largesocieties (Commentary on Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan), Religion, Brain and Behavior.

Baumard, N. (2014) For public policies, our evolved psychology is the problem AND the solution (Commentary to 'Evolving the Future: Toward a Science of Intentional Change' by Wilson, Hayes, Biglan and Embry), Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Trouche, E., Sander, E. & Mercier, H. (2014) Arguments, more than confidence, explain the good performance of reasoning groups. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Mercier, H., Bernard, S. & Clément, F. (2014) Early sensitivity to arguments: How preschoolers weight circular arguments. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Mercier, H. & Heintz, C. (2014) Scientists’ argumentative reasoning. Thematic issue of Topoi.

André, J.B. 2014. Mechanistic constraints and the unlikely evolution of reciprocal cooperation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 27:784-795.

C. El Mouden, André, J.B., O. Morin, and D. Nettle. 2014. Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour: A general approach based on the Price equation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 27:231-41.



Baumard, N. & Boyer, P., (2013) Explaining Moral Religions, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17 (6) pp. 172 - 180.

Baumard, N. & Boyer, P. (2013) Religious Beliefs as Reflective Elaborations: A Modified Dual-Process Model, Current Directions in Psychological Science. (See also Herbert Wray's post on the Huffington post)

Baumard, N., André, J.B. & Sperber, D., (2013) A Mutualistic Approach to Morality, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (target article), 36 (1) 59-122.

Baumard, N. (2013) Cultural Norms: Transmitted Behaviors or Adaptive Responses? Commentary on Drew Gerkey's Cooperation in Context, Public Goods Games and Post-Soviet Collectives in Kamchatka, Russia, Current Anthropology, 54 (2), pp. 144 - 176.

Chevallier, C. (2013) 'Theory of mind' In F. Volkmar, R. Paul and K. Pelphrey (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Chevallier, C., Huguet, P., Happé, F., George, N. & Conty, L. (2013) Salient social cues are prioritized in Autism Spectrum Disorders despite overall decrease in social attention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 43, 1642–1651.        

Courty, A., Maria, A-S., Lalanne, C., Ringuenet, D., Vindreau, C., Chevallier, C., Pouga, L., Pinabel, F., Philippe, A., Adrien, J-L., Barry, C. & Berthoz, S. (in press). Levels of autistic traits in Anorexia Nervosa: a comparative psychometric study. BMC Psychiatry.

Liénard, P., Chevallier, C., Mascaro, O., Kiura, P. & Baumard, N. (2013) Early understanding of merit in Turkana children, Journal of Cognition and Culture, 13 (1), 57-66.

Parish-Morris, J.*, Chevallier, C.*, (*co-first authors) Tonge, N., Letzen, J., Pandey, J. & Schultz, R.T. (2013). Visual attention to dynamic faces and objects is linked to face processing skills: A combined study of children with autism and controls. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. 4(185), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00185.

Mercier, H. (2013) "Recording and explaining cultural differences in argumentation." Journal of Cognition and Culture

Mercier, H. (2013) "The function of reasoning: Argumentative and pragmatic alternatives." Thinking and Reasoning

Dezecache, G., Mercier, H. & Scott-Phillips, T. (2013) "An evolutionary approach on emotional communication." Journal of Pragmatics.

Strickland, B. & Mercier, H. (2013) "Bias neglect: A blind spot in the evaluation of scientific results." QJEP

Mercier, H. & Heintz, C. (2013) "The place of evolved cognition in scientific thinking." Religion, Brain and Behavior

Bicchieri, C. & Mercier, H. (2013) “Self-serving biases and public justifications in trust games.” Synthese

Mercier, H. (2013) "Using evolutionary thinking to cut across disciplines: the example of the argumentative theory of reasoning". In Zentall, T. & Crowley, P. (Eds.) Comparative Decision Making. Oxford University Press.   

Mercier, H. (2013) “Our pigheaded core: How we became smarter to be influenced by other people”. In Calcott, B., Joyce, R. & Sterelny, K. (Eds.) Evolution, Cooperation, and Complexity. MIT Press.



Baumard, N. (2012) The moral problem of group selection Commentary on Pinker's The false allure of group selection, Edge.

Baumard, N. (2012) The evolution of cooperation: from networks to institutions, Commentary on Dunbar's Networking Past and Present, Social Evolution Forum, May 2012. (See also Gintis's Commentary on Dunbar and Baumard).

Baumard, N. (2012) The restorative logic of punishment: Another argument in favor of weak selection, Comment on Guala's "Reciprocity: weak or strong? What punishment experiments do (and do not) demonstrate", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35 (2).

Baumard, N. & Sperber, D. (2012) Evolutionary and Cognitive Issues in the Anthropology of Morality , in Fassin, D. (Ed.), A Companion to Moral Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell.

Chevallier, C., Kohls, G., Troiani, V., Brodkin, E.S. & Schultz, R.T. (2012). The Social Motivation Theory of Autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(4) 231-239.

Baumard, N., Mascaro, O. & Chevallier, C. (2012). Preschoolers are able to take merit into account when distributing goods. Developmental Psychology, 48(2) 492-498.

Baumard, N. & Chevallier, C. (2012) What goes around comes around: The evolutionary roots of the belief in immanent justice. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 12 67-80.

Chevallier, C., Molesworth, C. & Happé, F. (2012). Diminished Social Motivation Negatively Impacts Reputation Management: Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Case in Point. PLoS ONE 7(1): e31107. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031107

Chevallier, C., Grèzes, J., Molesworth, C., Berthoz, S. & Happé, F. (2012) Selective social anhedonia in high functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 42(7),1504-9.

Chevallier, C. (2012) Theory of mind and autism: Revisiting Baron-Cohen et al.’s Sally-Anne study. In A. Slater and P. Quinn (Eds.), Developmental Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies, Sage, 148-163.

Kohls, G., Chevallier, C., Troiani, V. & Schultz, R.T. (2012) Social ‘wanting’ dysfunction in autism: neurobiological underpinnings and treatment implications. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (4)10, doi:10.1186/1866-1955-4-10

Sperber, D. & Baumard, N. (2012) Morality and reputation in an evolutionary perspective, Mind and language, 27 (5), 495-518.

Landemore, H. & Mercier, H. (2012) "Talking it out’: Deliberation with others versus deliberation within". Análise Social

Mercier, H. & Strickland, B. (2012) “Evaluating arguments from the reaction of the audience.” Thinking and Reasoning

Mercier, H. (2012) "Some clarifications about the argumentative theory of reasoning. A reply to Santibáñez Yañez (2012)" Informal logic

Mercier, H. (2012) "Looking for arguments." Argumentation

Mercier, H. (2012). "The social functions of explicit coherence evaluation." Mind & Society.

Bernard, S., Mercier, H. & Clément, F. (2012) “The power of well connected arguments: Are children sensitive to the connective because?” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Mercier, H., Yama, H., Kawasaki, Y., Adachi, K. & Van der Henst, J-B. (2012) “Is the use of averaging in advice taking modulated by culture?” Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Mercier, H., Landemore, H. (2012) "Reasoning is for arguing: Understanding the successes and failures of deliberation" Political Psychology.

Sperber, D. & Mercier, H. (2012) “Reasoning as a social competence”. In Landemore, H. and Elster, J. (Eds.) Collective Wisdom. Cambridge University Press.

Claidière*, N. and J.B. André*. 2012. The transmission of genes and culture: a questionable analogy. Evolutionary Biology 39:12 (PDF) (*co-first authors)



André, J.B. & Baumard, N. (2011) Social opportunities and the evolution of fairness, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 289, 128-135.

André, J.B. & Baumard, N., (2011) The evolution of fairness in a biological market, Evolution, 65 (1) 1447-1456.

Baumard, N. & Liénard, P. (2011) Second or third party punishment? When self-interest hides behind apparent functional interventions (Letter in response to Mathew and Boyd's Punishment sustains large scale cooperation in prestate warfare), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (39).

Baumard, N. (2011), Punishment is not a group adaptation: Humans punish to restore fairness rather than to support group cooperation, Mind and Society, 10 (1) 1-26.

Bourrat, P., Baumard, N. & McKay, R., (2011) Surveillance Cues Enhance Moral Condemnation, Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 193-199.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Happé, F. & Wilson, D. (2011) What's in a voice? Prosody as a test case for the Theory of Mind account of autism. Neuropsychologia, 49(3) 507-517.

Sonié, S., Behrouz, K, Pirat, E., Masson, S., Bain, P., Robinson, J., Reboul, A. Wicker, B., Chevallier, C., Beaude-Chervet, V., Deleage, MH, Charvet, D., Barthélémy, C., Rochet, T., Tatou, M., Arnaud, V. & Manificat, S. (2011). French version of Autism Spectrum Quotient, Empathy Quotient and Systemizing Quotient [in French]. La Presse Médicale,40(4),180-188.

Mercier, H. (2011) "What good is moral reasoning?" Mind & Society.

Mercier, H. (2011). "When experts argue: explaining the best and the worst of reasoning" Argumentation.

Mercier, H. (2011) “Reasoning serves argumentation in children" Cognitive Development.

Mercier, H. (2011) "On the universality of argumentative reasoning" Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Mercier, H., Sperber, D. (2011) “Argumentation: its adaptiveness and efficacy” Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (Response)

Mercier, H., Sperber, D. (2011) “Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory” Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (Target article)

Mercier, H. (2011) “Self-deception: adaptation or by-product?” Behavioral and Brain Sciences. (Commentary on von Hippel and Trivers)

Abbot, P. & 136 other authors, including J. B.  André. 2011. Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471, e1-e10.

André, J.B. and O. Morin. 2011. Questioning the cultural evolution of altruism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24:2531-2542. (PDF)



Baumard, N. (2010), Has punishment played a role in the evolution of cooperation? A critical review, Mind and Society, 171-192, 9, 2.

Baumard, N., Boyer, P. & Sperber, D. (2010) Evolution of Fairness: Cultural Variability, (A Letter in response to Henrich et al.'s "Markets, Religion, Community Size, and the Evolution of Fairness and Punishment") Science 23 July 2010 329: 388-389

Baumard, N. & Sperber, D. (2010) Weird people, yes but also weird experiments Comment on Henrich et al.'s "WEIRD people", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 80-81.

Baumard, N. (2010), La morale comme organe de l'esprit : des philosophes des lumières à la psychologie contemporaine, In J. Ravat et A. Masala (Eds.) La morale humaine et les sciences, Paris : Editions matériologiques.

Baumard, N. (2010) Une théorie naturaliste des phénomènes moraux est-elle possible?, Matière Première, 1:1.

André, J.B. & Baumard, N., (2010) L’Evolution de la coopération chez l’homme, in Biologie Evolutive, Thomas, F., Lefèvre, T., and Raymond, M. (Eds.)

Baumard, N. & André, J.B., (2010) Les théories évolutionnaires de la culture, in Biologie Evolutive, Thomas, F., Lefèvre, T., and Raymond, M. (Eds.)

Baumard, N. & Morin, O. (2010) Les théories évolutionnaires de la religion, in Biologie Evolutive, Thomas, F., Lefèvre, T., and Raymond, M. (Eds.)

Chevallier, C., Wilson, D., Happé, F. & Noveck, I. (2010) Scalar inferences in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(9), 1104-1117.

Chevallier, C., Bonnefond, M., Van der Henst, J-B. & Noveck, I. (2010) Using ERPs to capture prosodic stress and inference making. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 22(1),125-152.

Chevallier, C., Baumard, N., Pougas L. & Grèzes, J. (2010) Comprendre les actions, émotions et états mentaux d’autrui : psychologie et neurosciences. In A. Berthoz, C. Ossola and B. Stock (Eds.), La pluralite et les fondements cognitifs de la notion de points de vue , Paris : Conférences du Collège de France.

Southgate, V.*, Chevallier, C.* & Csibra, G. (2010) 17-month-olds appeal to false beliefs to interpret others’ communication. Developmental Science, 13(6), 907–912. (*co-first authors)

Mercier, H. (2010) “The social origins of folk epistemology”. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Sperber, D., Clément, F., Heintz, C., Mascaro, O., Mercier, H., Origgi, G. & Wilson, D. (2010) “Epistemic vigilance”. Mind & Language.

André, J.B. 2010. The evolution of reciprocity: social types or social incentives? The American Naturalist 175:197-210.



Baumard, N. (2009). Psychologie évolutionniste et sciences sociales, In J.-B. Van der Henst & H. Mercier (Eds.), La Psychologie évolutionniste, Grenoble : PUG.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Happé, F. & Wilson, D. (2009) From acoustics to grammar: Perceiving linguistic prosody in adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 502-516.

Noveck, I., Chevallier, C., Chevaux, F., Musolino, J. & Bott, L. (2009). Children’s enrichments of conjunctive sentences in context. In P. De Brabanter & M. Khissine (eds.) Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models. Current Research in the Semantics/pragmatics Interface, (20), 211-234.

Southgate, V., Chevallier, C. & Csibra, G. (2009). Sensitivity to Communicative Relevance Tells Young Children What to Imitate. Developmental Science, 12(6),1013-9

Van der Henst, J-B., Mercier, H. (Eds.) (2009) Darwin en tête ! L'Evolution et les sciences cognitives. Grenoble: PUG.

Mercier, H. (2009) “Modularité“ et “Psychologie évolutionniste”. In Thomas, F., Lefèvre, T. & Raymond, M. (Ed.) Biologie evolutive. Bruxelles : De Boeck.

Mercier, H. & Sperber, D. (2009) “Intuitive and reflective inferences.” In Evans, J. St. B. T. and Frankish, K. (Ed.) In two minds: Dual processes and beyond. Oxford University Press.

Mercier, H & Van der Henst, J-B. (2009) “La Psychologie évolutionniste.” In Van der Henst, J-B. and Mercier, H. (Ed.) Darwin en tête ! L'Evolution et les sciences cognitives. Grenoble: PUG



Baumard, N. (2008) « Hard-Neuroscience » : La science-fiction est-elle de bon conseil pour une approche cognitive de la morale ? Cahiers Romans de Sciences Cognitives, 3(2), 83-95.

Chevallier, C., Noveck, I., Bott, L., Lanza, V., Nazir, T. & Sperber, D. (2008). Making disjunctions exclusive. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(11), 1741-1760.

Claidière, N., Jraissati, Y. & Chevallier, C. (2008). A colour sorting task reveals that adult colour categories are ‘truly’ perceptual and culture specific. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8(3-4), 211-233.

Van Der Henst, J-B., Chevallier, C., Schaeken, W., Mercier, H. & Noveck, I. (2008). Dealing with indeterminacy in spatial descriptions. Psychological Research, 72 (5), 553-556.

Van der Henst, J-B., Chevallier, C., Schaeken, W., Mercier, H. & Noveck, I (2008). “Dealing with indeterminacy in spatial descriptions”. Psychological Research.

Politzer, G. & Mercier, H. (2008) “Solving categorical syllogisms with singular premises”. Thinking & Reasoning.


2007 and before      

Baumard, N. (2007). Comment réconcilier évolution, cognition et culture : une approche contractualiste de la morale. In C. Clavien & C. El Bez (Eds.), L’éthique : l’inné et l’acquis, Lausanne : Presses Universitaires de Lausanne.

Baumard, N. (2007). La morale n’est pas le social, Terrain, 48, 49-72.

”Van der Henst, J-B., Mercier, H., Yama, H., Kawasaki, Y. & Adachi, K. (2006) “Dealing with contradiction in a communicative context: a cross-cultural study”. Intercultural Pragmatics.

Noveck, I., Mercier, H. & Van der Henst, J-B. (2007) “Some interpretational difficulties regarding the Social Contract account of the content effect”. In Roberts, M.J. (Ed.) Integrating the mind. Hove: Psychology Press.

Van der Henst, J-B. & Mercier, H. (2007) “Psychologie évolutionniste et raisonnement.” In Rossi, S. and Van der Henst, J-B. (Ed.) Psychologies du raisonnement. Bruxelles: DeBoeck

Noveck, I., Van der Henst, J-B., Rossi, S. & Mercier, H. (2007) “Psychologie cognitive et raisonnement.” In Rossi, S. and Van der Henst, J-B. (Ed.) Psychologies du raisonnement. Bruxelles: DeBoeck

Mercier, H. & Van der Henst, J-B. (2007) “Psychologie évolutionniste” In Baudouin, J-Y. (Ed.) Psychologie cognitive – tome 1 : L’adulte. Breal.

André, J.B. and T. Day. 2007. Perfect reciprocity is the only evolutionarily stable strategy in the continuous prisoner’s dilemma. Journal of Theoretical Biology 247:11-22.