The development and diversity of religious cognition and behavior: Protocol for Wave 1 data collection with children and parents by the Developing Belief Network

Weisman, K., Ghossainy, M. E., Williams, A. J., Payir, A., Lesage, K. A., Reyes-Jaquez, B., Amin, T. G., Anggoro, F. K., Burdett, E. R. R., Chen, E. E., Coetzee, L., Coley, J., Dahl, A., Dautel, J., Davis, H. E., Davis, E. L., Diesendruck, G., Evans, D., Feeney, A., … Richert, R. (Accepted/In press). The development and diversity of religious cognition and behavior: Protocol for Wave 1 data collection with children and parents by the Developing Belief NetworkPLoS One.

Why we should care about moral foundations when preparing for the next pandemic: Insights from Canada, the UK and the US

Pizza, L., Ronfard, S., Coley, J.D., Keleman, D. (2023). PLoS ONE, 18(5), e0285549. 

Conceptualizing Human-Nature Relationships: Implications of Human Exceptionalist Thinking for Sustainability and Conservation.

Kim, J.J.H., Betz, N., Helmuth, B., & Coley, J.D. (2023). Topics in Cognitive Science, 00(2023), 1-31.


Intuitive biological thinking in Chinese 8th graders

How Culture Shapes Social Categorization and Inductive Reasoning:A Developmental Comparison between the United States and China

Yian Xu, Megan Burns, Fangfang Wen, Emily Dahlgaard Thor, Bin Zuo, John D. Coley & Marjorie Rhodes (2022) How Culture Shapes Social Categorization and Inductive Reasoning:A Developmental Comparison between the United States and China, Journal of Cognition and Development, 23:5, 644-659, 

Human Exceptionalist Thinking about Climate Change

Betz, N. & Coley, J.D. (2022). Sustainability, 14, 9519.


Effects of Reading Interventions on Student Understanding of and Misconceptions about Antibiotic Resistance

Pickett, S.B., Nielson, C., Marshall, H., Tanner, K.D., & Coley, J.D. (2022). Journal of Microbiology Education, 23 (1),


Essentialist thinking predicts culpability and punishment judgments

Xu, Y., Berryessa, C.M., Dowd, M., Penta, D., & Coley, J.D. (2022). Psychology, Crime & Law, 28 (3), 246-267.



Beliefs about Human-Nature Relationships and Implications for Investment and Stewardship Surrounding Land-Water System Conservation

Coley, J.D,; Betz, N.; Helmuth, B.; Ellenbogen, K.; Scyphers, S.B.; Adams, D. (2021). Land, 10(12), 1293.


Do I Know You? The Role of Culture in Racial Essentialism and Facial Recognition Memory

Leffers, J. & Coley, J.D. (2021). Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 10(1), 5–12.


How essentialist beliefs about national groups differ by cultural origin and study abroad experience among Chinese and American college students

Xu, Y.; Li, X., & Coley, J.D. (2021). Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 24(4), 537-552).



Development of Conceptual Flexibility in Intuitive Biology: Effects of Environment and Experience

Betz, N. & Coley, J.D. (2020). Front Psychol.  11:537672.


Do We See Masculine Faces as Competent and Feminine Faces as Warm? Effects of Sexual Dimorphism on Facial Perception

Wen, F., Zuo, B., Ma, S., Xu, Y., Coley, J.D., & Wang, Y. (2020). Evolutionary Psychology, (18)4.


The development of essentialist, ethnic, and civic intuitions about national categories

Feeney, A., Dautel, J., Phillips, K., Leffers, J., & Coley, J.D. (2020). Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 59:95-131.



Cognitive Construal-Consistent Instructor Language in the Undergraduate Biology Classroom

Betz, N., Leffers, J., Thor, E.E.D., Fux, M., de Nesnera, K., Tanner, K., & Coley, J.D. (2019). Life Science Education, 18(4):ar63.



Cognitive Constraints Shape Public Debate on the Risks of Synthetic Biology

Swiney, L., Bates, D.G., & Coley, J.D. (2018). Trends in Biotechnology, 36(12):1199-1201.



Coley, J.D. & Betz, N.J. (2018). The Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development, (pp. 818-820).


Anthropocentric by Default? Attribution of Familiar and Novel Properties to Living Things

Arenson, M. & Coley, J.D. (2018). Cognitive Science, 42(1), 253-285.



Investigating Undergraduate Students’ Use of Intuitive Reasoning and Evolutionary Knowledge in Explanations of Antibiotic Resistance

Richard, M., Coley, J.D. & Tanner, K.D. (2017). CBE: Life Sciences Education, 16(3):ar55.


Development of essentialist thinking about religion categories in Northern Ireland (and the United States).

Smyth, K., Feeney, A., Eidson, R.C., & Coley, J.D. (2017). Developmental Psychology, 53(3), 475–496.


Intuitive Biological Thought: Developmental Changes and Effects of Biology Education in Late Adolescence

Coley, J.D., Arenson, M.B., Xu, Y., & Tanner, K.D. (2017) Cognitive Psychology, 92, 1-21.



Relations between Intuitive Biological Thinking and Biological Misconceptions in Biology Majors and Nonmajors

Coley, J.D. & Tanner, K.D. (2015). CBE: Lfe Sciences Education, 14, 1-19.



Not So Fast: Reassessing Gender Essentialism in Young Adults

Eidson, R.C. & Coley, J.D. (2014) Journal of Cognition and Development, 15(2), 382-392.



Development of the Biology Card Sorting Task to Measure Conceptual Expertise in Biology

Smith, J.I., Combs, E.D., Nagami, P.H., Alto, V.M., Goh, H.G., Gourdet, M.A.A., Hough, C.M., Nickell, A.E., Peer, A.G., Coley, J.D. & Tanner, K.D. (2013). CBE: Life Sciences Education, 12, 628-644.



Trees, Fish, and Other Fictions: Folk Biological Thought and Its Implications for Understanding Evolutionary Biology

Coley, J. D. & Muratore, T.M. (2012). Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution (22-46). Cambridge: Oxford University Press.


Where the wild things are: informal experience and ecological reasoning

Coley, J. D. (2012). Child Development, 83 (3), 992-1006.


Common origins of diverse misconceptions: cognitive principles and the development of biology thinking

Coley, J. D. & Tanner, K. D. (2012). CBE: Life Sciences Education, 11, 1-7.


Inside the Mind of a Medicinal Chemist: The Role of Human Bias in Compound Prioritization during Drug Discovery

Kutchukian, P.S., Vasilyeva, N.Y., Xu, J., Lindvall, M.K., Michael P. Dillon, M.P., Glick, M., Coley, J.D. & Brooijmans, N. (2012). PLoS ONE 7(11): e48476.



Generating Inductive Inferences: Premise Relations and Property Effects

Coley, J.D. & Vasilyeva, N.Y. (2010). The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 53, 183-226. Burlington MA: Academic Press.


The Relevance Framework for Category-Based Induction: Evidence From Garden-Path Arguments

Feeney, A., Coley, J.D. & Crisp, A. (2010). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 36(4), 906-919.



Inductive reasoning about causally transmitted properties

Shafto, P., Kemp, C., Bonawitz, L.B., Coley, J.D.  & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2008). Cognition, 109, 175-192.


Availability in category-based induction.

Shafto, P., Coley, J.D. & Vitkin, A. (2007). In A. Feeney & E. Heit (Eds.), Inductive reasoning: Experimental, developmental, and computational approaches (pp. 114–136). Cambridge University Press.


Effects of time pressure on context-sensitive property induction

Shafto, P., Coley, J.D. & Baldwin, D. (2007). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 890-894.


The human animal: Developmental changes in judgments of taxonomic and psychological similarity among humans and other animals.

Envy and jealousy in Russian and English: Labeling and conceptualization of emotions by native speakers and bilinguals

Sachs, O.S. & Coley, J.D. (2006). E. In A. Pavlenko (Ed.), Bilingual minds: Emotional experience, expression, and representation(209-231). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.


Folkbiology of freshwater fish

Medin, D.L., Ross, N.O., Atran, S., Cox, D., Coley, J.D., Proffitt, J.B. & Blok, S. (2006). Cognition, 99, 237-273.


Knowledge and Category-Based Induction

Coley, J.D., Shafto, P., Stepanova, O, & Barraff, E. (2005). In Ahn, W., Goldstone, R. L., Love, B. C., Markman, A. B., & Wolff, P. (Eds.),Categorization inside and outside the laboratory: Essays in honor of Douglas L. Medin (69-85). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.



Knowledge, expectations, and inductive reasoning within conceptual hierarchies

Cultural and experiential differences in the development of folkbiological induction

Ross, N., Medin, D.L., Coley, J.D. & Atran, S.  (2003). Cognitive Development, 18, 25-47.


Development of Categorization and Reasoning in the Natural World: Novices to Experts, Naive Similarity to Ecological Knowledge

Shafto, P. & Coley, J.D.  (2003). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 29, 641-649


A relevance theory of induction

Medin, D., Coley, J.D., Storms, G. & Hayes, B.  (2003). Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 10, 517-532.


The development of folkbiology: A cognitive science perspective on children’s understanding of the biological world.

Coley, J.D., Solomon, G.E.A., & Shafto, P.  (2002).  In P. Kahn & S. Kellert (Eds.), Children and nature: Psychological, sociocultural and evolutionary investigations (65-91). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Folkecology, Cultural Epidemiology, and the Spirit of the Commons

Atran, S., Medin, D., Ross, N., Lynch, E., Vapnarsky, V., Ucan Ek, E., Coley, J., Timura, C., & Baran, M.  (2002). Current Anthropology, 43(3), 421-450.


A bird’s eye view: biological categorization and reasoning within and across cultures

Bailenson, J.B., Shum, M.S., Atran, S., Medin, D. & Coley, J.D.  (2002). Cognition, 84, 1-53.


The Green Eyed Monster: Linguistic Influences on Concepts of Envy and Jealousy in Russian and English

Stepanova, O. & Coley, J.D.  (2002). Journal of Cognition & Culture, 2, 235-262.


Why essences are essential in the psychology of concepts

Ahn, W., Kalish, C., Gelman, S.A., Medin, D.L., Luhmann, C., Atran, S., Coley, J.D. & Shafto, P.  (2001). Cognition, 82, 59-69.


Tall is typical: Central tendency, ideal dimensions, and graded category structure among tree experts and novices

Lynch, E. B., Coley, J. D., & Medin, D. L. (2000). Memory & Cognition, 28, 41-50.


On the Importance of Comparative Research: The Case of Folkbiology

Coley, J.D.  (2000). Child Development, 71, 82-90.


Expertise and Category-Based Induction

Proffitt, J.B., Coley, J.D. & Medin, D.L (2000). Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory & Cognition, 26, 811-828



Inductive reasoning in folkbiological thought.

Coley, J. D., Medin, D. L., Proffitt, J. B, Lynch, E. B., & Atran, S.  (1999). In D.L. Medin, D. L. & S. Atran (Eds.), Folkbiology (205-232).  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press.


Folkecology and commons management in the Maya Lowlands

Atran, S.; Medin, D.; Ross, N.; Lynch, E.; Coley, J.; Ucan Ek’; E.; & Vapnarsky, V. (1999). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 96, 7598-7603.


Concepts and categorization.

Medin, D. L. & Coley, J. D.  (1998). In Hochberg, J. & Cutting, J. E. (Eds.), Handbook of Perception and Cognition (2nd Ed.): Perception and Cognition at Century’s End (403-440).  San Diego: Academic Press.


Beyond labeling: the role of maternal input in the acquisition of richly structured categories

Gelman, S. A., Coley, J. D., Rosengren, K. R., Hartman, E. E., & Pappas, A. S. (1998). Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 63, Serial No. 253.


Categorization and Reasoning among Tree Experts: Do All Roads Lead to Rome?

Medin, D. L., Lynch, E. B., Coley, J. D, & Atran, S.  (1997). Cognitive Psychology, 32, 49-96.


The Tree of Life: Universal and Cultural Features of Folkbiological Taxonomies and Inductions

López, A.,  Atran, S., Coley, J. D., Medin, D. & Smith, E.E.  (1997). Cognitive Psychology, 32, 251-295.


Generic species and basic levels: Essence and appearance in folk biology

Atran, S., Estin, P., Coley, J. D., & Medin, D. L.  (1997). Journal of Ethnobiology, 17(1), 22-45.


Does rank have its privilege? Inductive inferences within folkbiological taxonomies

Coley, J. D., Medin, D. L., & Atran, S.  (1997). Cognition, 64(1), 73-112.


Emerging Differentiation of Folkbiology and Folkpsychology: Attributions of Biological and Psychological Properties to Living Things

Coley, J. D.  (1995). Child Development, 66, 1856-1874.



Psychological essentialism and cultural variation: Children's beliefs about aggression in the United States and South Africa

Gelman, S. A., Coley, J. D., & Gottfried, G. M.  (1994). In L. W. Hirschfeld & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Mapping the mind:  Domain specificity in cognition and culture (341-365).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.


Language and categorization: The acquisition of natural kind terms.

Gelman, S. A., & Coley, J. D.  (1991). In J. P. Byrnes & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Perspectives on language and thought:  Interrelations in development (pp. 146-196). Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.


The Importance of Knowing a Dodo Is a Bird: Categories and Inferences in 2-Year-Old Children

The Effects of Object Orientation and Object Type on Children's Interpretation of the Word "Big"

Coley, J. D., & Gelman, S.A.  (1989). Child Development, 60, 372-380.