My brief resume, curriculum vitae, and Google Scholar page.


Buhrmester, M.D., Zeitlyn, D., & Whitehouse, H. (in press). Ritual, fusion, & conflict: The roots of agro-pastoral violence in rural Cameroon. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Talaifar, S., Buhrmester, M.D., Ayduk, O., & Swann, W.B. Jr. (in press). Asymmetries in mutual understanding: People with low status, power, and self-esteem understand better than they are understood. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Ashokkumar, A., Talaifar, S., Fraser, W. T., Landabur, R., Buhrmester, M., Gómez, Á., … & Swann Jr, W. B. (2020). Censoring political opposition online: Who does it and why. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 91, 104031.

Curry, O. S., Hare, D., Hepburn, C., Johnson, D. D., Buhrmester, M. D., Whitehouse, H., & Macdonald, D. W. (2020). Cooperative conservation: Seven ways to save the world. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(1), e123.

Siromahov, M., Buhrmester, M., & McKay, R. (2020). Beliefs in national continuity are related to essentialist thinking and to perceptions of the nation as a family. Nations and Nationalism.

Newson, M., Buhrmester, M.D., Xygalatas, D. & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Go WILD, not WEIRD.  Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

Newson, M., Shiramizu, V., Buhrmester, M., Hattori, W., Jong, J., Yamamoto, E., & Whitehouse, H. (2020). Devoted fans release more cortisol when watching live soccer matches. Stress and Health, 36(2), 220-227.


Gomez, A., Vazquez, A., Rodriguez, L., Talafair, S., Diaz, M., Buhrmester, M.D., & Swann, W.B. Jr., (2019). Why people abandon groups: Degrading relational vs collective ties uniquely impacts identity fusion and identification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Kapitany, R. Kavanagh, C., Buhrmester, M.D., Newson, M. & Whitehouse, H. (2019). Ritual, identity fusion, the inauguration of President Trump: a pseudo-experiment of ritual modes theory. Self and Identity.


Buhrmester, M. D., Newson, M., Vázquez, A., Hattori, W. T., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Winning at any cost: Identity fusion, group essence, and maximizing ingroup advantage. Self and Identity, 17(5), 500-516.

Buhrmester, M., Burnham, D., Johnson, D., Curry, O. S., Macdonald, D., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). How moments become movements: Shared outrage, group cohesion, and the lion that went viral. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 54.

Buhrmester, M.D., Talaifar, S., & Gosling, S. (2018). An evaluation Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, its rapid rise, and its effective use. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Newson, M., Bortolini, T., Buhrmester, M., da Silva, S. R., da Aquino, J. N. Q., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Brazil’s football warriors: Social bonding and inter-group violence. Evolution and Human Behavior.


Lanman, J. & Buhrmester, M.D. (2017). Religious actions speak louder than words: CREDs exposure predicts theism. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 7(1), 3-16.

Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M.D., Gómez, Á., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C., Newson, M., Mathews, M., Lanman, J., & Gavrilets, S. (2017). The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiences. Nature: Scientific Reports, 7, 44292.


Newson, M., Buhrmester, M.D., Whitehouse, H. (2016). Explaining lifelong loyalty: the role of identity fusion and self-shaping group events. PLoS One, 11(8), 1-13.

Jimenez, J., Gómez, Á., Buhrmester, M. D., Vazquez, A, Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W. B. (2016). The Dynamic Identity Fusion Index (DIFI): A new continuous measure of identity fusion for Web-based questionnaires. Social Science Computer Review.


Buhrmester, M.D., & Swann, W.B., Jr. (2015). Identity fusion. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. 1–15. DOI: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0172

Swann, W.B., Jr., & Buhrmester, M.D. (2015). Identity Fusion. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 52-57.

Bastian, B., Bain, P., Buhrmester, M.D., Gomez, A., Vazquez, A., & Swann, W.B. Jr. (2015). Moral vitalism: Seeing good and evil as real. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Buhrmester, M.D., Fraser, W.T., Lanman, J., Whitehouse, H., & Swann, W.B. Jr. (2014). When terror hits home: Fused Americans who saw Boston bombing victims as “family” provided aid. Self & Identity, 1-18.

Whitehouse, H., McQuinn, B., Buhrmester, M.D., Swann, W.B. (2014). Brothers in arms: Libyan revolutionaries bond like family. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Swann, W.B., Jr., Buhrmester, M.D., Gómez, A., Jetten, J., Bastian, B., Vázquez A., et al. (2014). What makes a group worth dying for? Identity fusion fosters perception of familial ties, promoting self-sacrifice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 106 (6), 912.

Swann, W.B., Jr., Gómez, A., Buhrmester, M.D., López-Rodríguez, L., Jiménez, J., et al. (2014) Contemplating the ultimate sacrifice: Identity fusion channels pro-group affect, cognition, and moral decision making. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 106 (5), 713.


Seih, Y.T., Buhrmester, M.D., Lin, Y.C., Huang, C.L., Swann, W.B., Jr. (2013) Do people want to be flattered or understood? The cross-cultural universality of self-verification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49 (1), 169-172.

Buhrmester, M.D. (2013) Understanding the cognitive and affective underpinnings of whistleblowing. Dissertation.


Buhrmester, M.D., Gómez, Á., Brooks, M.L., Morales, J.F., Fernández, S., et al. (2012). My group’s fate is my fate: Identity-fused Americans and Spaniards link personal life quality to outcome of 2008 elections. Basic and Applied Social Psychology 34 (6), 527-533.

 Swann, W.B., Jr. and  Buhrmester, M.D. (2012) Self as functional fiction. Social Cognition 30 (4), 415-430.


Buhrmester, M., Kwang, T., & Gosling, S.D. (2011) Amazon’s Mechanical Turk a new source of inexpensive, yet high-quality, data? Perspectives on Psychological Science 6 (1), 3-5.

 Gómez, A. Brooks, M.L., Buhrmester, M.D., Vázquez, A., Jetten, J, Swann, W.B., Jr. (2011) On the nature of identity fusion: insights into the construct and a new measure. Journal of personality and social psychology 100 (5), 918. 

 Swann Jr, W.B., and Buhrmester, M.D. (2011) Self-Verification: The Search for Coherence. M. Leary & J. Tangney (Eds.) Handbook of Self and Identity 2nd Edition.

 Buhrmester, M.D., Blanton, H., and Swann, W.B., Jr. (2011) Implicit self-esteem: nature, measurement, and a new way forward. Journal of personality and social psychology 100 (2), 365.