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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercier, H., Trouche, E., Yama, H., Heintz, C. & Girotto, V. (in press) 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

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

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

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

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

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

Mercier, H. & Sperber, D. (2012) “Two Heads Are Better” Stands to Reason. Science (Letter)

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 deliberationPolitical Psychology.

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

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

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 efficacyBehavioral and Brain Sciences. (Response)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Edited book


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


Book Chapters


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.

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

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

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.

Book Review


Mercier, H (In press) "How to cut a concept? Review of Doing without Concepts by Edouard Machery". Biology & Philosophy

Conference Proceedings


Mercier, H. (2006) Some ideas to study the evolution of mathematics. In Gontier, N., Van Bendegem, J.P., and Aerts, D. Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture – A nonadaptationist systems theoretical approach

Yama, H., Manktelow, K. I., Mercier, H., Van der Henst, J-B., Kawasaki, Y. & Adachi, K.  (2006) A cross-cultural study on conditional reasoning and hindsight bias. In Sun, R. Proceedings of the XXVIII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 2399-2403.

Mercier, H., Van der Henst, J-B., Yama, H., Kawasaki, Y. & Adachi, K. (2006) Strategies for Evaluating Opinions: A Cross-Cultural Study. In Sun, R. Proceedings of the XXVIII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 1817-1822.

Mercier, H & Van der Henst, J-B. (2005) The source of beliefs in conflicting and non conflicting situations. In Bara, B.G., Barsalou, L, & Bucciarelli, M. Proceedings of the XXVII Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 1495-1500.

Van der Henst, J-B. & Mercier, H. (2005) “Belief revision in a communicative context.” Ninth International Symposium on Social Communication.