The cultural morphospace of ritual form: examining modes of religiosity cross-culturally

Evolution and Human behavior Vol/Iss. 32 Elsevier Published In Pages: 50-62
By Atkinson, Quentin D., Whitehouse, Harvey


Emotional arousal in ritual will be negatively associated with group size, group hierarchy, and reliance on agriculture (52, 55).


Group size and agriculture are negatively associated with dysphoric but not euphoric arousal, and group hierarchy is not significant.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman’s rank-order correlationPartially supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Agricultural IntensityIndependentTillage
Emotional ArousalDependentRitual
Group HierarchyIndependentCommunity Structure, Territorial Hierarchy
Group SizeIndependentCommunity Structure