Thought Leadership

Firat, Rengin. 2022. The Neuroscience of Innovation. 2022.

Firat, Rengin, Amelia Haynes and Ashita Goswami. 2022. Three Neuroscience Based Strategies to Combat Employee Burnout.


Firat, Rengin, Kalina Michalska and Will Kalkhoff. 2021.  “Frontiers of Neurosociology” Interview with Joseph Cohen (Host). The Annex Sociology Podcast. Recorded September 20, 2021.

Firat, Rengin. 2019. “Neurosociology” Interview with Joseph Cohen (Host). The Annex Sociology Podcast. September 23, 2019.

Peer-Reviewed Articles Published or Forthcoming:

Firat, Rengin. Forthcoming. “Individualistic Values Moderate Neural Responses to Social Exclusion among African American Respondents: An fMRI Study.” In Advances in Group Processes,  Emerald (Eds. Kalkhoff, Will).

Firat, Rengin. 2021. “A Neurosociological Theory of Culturally and Structurally Situated Cognition and Ethno-Racial Stress.” Frontiers in Sociology, section Sociological Theory (Research topic: Neurosociology: A New Field for Transdisciplinary Social Analysis).

Hitlin, Steven, Hye Won Kwon and Rengin Firat. 2021. “In- and Out-Groups across Cultures: Identities and Perceived Group Values.” Social Science Research, 97(102569).

Firat, Rengin B. 2019. “Opening the “Black Box”: Functions of the Frontal Lobes and Their Implications for Sociology.” Frontiers in Sociology (Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology section). 4:3.

Firat, Rengin B., Hye Won Kwon, and Steven Hitlin. 2018 . “A Novel Measure of Moral Boundaries: Testing Perceived In-Group/Out-Group Value Differences in a Midwestern Sample.” Socius, 4:(1-11).

Alban Lauka, Jennifer McCoy and Rengin Firat. 2018. “Mass Partisan Polarization: Measuring a Relational Concept.” Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist on Polarization and Democracy: A Janus-Faced Relationship with Pernicious Consequences, (62)1: 107 – 12.

Firat, Rengin, Steven Hitlin, Vincent Magnotta and Daniel Tranel. 2017. “Putting Race in Context: Target Social Class Modulates Processing of Race in the vmPFC and the Amygdala.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(8): 1314–1324.

Firat, Rengin and Jennifer L. Glanville. 2017. “Measuring Voluntary Association Diversity: A Comparison of Proxy and Direct Approaches.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 46(1), pg 1-13, pg. 218-230.

Kwon, Hye Won and Rengin Firat. 2017. “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Altruistic Value Boundaries and Well-Being.” In Alleviating World Suffering: The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life, Springer (Ed. Ronald E. Anderson), pg. 147-164.

Firat, Rengin. 2016. “Discrimination and Well-being: The Moderating Effects of Value Orientations.” Social Indicators Research, pg 1-13, OnlineFirst.

van Leeuwan, Florian, Helena Miton, Rengin Firat and Pascal Boyer. 2016. “Gay men seen as defectors: Commitment to group defense predicts aggressive homophobia.” Evolutionary Psychology, pg. 1-8.

Firat, Rengin and Pascal Boyer. 2015. “Coalitional Affiliation as a Missing Link Between Ethnic Polarization and Well-being: An Empirical Test from the European Social Survey.” Social Science Research, Vol. 53, pg. 148-161.

Boyer, Pascal, Rengin Firat and Florian van Leeuwan. 2015. “Safety, Threat and Stress in Inter-Group Relations: A Coalitional Index Model.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, Vol. 10(4), pg. 434-450.

Firat, Rengin B. 2014. “Media Usage and Civic Life: The Role of Values.” Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Vol. 2(1), pg. 117-142.

Firat, Rengin and Steven Hitlin. 2012 (Invited paper). “Morally Bonded and Bounded: A Sociological Introduction to Neurology.” In Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 29, Emerald (Eds. Kalkhoff, Will, Shane Thye and Edward Lawler), pg. 165-199.

Firat, Rengin. 2012. “Trust and Political Participation: A Multi-Dimensional Comparison of Four Nations.” Sosyoloji Arastirmalari Dergisi (Journal of Sociological Research), Vol. 15(2), pg. 45-76. (can be accessed here:

Edited Book Chapters

Kwon, Hye Won and Rengin Firat. 2017. “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Altruistic Value Boundaries and Well-Being.” In Alleviating World Suffering: The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life, Springer (Ed. Ronald E. Anderson), pg. 147-164.

Firat, Rengin and Chad M. McPherson. 2010. “Toward an Integrated Science of Morality: Linking Mind, Society and Culture.” In Handbook of the Sociology of Morality, Springer (Eds. Hitlin, Steven and Stephen Vaisey), pg. 361-384.

Book Reviews

Firat, Rengin. 2021. (Invited Review). “Cognitive Code: Post-Anthropocentric Intelligence and the Infrastructural Brain” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Vol. 50(5): 398-400.

Firat, Rengin and Steven Hitlin. 2012. (Invited Review Essay). “Neurosociology and the Difficult Art of Building Interdisciplinary Bridges.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Vol. 41(6), pg. 780-783.

Non-Refereed Publications

Firat, Rengin. 2020. “Covid-19, Agency and Communities of Color.” Contexts Fall 2020 special issue on pandemics.

Schutt, Russel, Rengin Firat and David Sloan Wilson (eds). 2020. Special Issue of This View of Life: “Debate: Nothing In Sociology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” (retrieved July 20, 2020).

Schutt, Russel and Rengin Firat. 2020. “The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lesson in Evolution, Biology, and Society,” American Sociological Association Footnotes, Vol. 48(3), pg. 23.

Firat, Rengin and Steven Hitlin. 2016. (Invited Encyclopedia entry) “Self.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology, Sage Publications (ed. Harold L. Miller), pg. 824-825.

McPherson, Chad M. and Rengin Firat. 2011. “Towards an Integrated Science of Morality.” In Newsletter of the Altruism, Morality & Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association, Vol. 2(2), pg. 38-57.