I study the cultural evolution of religon. My research asks questions about: the relative contributions of cognition and culture to religious/supernatural beliefs, the psychological consequences of ritual participation and the relationship between religion and cooperation. More recently, my work seeks to identify when (and in what ways) socio-ecological challenges create changes in religious systems; with a particular focus on how (and with what consequences) religious systems are adapting their concerns to the rising threats associated with the climate crisis.
Research group membership
UoA4: Developmental Psychology, Cognition and Cognitive Awareness, Applied Social Psychology; Prevention Science