Upper Akaroa Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand. Phillip Capper.

Study with us

I am currently advertising a PhD scholarship, information is available here.
As of January 2024 I will based at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Beginning 2024, I am the course coordinator of a new course titled PSYCH 382 Culture and Cognition at the University of Canterbury. This course provides a background for students interested in joining the lab and includes sections on mentalising, religion and cultural evolution. Students interested in joining the lab are also recommended to take courses on quantitative research methods and statistics such as PSYC344 Intermediate Research Methods and Statistics.

Starting in March 2024, the lab will hold regular informal meetings where we read and discuss recent research articles. Open to students, staff and visitors. Please get in touch with me if you would like to join the lab mailing list or attend our meetings.


I am happy to discuss postgraduate supervision on a range of topics, including:

  • Theory of mind, mindreading and folk psychology
  • The cognitive science of religion
  • Cultural evolution
  • Social transmission
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Social network analysis
  • Text analysis

The University of Canterbury offers Honours, Masters and Doctoral level postgraduate qualifications (general information here). The university also offers numerous competitive scholarships for domestic and international postgraduate students (general information here).

If you would like to discuss postgraduate supervision, please send me your academic records and a paragraph on your academic interests. I enjoy working with students with a diverse range of academic and personal backgrounds.

I am currently advertising a PhD scholarship to study with me. Please click here for more information.


If you would like to arrange a visit to our lab please feel free to get in touch.

The University of Canterbury offers Erskine Fellowships for established academics interested in visiting the university. These fellowships cover the costs of international travel and provide a daily living allowance. Recipients are expected to contribution to teaching.