Below are some of the research projects that I am currently working on.


The Cultural Evolution of Religion in the Pacific

The Cultural Evolution of Religion in the Pacific

How does religion co-evolve with socio-political structures? How has Christianity spread over human history? What kinds of gods and spirits were there in early societies?

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The Social Dynamics of World Explanations

The Social Dynamics of World Explanations

Why do people disagree over how best to explain the world? How are world explanations transmitted between people? How important are individual cognitive differences and group affiliations in how we explain the world?

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The Evolutionary Demography of Religion

The Evolutionary Demography of Religion

Why do family sizes vary so much across religions? Could religious communities provide support networks for parents? How important are fertility rates in the persistence of religions?

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Theory of Mind Across Cultures

Theory of Mind Across Cultures

How does culture shape the way we think about the human mind? Are there cross-cultural differences in how people conceptualise and label mental states? Can mental state terms be directly translated across languages?

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The Structure of Religion in Hunter-gatherer Societies

The Structure of Religion in Hunter-gatherer Societies

How do the religious systems of hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies differ? How did professional religious specialists emerge in human history? Why is belief in black magic so common in human history

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Variation in Gods’ Minds Across Culture and History

Variation in Gods’ Minds Across Culture and History

How do people’s conceptualisations of gods vary across cultures? Are there common dimensions or forms that gods are thought to take? How have concepts of gods changed over history?

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