Below is a summary of my main research areas.


The Cultural Evolution of Religion in Human History

The Cultural Evolution of Religion in Human History

How does religion co-evolve with socio-political structures? What kinds of gods and spirits were there in early societies? How did Organised religions arise and spread in human histoy?

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The Social Dynamics & Transmission of Worldviews

The Social Dynamics & Transmission of Worldviews

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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Culture & Learning in Theory of Mind

Culture & Learning in Theory of Mind

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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