Principal Investigator

Ara Norenzayan, Ph.D.
Office: CIRS Building, Room 4354
Contact: ara (at)
Academic Interests: Thinking across cultures
Religious cognition, supernatural beliefs
Psychological foundations of culture
Issues of cultural variability and universality
Cultural evolution

Graduate Students

Adam Baimel, Ph.D. Candidate
Office: Kenny Building, Room 2202
Contact: adambaimel (at)
Academic Interests: Awe and meaning making
Eco-spirituality and environmental sacred values
Religious cognition and rituals
Theory of Mind/Mentalizing

Website: N/A

Cindel White, Ph.D. Candidate
Office: Kenny Building, Room 3526
Contact: cwhite (at)
Academic Interests:

Religion, morality, and mind perception
Evolution of social cognition and culture

Website: N/A

Lab Manager

Catherine Li
Office: Kenny Building, Room 2202
Contact: mecclabs (at)
Academic Interests:

Moral judgment
Sacred values and religion

Website: N/A

Selected Lab Alumni

Rita McNamara, Assistant Professor, Victoria University of Wellington.

Aiyana Willard, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford.

Jonathan Lanman, Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast.

Miriam Matthews, Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Roy Spina, Senior Lecturer, University of Chichester in West Sussex.

Ben Purzycki, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Will Gervais, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Azim Shariff, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine.

Emma Buchtel, Associate Professor, Educational University of Hong Kong.

Ilan dar-Nimrod, Lecturer, University of Sydney.

Ian Hansen, Assistant Professor, City University of New York, York College.

Albert Lee, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.



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