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Department of Psychology


Despite the tremendous importance of religious and secular attitudes and beliefs for personal development and decisions made in life, both the cognitive mechanisms and associated brain processes underlying such beliefs are largely unknown. Our project aims to characterize the neurobiological processes underlying the development of religious cognition from early childhood to adulthood from a cognitive-affective neuroscience perspective. Using behavioural and electroencephalography (EEG) techniques, we study rational and emotional responses to belief statements at different stages of life (childhood, adolescence and adulthood), in religious Christians and in Atheists. Our project is supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Research Results

Data collection for this project is now complete. Updates on the results of our research will be published on this website in due course.


Project Team



Dr Valdas Noreika

Principal Investigator

Dr Tristan Bekinschtein


Dr Kaili Clackson

Research Associate

Riccardo Galli
Visiting Master student (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Hannah Thatcher

Undergraduate psychology student

Nadya Pohran

 Visiting Researcher