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Norenzayan, Ara

Core Area(s): Social/Personality

Research Interests
Evolutionary and cognitive approaches to religion; culture and cognition; issues of universality and cultural variability in psychology; cultural evolution

Courses Taught
PSYC 308 Social Psychology, PSYC 407 Culture and Cognition, PSYC 404 Psychology of Religion

Representative Publications
Norenzayan, A. (March 17, 2012). The idea that launched a thousand civilizations. New Scientist, 213, pp-42-44.

Norenzayan, A., Gervais, W., & Trzesniewski, K. (2012). Mentalizing deficits constrain belief in a personal God. PLoS ONE, 7, e36880.

Gervais, W. M. & Norenzayan, A. (2012). Analytic thinking promotes religious disbelief. Science, 336, 493-496.

Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 61-83.

Ginges, J., Hansen, I. G., & Norenzayan, A. (2009). Religion and support for suicide attacks. Psychological Science, 20, 224-230.

Norenzayan, A., & Shariff, A. F. (2008). The origin and evolution of religious prosociality. Science, 322, 58-62.

Norenzayan, A., & Heine, S. J. (2005). Psychological universals: What are they and how can we know? Psychological Bulletin, 135, 763-784.

Norenzayan, A., Smith, E. E., & Kim, B., & Nisbett, R. E. (2002). Cultural preferences for formal versus intuitive reasoning. Cognitive Science, 26, 653-684.

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