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Evan Balkcom

Evan Balkcom is originally from the US and currently a PhD candidate in psychology and science communication at the University of Otago. His main area of focus is the cognitive science of religion. Specifically, researching the differences between religious and non-religious people and the way that unbelief develops and is maintained in light of religious intuitions and unexplainable experiences. Evan is also interested in irrational decision making, especially the sort that is driven by essentialist beliefs and moral contagion.


 

Jamin Halberstadt

Jamin Halberstadt received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. in social cognition at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently a full professor and incoming Head of Department at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. His eclectic research interests include emotion and decision making, social categorization and aesthetics, religious cognition, and “in vivo behavioral tracking,” a methodology he pioneered to permit the experimental study of large groups in unfettered contexts (e.g., a sports stadium). He has authored and co-authored over 100 articles and book chapters and is currently a Senior Editor at Psychological Science, the field’s premier outlet for empirical research.


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