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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kirsten Lesage was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Developing Belief Network from 2020 to 2022 and was based out of Boston University. She completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Riverside in 2020. Kirsten’s research interests focused on (1) the cultural evolution of how causal explanatory systems are transmitted (e.g., language, testimony, social learning, and rituals), (2) the emergence of explanatory worldviews in early childhood, and (3) the role of the sociocultural context in the development of religious cognition and supernatural beliefs (e.g., concepts of God, prayer, supernatural causality). Personal website: www.kirstenlesage.com

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Graduate Research Associate

Kelly Cui was a graduate research associate for the Developing Belief Network based out of Boston University. She is broadly interested in how children learn from and interact with other people, and how socio-cultural context influences this process. She has done studies exploring the role of religious and cultural background on children’s understanding of reality and possibility. Personal website: www.bu.edu/wheelock/profile/kelly-yixin-cui