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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Boli Reyes-Jaquez is an Assistant Professor at University of New Hampshire, and director of the Social Cognition Development lab (https://socialcognitiondev.com/). He studies human development, with a focus on how cognitive, social, and cultural factors influence two fundamental domains of social evaluation: competence and morality. Before joining the Psychology department at UNH, he obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. After spending the next two years teaching in the Dominican Republic as a Fulbright Fellow, he returned to the U.S. as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Minnesota, and then joined the DBN team as a Postdoctoral Associate at University of California, Riverside. Current DBN-related interests include testing whether as a starting point in life, concepts like moral fallibility (e.g., misusing one’s authority/powers) are deemed to be uniquely human, or also applicable to supernatural agents.

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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