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Our 10 inaugural research teams are working with people in 40 distinct cultural-religious settings, spanning 16 countries and at least 12 languages, to date.

SINGAPORE

PI: Kushnir

Richert

California, UNITED STATES • Yucatán, MEXICO 

Cultural-religious groups include Protestants, Catholics, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jewish people, Muslim people, and religiously unaffiliated people living in and around Riverside, California, United States; as well as Catholics, members of a Protestant Anabaptist fraternity with roots in Pentecostal Christianity (“Los Hermanos”), and charismatic Evangelical Christians (“Autodenominados”) living in Maya villages in the Yucatán, Mexico

Rebekah Richert is is one of the primary investigators on the Developing Belief Network and is the Lead PI for this research team. She is a full professor of psychology and the director of the Childhood Cognition Lab at the University of California, Riverside. Learn more about her research here.

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Elizabeth Davis is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at the University of California, Riverside. She is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Laura Shneidman is an assistant professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

Kara Weisman is the Postdoctoral Project Director for the DBN, currently based out of the University of California, Riverside. Learn more about her research here.

 

Personal website: 

kgweisman.github.io

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Bolivar Reyes-Jaquez  is an an assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the DBN, based out of the University of California, Riverside.

McAuliffe

Mantaro Valley, PERU  •  Kabarole, UGANDA

Cultural-religious groups include Catholics and Evangelical Protestants living in the Mantaro Valley, Peru; as well as Anglicans and Catholics living in and around Kabarole, Uganda

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Katherine McAuliffe is an assistant professor of psychology and the director of the Cooperation Lab at Boston College. She is the PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

Corriveau

New England, UNITED STATES  •  Hsinchu and surrounding areas, TAIWAN R.O.C.

Cultural-religious groups include Protestants, Catholics, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jewish people, Muslim people, and religiously unaffiliated people living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, United States; as well as people who engage in a range of Buddhist, Taoist, and Yiguandao beliefs and practices living in and around Hsinchu, Taiwan R.O.C.

Kathleen Corriveau is one of the primary investigators on the Developing Belief Network and is the Lead PI for this research team.  She is a full professor of psychology and the director of the Social Learning Lab at Boston University. Learn more about her research here.

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Eva Chen is an associate professor in the College of Education at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. She is Co-PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Maliki Eyvonne Ghossainy  is the Senior Research Scientist for the DBN, currently based out of Boston UniversityLearn more about her research here.

 

Personal website: 

www.malikighossainy.com

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Ayse Payir is a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Social Learning Lab at Boston University. Learn more about her research here. 

 

Personal website: 

aysepayir.wixsite.com/ayse

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Allison Williams  is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the DBN, currently based out of Boston UniversityLearn more about her research here.

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Burdett

England, UNITED KINGDOM  •  Tsimané & Mosetén villages, BOLIVIAN AMAZON

Cultural-religious groups include Christians and Muslims living in various locations in England, United Kingdom; as well as Catholics and Evangelical Protestants living in Tsimané and Mosetén villages in the Bolivian Amazon

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Emily Burdett is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham and is the Lead PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Michael Gurven is a professor of anthropology and chair of Integrative Anthropological Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara.  He is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about his research here.

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Helen Elizabeth Davis is an assistant professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

Dautel

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UNITED KINGDOM  •  Dublin, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Cultural-religious groups include Catholics and Protestants living in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; as well as Catholics and Protestants living in the Republic of Ireland

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Jocelyn Dautel is a lecturer in the psychology at Queen's University Belfast and is the Lead PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Laura Taylor is an assistant profesor in  psychology at University College Dublin. She is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Aidan Feeney is a professor of psychology at Queen's University Belfast and is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about his research here.

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John Coley is Director of the Conceptual Organization, Reasoning, and Education Laboratory (CORE Lab) at Northeastern University and is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about his research here.

Tarullo

Greater Tzaneen, SOUTH AFRICA

Cultural-religious groups include Christians with a range of syncretic traditional Southern African beliefs and practices living in the rural villages surrounding Tzaneen, South Africa

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Amanda Tarullo is an associate professor of psychology and brain sciences at Boston University and is the Lead PI for this team. 

 

Learn more about her research here.

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Denise Evans is a principal researcher at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) and  a senior researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a Co-PI of this team. Learn more about her research here.

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Peter Rockers is an assistant professor of psychology at Boston University and Director of the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation certificate program. He is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about his research here.

Srinivasan

Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA  •  Tel Aviv, Central, and Northern ISRAEL

Cultural-religious groups include Hindus and Muslims living in Vadodara, Gujarat, India; as well as Modern Orthodox Jewish people living in and around Tel Aviv, Israel and Muslim Arab people living in Central and Northern Israel 

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Mahesh Srinivasan is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and directs UC Berkeley Language and Cognitive Development Laboratory. He is the Lead PI for this team.  Learn more about his research here.

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Gil Diesendruck is a full professor of psychology and Director of the Language and Cognitive Development Laboratory at the Gonda Brain Research Center, and currently Head of the Interdisciplinary Unit, all at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is a Co-PI of this team. Learn more about his research here.

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Audun Dahl  is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a Co-PI for this team. Learn more about his research here.

Amin

Tripoli, Tyre, Chouf Mountains, Jounie and Keserwan, Koura, and Beirut, LEBANON

Cultural-religious groups include Maronite Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Shia Muslims, and Sunni Muslims living throughout Lebanon, as well as members of the Druze faith living in and around the Chouf Mountains, Lebanon

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Maliki E. Ghossainy is Senior Research Scientist for the Developing Belief Network and is based at Boston University. She is Co-PI for this team.  

Learn more about her research here.

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Tamer Amin is an associate professor in the Department of Education at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is the Lead PI for this research team.  Learn more about his research here.

Kushnir

SINGAPORE  •  Shanghai, CHINA

Cultural-religious groups include Buddhists and Muslims living in Singapore; as well as religiously unaffiliated people living in and around Shanghai, China

Tamar Kushnir is a professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University and director of the Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory. She is the Lead PI for this research team. 

Learn more about her research here.

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Shaun Nichols is a  professor of philosophy at Cornell University. He is a Co-PI for this research team.

Learn more about his research here.

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Yue Yu is a research scientist in the Centre for for Research in Child Development at Nanyang Technological University. He is a Co-PI for this research team. Learn more about his research here.

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Xin (Alice) Zhao is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Culture and Child Development Lab at East China Normal University. She is a Co-PI for this research team. Learn more about her research here.

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Anggoro

Jakarta & Bali, INDONESIA

Cultural-religious groups include Muslims and Christians (Protestants and Catholics) living in Jakarta, Indonesia; as well as Hindus and Muslims living in Bali, Indonesia

Florencia Anggoro is an associate professor of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross. She is the Lead PI for this research team. Learn more about her research here.

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Benjamin Jee is an associate professor of psychology at Worcester State University. He is Co-PI for this team.

Learn more about his research here.

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Each team works closely with additional collaborators, institutions, and research staff in the field.

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