Dr Justin Gregory

Justin Gregory

Research Associate

Justin Gregory received his DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2014. He has subsequently been Research Associate Professor at Fuller School of Psychology in California, USA. His research interests range within the cognitive science of religion and broader issues in cognitive anthropology. Conducting experimental investigations with subjects in the UK, China, and Hong Kong SAR, his research focuses on the relationship between human intuitive ontologies and culture. Models of cultural transmission envelop the impact of reflective and intuitive psychological mechanisms on the genesis and spread of religious-type representations, considering both cultural and novel concepts. Findings have highlighted differences in both the memorability of religious-type concepts and the propensity to generate religious-type representations for cultural agents of different ages, hinting that children and adolescents play a key role in the perpetuation of religiosity.

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