Valerie has a diverse educational background, starting with a BA in Language and Culture Studies and a MPhil in Linguistics (both at Utrecht University, graduated cum laude) in the Netherlands, and finishing with a PhD in Psychology (University of Auckland, Dean’s List for Excellence achieve with the doctoral thesis) in New Zealand. Her doctoral work focused on the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory and imagination.
After her PhD, she moved to work in the cognitive science of religion, and completed a postdoctoral project at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she investigated the intersection between religious ritual and episodic memory. After Aarhus, she joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, where she worked on religion, memory, and group processes as part of the Ritual, Community, and Conflict project. In March 2016, she joined the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour group at Coventry University, where she continues her work on the cognitive science of imagination and belief. She is currently involved in several projects at ICEA, primarily focused on identity fusion and its underlying cognitive mechanisms in a number of different populations.
Valerie’s primary research interests are in the cognitive science of memory, imagination, and belief.
van Mulukom, V. (2019) The Cognitive Science of Imagination and Religion. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion 5(1), 5-20.
Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J., Möttönen, R. (2017). Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition. Scientific Reports 7(1), 15100.
van Mulukom, V. (2017). Remembering Religious Rituals: Autobiographical Memories of High-Arousal Religious Rituals Considered from a Narrative Processing Perspective. Religion, Brain & Behavior 7(3), 191-205.
Roberts, R.P., Wiebels, K., Sumner, R.L., van Mulukom, V., Grady, C.L., Schacter, D.L., Addis, D.R. (2016). An fMRI investigation of the relationship between future imagination and cognitive flexibility. Neuropsychologia 95, 156-172.