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Dr Aiyana Willard

Dr Aiyana Willard
Lecturer in Psychology


Aiyana Willard is a Lecturer (psychology) in the Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London and a research associate at the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford. Her research interests are in the cultural evolution of religion, karma, witchcraft and other supernatural beliefs.

Academic career:

  • Lecturer in Psychology, Brunel University London, 2018-current.
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Oxford, 2017-2018
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Texas at Austin, 2015-2017
  • PhD in Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2015
  • MA in Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2011

Newest selected publications

Willard, A., Cingl, L. and Norenzayan, A. (2020) 'Cognitive Biases and Religious Belief: A path model replication in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a focus on anthropomorphism'. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10 (1). pp. ? - ?. ISSN: 1948-5506 Open Access Link

Journal article

Willard, A., Busch, JTA., Cullum, KA., Letourneau, SM., Sobel, DM., Callanan, M. and et al. (2019) 'Explain this, explore that: A study of parent-child interaction in a children’s museum'. Child Development, 90 (5). pp. e598 - e617. ISSN: 0009-3920 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lang, M., Purzycki, BG., Apicella, CL., Atkinson, QD., Bolyanatz, A., Cohen, E., et al. (2019) 'Moralizing gods, impartiality and religious parochialism across 15 societies'. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 286 (1898). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 1471-2954 Open Access Link

Journal article

Willard, AK. and McNamara, RA. (2019) 'The Minds of God(s) and Humans: Differences in Mind Perception in Fiji and North America'. Cognitive Science, 43 (1). pp. e12703 - e12703. ISSN: 0364-0213 Open Access Link

Journal article

McNamara, RA., Willard, AK., Norenzayan, A. and Henrich, J. (2018) 'Weighing Outcome vs. Intent Across Societies: How cultural models of mind shape moral reasoning'. Cognition, 182. pp. 95 - 108. ISSN: 0010-0277 Open Access Link

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