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.
- 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
Turpin, H. and Willard, A. (2022) 'Credibility Enhancing Displays, religious scandal, and the decline of Irish Catholic orthodoxy'. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 0 (in press).Open Access Link
Baimel, A., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Bolyanatz, A., Cohen, E., Handley, C., (2022) 'Material insecurity predicts greater commitment to moralistic and less commitment to local deities: a cross-cultural investigation'. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 12 (1-2). pp. 4 - 17. ISSN: 2153-599X Open Access Linket al.
Purzycki, BG., Willard, AK., Klocová, EK., Apicella, C., Atkinson, Q., Bolyanatz, A., (2022) 'The moralization bias of gods’ minds: a cross-cultural test'. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 12 (1-2). pp. 38 - 60. ISSN: 2153-599X Open Access Linket al.
Vardy, T., Moya, C., Placek, CD., Apicella, CL., Bolyanatz, A., Cohen, E., (2022) 'The religiosity gender gap in 14 diverse societies'. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 12 (1-2). pp. 18 - 37. ISSN: 2153-599Xet al.
Beheim, B., Atkinson, Q., Bulbulia, J., Gervais, W., Gray, RD., Henrich, J., (2021) 'Treatment of missing data determined conclusions regarding moralizing gods'. Nature, 595 (7866). pp. E29 - E34. ISSN: 0028-0836 Open Access Linket al.