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My research interest is in the cognitive science of religion: exploring the ways in which humans’ capacity and proclivity to hold religious beliefs may be rooted in certain universal social-cognitive biases that naturally incline people to view the world in terms of agency, purpose, and design. In particular, I’m interested in how a broad teleological bias to see purpose in nature and in life events may make children and adults highly receptive to a number of common religious ideas (e.g., god, creationism, fate). In addition, I take a developmental approach to examine how universal, evolved cognitive biases interact with specific cultural input to support religious cognition throughout the lifespan.