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A lecturer at Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, Justin L. Barrett is a psychologist who writes on the evolution of religion. He serves as a senior researcher and acting director of Oxford’s Centre of Anthropology and Mind. For the past five years, he also has been international coordinator of experimental research programs at the Institute of Cognition and Culture at The Queens’ University in Belfast. Dr. Barrett was educated at Calvin College and earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Cornell University in 1997. He then returned to Calvin as an assistant professor of psychology for three years. Moving on to University of Michigan as a visiting assistant professor, he spent a year as a consultant for the University of California, Davis, before taking up his posts at Oxford where he directs a research program on the cognitive science of religion funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Barrett is the founding editor of the Journal of Cognition and Culture and consulting editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is the author of some forty papers published in academic journals and volumes of collected works. His book, Why Would Anyone Believe in God?, which presents a scientific account of the prevalence of religious beliefs, was published by AltaMira Press in 2004.       

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