Research interests:
Religion and religious diversity; cooperation and conflict; Culture and cognition; cultural evolution.

Ara Norenzayan is also a director of the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC), a joint SFU and UBC research hub that connects scientists to psychologists, religious studies scholars and others in the humanities and social sciences.

Norenzayan, A. (2016). Theodiversity. Annual Review of Psychology, 67, 21.1-21.24.

Norenzayan, A. (2013). Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Princeton University Press.

Henrich, J., Heine, S. J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 61-83.

Norenzayan, A., & Shariff, A. F. (2008). The origin and evolution of religious prosociality. Science, 322, 58-62.

Norenzayan, A., & Heine, S. J. (2005). Psychological universals: What are they and how can we know? Psychological Bulletin, 135, 763-784.


Winter 2016

PSYC404 Psychology of Religion Sections

Cognitive, emotional, and motivational underpinnings of religious behaviour; supernatural beliefs, magical thinking, ritual, sacrifice; religion's role in morality, prosociality, health, violence, and intergroup relations.

Winter 2016

PSYC308A Social Psychology - SOCIAL PSYC Sections

Theory and research of individual social behaviour; social motivation; attitudes; group interaction; socialization; prejudice.

Winter 2016

PSYC528 Advanced Methods in Social Psychology and Personality Sections

To be offered in alternate years only.