Research interests:
 social inequality and theories of justice, self-regulation and goal pursuit, politics and religion, social class, rationalization and psychological reactance.


This is a list of recent representative publications; for a full list see lab website:

Kreps, T. A., Laurin, K., & Merritt, A. C. (in press). When leaders change their moral minds; Hypocrisy or open-minded evolution? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Laurin, K. (in press). Belief in God: A cultural adaptation with important side effects. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Laurin, K., & Kay, A. C. (2017). Motivational underpinnings of belief in powerful Gods. In J. M. Olson (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 56, pp. 201-257). London: Academic Press.

Belmi, P., & Laurin, K. (2016). Who wants to get to the top? Class and lay theories about power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 505-529.

Laurin, K., Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E J., Carswell, K. L., vanDellen, M. R., Hofmann, W., Lambert, N. M. Eastwick, P. W., Fincham, F. D., & Brown, P. C. (2016). Power and the pursuit of a partner’s goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 840-868.

Laurin, K., Kay, A. C., Proudfoot, D., & Fitzsimons, G. J. (2013). Response to restrictive policies: Reconciling system justification and psychological reactance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 122, 152-162.

Laurin, K., Shariff, A. Z., Henrich, J., & Kay, A. C. (2012). Outsourcing punishment to God: Beliefs in divine control reduce earthly punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 3272-3281.

Laurin, K., Kay, A. C., & Fitzsimons, G. J. (2012). Reactance versus rationalization: Divergent responses to constrained freedom. Psychological Science, 23, 205-209.
Winter 2017

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.