Jonathan Jong

Jong

I am currently a Research Fellow at Coventry University, and Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group there. I am also the Research Coordinator of the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Prior to this, I completed my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of Otago, while also dabbling in religious studies and philosophy. I started off working on philosophy of mind on one hand and the cognitive and motivational processes involved in facial attractiveness judgements on the other. These days, most of my work is on the psychology of religion and the philosophical issues associated with the scientific study of religion. In particular, I am interested in what motivates religious belief: what psychological needs—and especially what unconscious needs—might religious beliefs fulfill. On top of this, I am also an avid listener of podcasts, a user and collector of headphones and fountain pens, and an appreciator of all things dinosaur-related.

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