Stuart Ritchie

Stuart Ritchie is a PhD Psychology student at The University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are in education and learning, with secondary interests in the psychology of religion and the paranormal. A list of publications can be found here:


Contributions by Stuart Ritchie


Religion’s common denominators, and a plea for data

Beit-Hallahmi rightly notes that psychologists of religion focus on the psychological common denominators that associate with religious beliefs. Some of these are cognitive processes; for instance, Barrett (2000) has discussed the ‘Hyperactive Agent Detection Device’, a cognitive feature whereby humans (and some animals) tend to misperceive the movements of objects in the world as intentional, even if the object is,