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  • 3 h-Index
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Biography

Valerie completed her doctoral studies at the School of Psychology, the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2014. There, she did work on the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory and future event imagination. After her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral project at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she investigated the intersection between religious ritual and episodic memory. She then joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, where she worked on religion, memory, and group processes as part of the Ritual, Community, and Conflict project. Valerie joined the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour group at CABS, Coventry University, as Research Associate at the beginning of 2016 - a position later renamed as 'Research Fellow' (per 01/01/2019). 

Research Interests

Belief; Cognitive science of religion; Imagination; Episodic memory; Creativity; Unbelief

Vision Statement

My primary interests are in the cognitive underpinnings of imagination and the psychology of belief, which I examine using methods from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My research takes place in the overlap between beliefs, imagination, memory, and creativity. My other interest is in unbelief, or so-called ‘secular’ beliefs: the beliefs that non-religious individuals hold, and their functions. 

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • imagination
  • memory
  • belief
  • creativity
  • unbelief
  • religion

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 37 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Introduction to the special issue: What are religious beliefs?

Coleman, T. J., Jong, J. & Van Mulukom, V. 1 Jan 2018 In : Contemporary Pragmatism. 15, 3, p. 279-283 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

What are Religious Beliefs?

Coleman III, T. J., Jong, J. & van Mulukom, V. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Contemporary Pragmatism . (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

9 Citations

An fMRI investigation of the relationship between future imagination and cognitive flexibility

Roberts, R. P., Wiebels, K., Sumner, R. L., van Mulukom, V., Grady, C. L., Schacter, D. L. & Addis, D. R. 27 Jan 2017 In : Neuropsychologia. 95, p. 156-172 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Imagination
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Least-Squares Analysis
Individuality
Publications
2 Citations
Ceremonial Behavior
Episodic Memory
Arousal
Religion
Sense of Coherence
1 Citations

Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition.

Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J. & Möttönen, R. 8 Nov 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 15100

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Press / Media

Intuition (Anthill podcast)

Valerie van Mulukom

16/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

The secret to creativity – according to science

Valerie van Mulukom

3/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research